SAVANNAH, GA (October 1, 2017): The Savannah-Chatham Police Department is pleased to announce it has been awarded $123,727 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to continue the H.E.A.T. grant which was originally awarded in 2016.

The 2018 grant award will continue from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 and will help finance two traffic officer positions, regular operating expenses, telecommunications and travel within the Traffic Unit. The City of Savannah will continue to provide a grant match in the amount of $45,415 to cover the third officer and expenses within the unit.

“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to keeping everyone safe on our roads and highways, from the smallest precious cargo to the most seasoned drivers,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood.  “This grant will help Savannah-Chatham Police Department reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Georgia roadways.”

In a news conference on October 1, 2017, Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr. recognized the H.E.A.T. Unit’s accomplishments for the previous grant year. “The grant allows SCMPD to dedicate a unit to enforce DUI laws, combat excessive speed, enforce occupant restraint laws, and target aggressive and distracted drivers throughout Chatham County”.

The H.E.A.T. Unit will participate in traffic safety campaigns such as Click-It or Ticket, Operation Zero Tolerance, 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. and Rolling Thunder Mobilizations throughout Georgia.  The H.E.A.T. Unit will also participate in traffic safety education programs throughout the County.


For more information on this grant program, contact GOHS at 404-656-6996.

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