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Memphis Police Department's SCORPION unit takes aim at high crime areas of the city

MPD said about 50 officers will be in high crime hotspots every day in an effort to reduce violent crime throughout the city.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department’s SCORPION Unit is hitting the streets to strike back at the city’s high violent crime rate.

The ‘Street Crimes Operation To Rescue Peace In Our Neighborhoods.’ or SCORPION for short, launched Friday. MPD said four teams of officers will focus on restoring peace in neighborhoods and reducing violent crime in hot spots across the city.

The department said the formation of SCORPION is a proactive effort at combating the of high numbers of car jackings, assaults, and homicides in the city.

"It's important to us that each member of the community feels they can go to the grocery store or live in their house without their house being shot or shooting frequently occurring on the streets and on the roadways,” said MPD Assistant Chief Sean Jones.

About 50 officers will be in high crime hotspots every day. These are areas the department gets calls for violent crimes on a daily basis.

MPD's New SCORPION UNIT Launched! The men and women of the Memphis Police Department’s newly formed SCORPION Unit are preparing to hit the streets today for the first time. SCORPION is an acronym for The Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods. The unit is comprised of four teams of officers whose primary focus will be violent crime reduction and the saturation of hot spot areas throughout the city. Here is a short video clip of the unit having roll call and preparing to go out for duty.

Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Friday, November 12, 2021

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