Haslam announces 'road map' to improve public safety

Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 4:37pm
Staff reports

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.

11 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 1/5/12 at 6:11

Governor, what type of gang-related crimes? These are good goals, but we need much more. I do not know about this Governor. He just doesn't seem to get it.

By: lusksavage on 1/5/12 at 6:18

Einstein 62,
Why is it every time a republican talks about a road map, piles of money start disappearing?

By: Gary Lampman on 1/5/12 at 7:05

Mr Haslem ......Why not start by incarceration of the entire state and all of Tennessee's citizens because the perspective you offer is as bleak as it gets. While your KGB tactics of tracking all perscriptions and taking common products of the shelves to fight your personal war. Making everyone guilty and additional targets of Police Oversight and possible abuse. After all the DEA follows all the scripts and medical Boards to boot.

I think the broadening of police powers is a threat to civil Liberities and American Values. Only fools would give up civil Liberities for the fleeting promise of security. The GOP has found profitability in Prisons and management of accused. Certainly a mandate that imposes tougher sentences ,more prisons ,higher rates of probation , Parole......etc,etc.

Soon , the GOP will incarcerate 99% of the Population .including political dissent and speaking out of Turn. I always have said that the GOP looks foward to their Police State. The answer to every problem is not Incarceration!!!!

By: Moonglow1 on 1/6/12 at 8:48

Moonglow1: incarceration drives big bucks to Corrections Corporation of America. As we all know, Haslam loves to create public policies to drive tax dollars away from public programs into the hands of private companies. The private sector no longer needs to drive innovation to be successful. They can now do so because Republican governors are giving taxpayer money away. Public companies only need to stand outside of the governors door with an open hand.

Example: Haslam-you want to reduce crime? Put more cops out on the street. Cooperate with federal law enforcement. Monitor prescriptions and doctor hopping. You can do so without infringing on citizen's rights. You know how? It is called law enforcement. Give the law enforcement community the funding to combat crime.

By: Moonglow1 on 1/6/12 at 8:54

The USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world. One out of 100 people are in a jail or prison and 1 in 32 in the system on probation. Incarceration is a huge industry in the USA.

By: Radix on 1/6/12 at 1:16

Lampman, you are clueless. You would be the first to complain if they trim the police budget, then you're worried about the police taking over.

Moonglow is worried that Republicans are giving money to corporations, while Obama is throwing tax dollars at GM, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Chrysler, and lets not forget Solyndra and half the banks on Wall Street! One-percenter Pelosi is making $300M on insider trading, and you are just jealous they didn't give you as much. Gimme gimme...

Why don't we all just keep our own money and only collect what we need for police and roads?

Wow, some of the loopiest goofball comments I have ever seen.

Haslam is doing fine. Keep it up.

By: pswindle on 1/6/12 at 1:37

Radix, you can can your own opinions, but you can't have your own facts. Good Grief! This is one of the silliest post , yet. Haslam is doing what? What in the hell has he done, but save his own hide.

By: spooky24 on 1/8/12 at 4:58

I must admit Haslam has been a huge disappointment. I will not vote for him again-he just seems lost. Not a single thing on his 'list' that has not been done before-and failed.

Good example: "Mandating incarceration time for repeat domestic violence offenders" Ok Gov where is the money coming from and who are you going to let out to fit these in.

"Placing nonviolent drug addicts into drug court treatment programs" And where is this money coming from? What about the 75% that don't want treatment?

What a stupid and insulting 'press release' that reminds us all of the claptrap coming from the White House. A great example of how this Governor thinks we are all ignorant chumps.


By: brandenvaughan on 1/9/12 at 10:58

They are getting tougher on certain crimes? Do you remember the shoot-out at Hadley Park? One person was killed in the exchange and innocent bystanders were put at risk. One of the shooters only received a 3 year sentence. From the article above this would have fit under two of the things that he is supposedly changing. What exactly is he going to do to here? Hand it over to the Feds for tougher sentences? The US District Attorney ignored the pre-sentencing report and agreed to the 3 year sentence.

By: Loner on 1/12/12 at 6:15

The "Public Safety Subcabinet Working Group" ? Acronym: PSSWG? Uh, you guys need the services of Jingle James...think JAMES:

J for Jingles
A for Acronyms
M for Mnemonic devices
E for Euphemisms
S for Slogans

Contact the City Paper for details in contacting Jingle James c/o Loner.

How about the Public Informational Safety Subcabinet Enforcement Department Official Fact Finding group ...PISSED OFF.

Like it? At just $1,000, that is a bargain price for a first rate acronym...contact the City Paper for payment details.

Thanks for the business,

Jingle James

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