What are police and DA doing to reduce violent crime in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crime victims and those concerned about crime gathered in East Memphis on Wednesday evening to find out what the Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office and the Crime Commission are doing about it.
Almost 100 people took part in the Crime Forum at the Church of the Holy Communion in Walnut Grove.
“It’s time to let go of the hammer,” said one man in attendance.
The city’s new police chief CJ Davis admits violent crime is a big deal in Memphis.
“In 2021 there were 15,000 shootings,” said Chief Davis.
This number compares to just over 9,000 in 2016.
Statistics from the MPD also show that violent incidents involving firearms have increased by 72% in the past four years.
Also, this year, nearly 1,400 firearms were stolen from vehicles. As a result, MPD calls on law-abiding citizens not to leave guns in their cars.
â67% of the guns we seize on the streets have been stolen from someone’s vehicle. That’s a lot of guns, âsaid Chief Davis.
Chief Davis wants to hire 300 more officers over the next two years, bring back retired reserve officers to help with community policing and tackle reckless driving on city streets.
âWe just received an engagement from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. After the first of the year, we will have 16 agents dedicated to our region. It’s huge, âDavis said.
Shelby County Prosecutor Amy Weirich said they are warning violent repeat offenders that they will be monitoring them and will send them straight to jail and prey on serious juvenile offenders.
âAs of September 2021, our office requested and granted by court judges 25 minors to be transferred to adult court to be treated and tried as adults,â Weirich said.
The youngest person transferred, Weirich said, was fourteen for first degree murder.
The Crime Commission said community members can get involved in the fight against crime by contacting city and county leaders and lawmakers to voice their concerns, they can get involved in surveillance programs. neighborhood and even volunteer to supervise a child.
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