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Nonrecurring General Law Enforcement

Reference Number: MTAS-347
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: March 22, 2021
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Drug Fund money also can be spent for general law enforcement purposes. Unlike drug enforcement expenditures, general law enforcement expenditures must be nonrecurring. Generally, nonrecurring expenditures are capital expenditures, but not all qualifying expenditures will be capital expenditures. Basically, a city cannot spend Drug Fund money for ongoing, operational items.

Some examples of allowable nonrecurring, general law enforcement expenditures include:

  • Patrol and administrative vehicles;
  • Blue lights, sirens, radios, and radar units for the vehicles;
  • Video cameras, both for vehicle units and camcorders and body cameras;
  • Handguns but not ammunition (Ammunition for a drug enforcement officer is allowable as a drug enforcement expenditure.);
  • Fax machines and copiers;
  • Cellular telephones for general law enforcement and administrative officers, but not the monthly bill;
  • Non-drug patrol dogs but not food or veterinary services.


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