About the Crime Commission

ABOUT THE CRIME COMMISSION

The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission seeks to improve public safety in the Memphis and Shelby County community by identifying and promoting evidence-based best practices.

The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission has created unprecedented partnerships with businesses, schools, neighborhood associations, hospitals, public safety agencies and local violence prevention organizations working to make Memphis and Shelby County a safer place.

Established in April 1997 by the Plough Foundation and Guardsmark, Inc. the Crime Commission is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that acts as a catalyst to bring agencies together to focus on innovative crime prevention methods. Its initiatives are dependent upon private contributions and grants.

FEATURED STORIES

SAFE COMMUNITY PLAN

The Safe Community Plan is a strategic initiative organized and spearheaded by the Crime Commission.

The initiative’s third five-year plan, 2017-2021, has a strong focus on reducing violent crime. Safe Community Plan~3 was developed with input from hundreds of citizens and approved by the board of directors of the Crime Commission, composed of fifty leaders from the public and private sectors.

Crime Commission Founded
Memphis Fast Forward
Safe Community Plan Launched
Safe Community Plan 2
Safe Community Plan 3
The Crime Commission’s mission has been to improve public safety by identifying and advocating best practices to prevent and reduce crime.
In 2005, former Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, former Memphis Mayor W. W. Herenton, former Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, and former United States Attorney David Kustoff along with Memphis Tomorrow developed an ambitious plan, “Memphis Fast Forward”, to accelerate economic growth in Memphis and Shelby County.
The Crime Commission began to carry out its mission by overseeing the development of a Safe Community Plan based on best practices. In addition, it has taken on the roles of galvanizing diverse leaders and stakeholders to implement and support the plan, monitoring progress toward implementation and measuring the plan’s impact.
The Crime Commission continued its mission by overseeing the development of the second Safe Community seeking to improve public safety in the Memphis and Shelby County community by identifying and promoting evidence-based best practices.
The initiative’s third five-year plan, 2017-2021, has a strong focus on reducing violent crime. The OSC 3 plan was developed with input from hundreds of citizens and approved by the board of directors of the Crime Commission, composed of fifty leaders from the public and private sectors.

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Overall Crime Rate in Memphis
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Major Violent Crime Rate in Memphis
In 2019 Compared to 2018
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Major Property Crime Rate in Memphis
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Act Now

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Join Neighborhood Watch

Law enforcement can’t prevent and reduce crime alone. It also takes engaged citizens at the neighborhood level. Join or organize a neighborhood watch group today.

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Take Our Safety Poll

Your voice matters. Take our safety poll and let us know your thoughts on community safety and your level of satisfaction with law enforcement.

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Mentor a Child

Habitual truancy is often a gateway to delinquency. Mentors can help move youth on to productive paths and away from criminal behavior. Become a mentor today.

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Be an Advocate

Spread the word that there is a Safe Community Plan to prevent and reduce crime. Donate to support Plan implementation and measure progress.

Join the Coalition

Join Safe Community

Join our safe community that is committed to building and encouraging safety. Together we can make Memphis and Shelby County a safer place.

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Contribute

Donate to the Crime Commission to support Safe Community Plan implementation and to measure progress. Join us in building a safer Memphis and Shelby County.