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Grant Programs:


Full Time DWI Officer Grant Opportunity

Minnesota Law Enforcement agencies that currently have a TZD enforcement grant are encouraged to apply for a Full Time DWI Officer grant. Agencies need to have 25 or more sworn officers in one of the following counties: Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Ramsey, St. Louis or Stearns. Funds are to be used solely for DWI enforcement which includes supporting a full time sworn officer, squad car and related traffic safety equipment. Submit your application through our E-grants system by 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15.

In-Squad Computer Grant Opportunity

Minnesota sheriff’s offices and municipal police departments can apply for a In-Squad Computer Grant to help finance in-squad computers and related peripherals. A 50 percent match on all equipment purchased through this grant is required. Grants will be awarded based on the amount of available funding and number of eligible proposals received. Submit your application through our E-grants system by 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15.

TZD Enforcement Grant Program 

The Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Enforcement grant program provides federal funds to law enforcement agencies to conduct enhanced traffic enforcement. A Request for Proposal (RFP) from law enforcement agencies will be posted to the Web site in Spring 2014 for the next grant cycle. In addition to the State Patrol, 55 law enforcement grants involving 277 agencies have been awarded for 2013. If agencies wish to partner with an existing grant, please contact Bruce Johnson, at (651) 201-7067.


TZD Safe Roads Grant Program

The TZD Safe Roads Grant program integrates the concepts of the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) statewide initiative by bringing together community stakeholders from education, engineering, emergency medical services, and engineering. TZD Safe Roads grants focus on connecting crash data and statewide efforts with local collaborations and activities. It also makes use of research and evaluation studies that point to the activities and best practices for the greatest impact in reducing traffic deaths and serious injuries. For more information including approved grant activities, contact Gordy Pehrson at (651) 201-7072.  


Integrated Judicial and Administrative Ignition Interlock Program

Proposals were received from judicial districts and probation services within a county to pilot a judicial ignition interlock program that coordinates with the current administrative ignition interlock program. The program requires counties or judicial districts to expand the use of ignition interlock and use it as a tool for reducing impaired driving and increasing legal driving. For more information, contact Jody Oscarson at (651) 201-7069.


DWI Court Programs

This project supports judicial leadership in the development of DWI Courts for repeat DWI offenders.  The Minnesota Supreme Court and Office of Juvenile Justice Programs have dedicated state and federal grant funding for the implementation of Drug Courts which were used as a model for the DWI Courts.  The project will augment state, local and other federal funding to support judicially led court programs that follow the DWI Court model to supervise  high risk DWI offenders. For more information, contact Jane Landwehr at (651) 201-7074.


Hazard Elimination Grants

The OTS provides grant funding to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for a variety of roadway hazard elimination projects. These safety countermeasures include cable median barrier installations; conflict reduction treatments for high serious crash intersections; installation of turn lanes; installation of rumble strips and rumble stripes; enhanced visibility highway striping; a pedestrian and bicycle safety handbook for Minnesota highway engineers; installation of impact absorbing guard rails; and the generation of roadway safety plans by Minnesota counties and MnDOT districts in tandem with a variety of highway safety stakeholders.  For more information, contact Bill Shaffer at (651) 201-7075.

Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)

DDACTS uses both crime and traffic crash data to identify and map problem areas, or locations where crime and crashes are found to overlap. Within these “hot spots,” community partners can provide additional key information about the neighborhoods. Law enforcement then uses traditional highly-visible traffic enforcement, such as increased directed patrols, and non-traditional strategies, to simultaneously address crime and crash problems.

The purpose of DDACTS is to make high risk neighborhoods safer. This policing strategy is designed to help reduce incidents of crime, fatal and severe injury crashes and overall social harm in communities. For more information, view NHTSA’s DDACTS Operational Guidelines or contact Shannon Swanson at (651) 201-7063.