Kingsport – The Kingsport Police Department received notification of a federal award today in the amount of $939,012 from the COPS grant program through the Department of Justice, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.‚ The grant provides funding for local governments to add and retain manpower with an emphasis on effective crime fighting through community policing strategies.‚ Positions awarded are fully funded for three years, with the organization providing funding for a fourth year.‚ Police agencies throughout the State of Tennessee will receive a total of $21,521,764.00.
We have been notified by Russ Deadrick, US Attorney, and the Department of Justice that our agency has received funding for six (6) full-time police officers. The amount awarded to the Kingsport Police Department is the fourth largest award in the state.‚ This award is the result of efforts of various organizations and agencies throughout Kingsport area.‚ We currently partner with a variety of non-profit and for profit community groups including: Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority (KHRA), South Central Kingsport Community Development Cooperation (SCKCDC non-profit), South Central Kingsport Weed and Seed (non-profit), Downtown Kingsport Association,‚ local law enforcement via the Second Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.
The community policing program continually enhances relationships with citizens.‚ This funding will allow those efforts to expand department wide.‚ The Kingsport Police Department is currently working with the South Central Kingsport Community Development Corporation and the Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority in a Weed and Seed area in the south central area of Kingsport.‚ The Weed and Seed Steering Committee is planning a second site; the new site includes 3 schools, and a much larger geographical area including the Highland, Borden Park and Cloud Apartments areas.‚ Through this funding the Kingsport Police Department will develop and integrate a department wide strategy of community policing; this will work hand in hand with new site development.
Gale Osborne, Chief of Police