Memphis Faces Police Cuts; Officers May Not Respond To Non-Emergency Calls


If the Memphis police force is not scaled down, it could cost Memphians more money in taxes, reports WMC-TV. The city increased funding for police by 17 percent last year. Now, it is looking at freezing hundreds of police jobs. Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams says a city that is annexing new territory needs a comparable police force. “They’re making deep cuts to public safety and I’m wondering if this city will be able to stand this,” he said. “We’ve got people going into malls snatching stuff, we’ve got business owners being killed, shootings all over the place.”

Memphis Police Department currently employees 2,483 officers. The city says the complement must be reduced to 1,900 positions to stay afloat. City Finance Director Brian Collins says the city is looking for savings in all divisions to deal with a nearly $100 million budget gap. The Memphis Commercial Appeal quotes police director Toney Armstrong as saying that further cuts man mean officers’ not responding to non-emergency calls. (The article is available only to subscribers.)

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