MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Mid-South law enforcement joined more than 400 officers and prosecutors representing 17 of 41 partnered cities across the U.S. for the National Safety Partnership Symposium.
This was a big get for Memphis, because the DOJ also handed out $28 million in federal grants to partner cities for training and technical assistance in support of crime prosecution and gun intelligence.
The U.S. Department of Justice picked the Bluff City because we’re a role model in showing our federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies can work together and get the bad guys off the streets and reduce violent crime.
“What we know, and what we’re excited about, is that this PSP model works. These strategies and initiatives –as a result of these resources– are giving us the ability here in Memphis to drive down violent crime and protect our citizens,” said Mike Dunavant, U.S. Attorney, Western District, Tennessee.
Dunavant says because of the partnership, overall crime rate in Memphis has decreased by 7% since the program began.