MPD Director Considers Closing 3 Precincts Due to Budget Cuts

MPD Director Considers Closing 3 Precincts Due to Budget Cuts

Faced with $6 million in budget cuts, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong's working plan includes closing three police precincts.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Faced with $6 million in budget cuts, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong's working plan includes closing three police precincts.

Raines Station serving Whitehaven, Old Allen Station serving Raleigh and Frayser, and Mt. Moriah Station serving East Memphis and Hickory Hill, are all proposed for closure.

Armstrong said the officers assigned to those precincts would be reassigned across the city.

"As it stands now, we're at our minimal staffing levels at our precincts. So we have to ask ourselves, and be prepared for the answer, that how much longer can we continue to not hire and not add to our staff with the number of people we have that are retiring and adequately staff nine precincts."

The director also said the department is losing officers, and he has no means to replace them. About 130 officers are set to retire, but the city council didn't approve spending money for a new recruiting class.

Armstrong told council members Tuesday that his budget plan is not yet finalized.

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