Toney Armstrong Named Police Director in Memphis


Saying he wanted a seamless transition and to preserve positive trends in crime reduction, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton tapped Toney Armstrong, the police department’s second-in-command, to succeed Larry Godwin as head of the department, says the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Armstrong, 44, a 22-year veteran of the department, succeeds Godwin April 15 if the City Council ratifies the appointment.

Armstrong said he would continue the department’s successful Blue CRUSH initiative, a data-driven police deployment strategy, and would uphold high standards in the detective bureaus, which he said are “near and dear to me.” Wharton praised Armstrong’s “toughness, fairness, sharpness and concern,” and called him the most well-rounded possible candidate for the job. Armstrong who has been in charge of day-to-day operations for the department’s 2,400 officers and its $200 million budget.

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