Reduce Major Violent Crime
Mayor Strickland has adopted a multi-pronged approach to fighting crime, including increasing the size of the police force, reducing recidivism, and supporting tougher sentences for certain violent crimes. For purposes of this measure, we define "major violent crime" using the FBI's Part 1 crime classification, which includes homicide, aggravated assault, rape, and robbery. In 2018, violent crime was down almost 6% compared to 2017 and we are encouraged that this trend in continuing in 2019.
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. Operation Blue Crush is operated by the Real Time Crime Center, which collects incident information as it’s happening and monitors more than 500 cameras around the city. By improving the flow of information and getting it quickly into officers’ hands, the Real Time Crime Center enables the MPD to deter more crime and respond faster when crimes happen.
Memphians have a continuing role in helping to prevent crime through the city’s Neighborhood Watch program. By being alert to what happens in in your neighborhood, partnering with local law enforcement, and helping the city take care of public spaces, you can be a part of addressing crime in your community.
In addition, MPD operates the Community Outreach Program (COP), which places a concentration of police officers in neighborhoods where crime is high in order to identify opportunities for crime prevention, and build trust and respectful relationships with residents.
- 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.