The Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office announced last week the awarding of more than $18 million to support highway safety in Tennessee. According to a press-release statement, the funds support the mission of the GHSO to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations. The Dyersburg Police Department was awarded a $5,000 grant, which Patrol Commander Capt. Steve Isbell says will be used to focus on alcohol-related accidents.
The DPD purchased 69 micro camcorders to be issued to each officer to aid in the collection and preservation of evidence during traffic stops. Isbell says that the additional information will give judges and juries the view of what the officer observes after the initial traffic stop of DUIs and other traffic-related offenses that cause accidents in our community.
"The GHSO grant is a team effort with all patrol personnel participating with the enforcement and collection of data," said Isbell.
DPD Officers Sgt. Brian Peckenpaugh and Chad Webb manage the grant and are responsible for collecting the data to submit the grant application each year. The pursuit of grants allows the DPD to reduce the financial strain on the city while purchasing much-needed equipment for the DPD.