Reduce Major Violent Crime

The Memphis Police Department (MPD) uses a variety of best-practice policing tools to fight crime, including a proactive, predictive policing initiative called Operation Blue CRUSH. With Blue CRUSH, the MPD uses data about past crimes to identify potential and emerging “hot spots” so that it can deploy officers more effectively in the field and respond more quickly to upticks in incidents. As demonstrated in other focus area pages, the City of Memphis is committed to increasing economic opportunity through job growth and livable wages; these factors directly impact crime rates and are important in our efforts to combat crime. Further, to reduce recidivism, the City has not only worked with the state legislature to lower expungement fees, but also set up a privately-funded program whereby nonviolent offenders can have their criminal record expunged for free.  For the purposes of this measurement, we use the FBI's Part 1 crime classification to define "major violent crime," which includes homicide, aggravated assault, rape, and robbery.  
Number of Major Violent Crimes
Memphians have a continuing role in helping to reduce crime through the city’s Neighborhood Watch Program.  This program has shown that citizens help in the reduction of local crime by being vigilant and partnering with local law enforcement to address the crime related issues and economic challenges within their community. As a complement to Neighborhood Watch, the Memphis Police Department operates the Community Outreach Program (COP) that puts a concentration of police officers in neighborhoods where crime is high in order to keep the peace and build trust between residents and police.
More information:
  • To create a Neighborhood Watch group, call your local Memphis Police Department precinct and speak with the Neighborhood Watch coordinator. The coordinator will take down your information and let you know what needs to be done to organize the neighborhood watch
  • If you or someone in your family are a victim of domestic violence, contact the Family Safety Center 24-hour hotline (901) 222-4400.