Haslam announces 'road map' to improve public safety
Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 4:37pm
Gov. Bill Haslam Thursday announced a plan for the next few years that he hopes will improve public safety across the state.
According to Haslam’s office, the plan — which consists of 11 objectives and 40 "action steps" — aims to reduce drug abuse and trafficking, violent crime, and the state’s rate of repeat offenders.
A committee made up of representatives from 11 state agencies and dubbed the Public Safety Subcabinet Working Group submitted the plan “after months of meetings with more than 300 public safety professionals and stakeholders across the state,” a release from Haslam's office stated.
The governor called the plan “a detailed road map that addresses some of our toughest safety challenges.” Officials hoped to roll out about 20 steps of the plan this year. Some of which include:
- Improving prescription drug database, helping to identify abusers;
- Developing alliances with other states to confront prescription drug abuse;
- Placing nonviolent drug addicts into drug court treatment programs;
- Imposing tougher sentences for certain types of gang-related crimes;
- Enacting tougher sentences for gun possession by those with prior violent felony convictions;
- Realigning under the Department of Correction the supervision of adult felony offenders to include probation, parole and community corrections; and
- Mandating incarceration time for repeat domestic violence offenders.
Some steps in the plan already underway include:
- Development of a real time database to track the purchases of products used to make meth;
- A statewide meth lab clean-up system;
- Development of a new anti-meth communications campaign; and
- In-depth training of all state troopers on drug interdiction.
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