$13K grant to fund computers for HCSD

The Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department will use a $13,000 federal Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant to buy five new mobile-data terminals – rugged in-car computers designed to withstand intense heat – and five in-car radios, officials say.

HCSD Capt. Chad Mullins says the Dell MDTs, mounts and radios will cost $13,500. The sheriff’s department will pick up the balance. The computers will replace MDTs that are beginning to malfunction, according to Mullins, operations captain.

The JAG grant coming to the sheriff’s department is part of a $406,000 in grants recently announced by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey.

“These grants will help address crime at various levels and provide resources to protect and serve the citizens of East Tennessee more effectively,” Overbey said in a release.

Local law enforcement agencies have received JAG grants in the past. In order to have enough money to make a significant purchase, the sheriff’s department and the Morristown Police Department receive the grants in alternating years.