localmemphis.com - The state of Tennessee’s top public safety leader is returning to Memphis to help fight crime and improve safety in Memphis and Shelby County.
Thursday afternoon, Bill Gibbons announced he is taking over as president of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and director of the newly created Public Safety Institute at the University of Memphis.
Gibbons said this new institute at U of M will be a meeting of the minds to help authorities with crime fighting methods and attorneys with ideas to help offenders after they are released from custody.
Gibbons said the public safety institute will partner with University of Memphis criminology department and law school to develop crime fighting strategies
It comes as the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission is finishing up its latest “Operation Safe Community” plan.
That will address the best ways to attack Memphis' longtime challenges of domestic violence, gang activity, and violent crime.
Gibbons said the goal is straight forward and ambitious make Memphis the safest' city of its size.
"I do not accept the notion that the current crime rate is inevitable, that it's something we have to live with. I reject that notion. I reject the notion that we should surrender any neighborhood in this community to a high level of crime," Gibbons said.
Gibbons will take over his new roles September 1st, 2016.
He said improving crime is the biggest key to improving Memphis' population and job growth.
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