Police Director Assures Citizens All Stations To Remain Open This Year

Police Director Assures Citizens All Stations To Remain Open This Year

A lot of hot air has cleared the murkiness surrounding the closing of Memphis police stations.

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A lot of hot air has cleared the murkiness surrounding the closing of Memphis police stations.

Mayor AC Wharton and police director Toney Armstrong said no stations will be closed this fiscal year, which started on July 1 and ends June 30, 2014.

One city councilman said that if the police department gets to a point where it cannot staff its stations, the council will give Director Armstrong enough money to hire more staff.

“If the council decides we need to increase funding to hire more police officers, we'll do that. It's what we did a few years ago when we made a concerted effort to hire 135 officers a year for 3 consecutive years,” councilman Harold Collins said.

People didn’t like the idea of the city trying to save money by even thinking about closing down the Raines Police Station in Whitehaven.

“I will not close any precincts this fiscal year...this council year...I will not close a precinct. Will it happen next year? I feel certain if we do some things we won't have to close precincts next year,” Armstrong said.

Harold Collins wants to take it a step further.

“We have to do things differently and one of those things may be some times the police might not get everything they want to get, but that doesn't mean we have to close stations. It means you'll have to figure out different ways to do that.” Collins said.

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