TENNESSEE Highway Safety Office

The Oak Ridge Police Department maintains a close working relationship with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, a division of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security advocating for traffic safety.

By partnering with local law enforcement agencies, the overall goal is to reduce crash related injuries and fatalities on our roadways. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office distributes funding from federal sources, like the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute, in the form of grants, free training, and networking opportunities. The Oak Ridge Police Department has been very fortunate to have been awarded numerous THSO grants over the years, which have paid for overtime funding for officers engaged in traffic safety enforcement, in addition to providing specialized equipment such as radars, police motorcycles, and sobriety checkpoint signs and cones.

The Oak Ridge Police Department actively participates in the major enforcement campaigns sponsored annually by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, such as Booze It & Lose It, Click It or Ticket, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, etc. In addition, regular THSO enforcement campaigns are held over select Holiday periods, such as New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, and the 4th of July.

The Oak Ridge Police Department was fortunate to add an officer to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office group as a Network Coordinator in 2018. This officer assists the THSO Law Enforcement Liaison with managing the 22 agencies of the Traffic Enforcement Safety Team. This officer is one of four in the East Tennessee Region.