DOJ awards Memphis police, TBI over $800K in grants

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Department of Justice is giving some of our local law enforcement agencies over $800,000 in grants.

Both the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the Memphis Police Department (MPD) are receiving funds.

TBI is using the money toward investigating illegal activities involving methamphetamine.

Memphis police are going to put it toward technology that’ll help keep the community safer.

MPD currently has ten license plate reader cars out on the roads, and this will bring them an extra twenty.

This technology allows them to narrow in on suspects’ cars quickly, even if they have only some of the license plate numbers or are in a busy intersection.

Police say the money will also go to gunshot recognition cameras.

These allow officers to know when and where shots were fired.

“Every little bit helps and when you’re talking about cities and the types of constraints we have on budget, I mean, we always try to make sure we’re good stewards of taxpayer dollars and so we try to invest wisely, we try to use it wisely,” said Major Lambert Ross with MPD.