Representative Ragan Secures Critical Funding For University Of Tennessee, Law Enforcement Officials, Veteran Court Services
(NASHVILLE) – Critical funding for projects that will help the University of Tennessee, law enforcement officers, and veterans across the state was secured last week. The Tennessee House of Representatives finalized this funding as it passed the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The approval came after State Representative John Ragan (R–Oak Ridge) offered amendments to Governor Haslam’s budget including these crucial initiatives.
The first project allocates $500,000 to the University of Tennessee’s state-of-the-art Law Enforcement Innovation Center. This funding will go towards upgrading technology and establishing best-practice training programs for law enforcement agencies across Tennessee. The money targets a number of beneficial programs. These include school resource officer training, violent-crime-scene management, drug interdiction training, leadership assessments, and other, essential, law enforcement programs.
The second appropriation, secured by Representative Ragan, includes money for the Administrative Office of the Courts to establish specialized veteran’s courts. These dockets provide potential solutions for veterans entangled with our legal system because of problems related to their service.
Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic head injuries or substance abuse is cheaper than jail. It benefits the taxpayer and is better for the veteran.
“These projects are essential to the well-being of our state and I am grateful to Governor Haslam for working with us to get this money secured,” stated Representative John Ragan. “Allocating the taxpayers’ money frequently involves difficult decisions. However, putting it toward programs that truly benefit Tennesseans who have, and are, serving, is one of the most worthwhile uses.”
John Ragan is Vice-Chairman of the House Government Operations Committee. He lives in Oak Ridge and represents District 33, which includes a portion of Anderson County.