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Message from our Legislative Committee Chairman

The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association has had a very active year in the General Assembly. The Tennessee Public Safety Coalition has proven once again strong in helping pass legislation that makes Tennessee safe.

This past year with strong support from Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, Tennessee Department of Safety, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation along with the District Attorney Generals we were able to keep drug enforcement and criminal investigation legislation intact while maintaining strong penalties for criminals who need to be punished for their crimes against the citizens of our State.

With your help and the help of our strong partners and Legislators in the General Assembly, we were able to pass a death benefit for Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty and benefits to help the family members of emergency responders. These were complex bills that were supported by so many along with the strong support of Governor Bill Haslam.

Challenges await us in the upcoming General Assembly. As we move into next year we will continue to fight those bills that remain from last year and move on to new and more pressing issues. As Sheriffs, we see every day the increasing problems of drug addiction in our State. The influx of heroin, fentanyl, along with the opioid crisis is something we cannot continue to push to the back burner. One only has to turn to the State of Colorado to see the horrors of unrestricted drug use, and see how the traffic deaths, healthcare cost and driving impaired cases have risen. We can do better in Tennessee and we must!

Tennessee Sheriffs also strongly feel the mental health crisis should be addressed where we don’t incarcerate citizens in county jails when the system seems to have failed so many who have not committed a crime.

The challenges are great, the work ahead will be hard, but the Tennessee Sheriffs are up for the task.

Sheriff Jeff Long, Williamson County

 

 

 

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