Tennessee law enforcement receives millions in grants to fight crime

Posted at 4:54 PM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 17:54:33-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mid-state police were given a big boost by the federal government with $90 million given to Tennessee law enforcement agencies to help fight crime.

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the grants to several state and local agencies. The funding will go towards a variety of resources and programs including technology in crime labs and mental health help for officers.

It's part of their "Back the Blue" initiative to reduce crime. U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant pointed out today that 85 percent of crime enforcement comes from state and local agencies, which is why it's so important they're properly funded.