Mayor Talks Moving MPD Headquarters from 201 Poplar

Mayor Talks Moving MPD Headquarters from 201 Poplar

For decades MPD's top brass have operated out of 201 Poplar. The department pays a high price tag for those offices. The city rents the space for over a million dollars a year. However, all that could be soon be changing.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Big changes could be in store for the Memphis Police Department.

For decades MPD's top brass have operated out of 201 Poplar. The department pays a high price tag for those offices. The city rents the space for over a million dollars a year. However, all that could be soon be changing.

The Poplar headquarters costs almost one and a half million dollars a year. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton says the city may not being paying that rent much longer.

"I'm smiling because you will soon see some positive developments on that," Wharton says. "We are a tenant. We are renting. You never feel like you are fully at home when you are renting."

Wharton wants to create a home for the department, one the city isn't paying millions to rent.

"MPD needs a home, not to mention the rent that we are paying. The bulk of the operation is not really in its own home. It really should be in its own home, but I won't get into where that will be."

Right now, the mayor is just talking in "may's" and "might's". He won't say anything definite except changes are on the way.

MPD has operated out of 201 Poplar since the 80's. While Wharton is just hinting at changing that, he will say Memphians won't have to wait much longer to find out more.

"We will soon be unveiling a plan," he tells abc24.com. "It won't be just for the sake of whim and caprice, 'Oh, they want a new place.' It will be for operational reasons as well."

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is the other big voice in this.

He and the mayor are talking about a plan, but that is all we know. A police spokesperson says no decisions have been made. Director Armstrong was not available to talk Wednesday.
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