Still BLUE-CRUSHing crime data in Memphis streets \ Opinion
Feb. 7, 2019. Bill Gibbons, Guest columnist for The Commercial Appeal
Data-driven policing involves smart use of crime data to deploy law enforcement resources in the right places at the right times to have a maximum positive impact on the crime rate. New York City was the first major city to implement such an approach in a day-to-day consistent fashion, beginning in 1994. Referred to us CompStat (short for Compare Statistics), it is credited with creating dramatic reductions in New York's crime rate, moving it from having one of the highest crime rates among American cities to having one of the lowest crime rates. Read the full article.
2018 Media Releases
December 4th Quarter - MEMPHIS/SHELBY COUNTY VIOLENT CRIME RATE DROPS IN 2018; REPORTED GUN CRIMES DECLINE; JUVENILE OFFENSES UP
According to figures released by the University of Memphis Public Safety Institute and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, both Memphis and all of Shelby County made progress in reducing the violent crime rate in 2018 compared to 2017, with the most progress occurring within Memphis. Read the full report
October 29 - REPORTED GUN CRIME CONTINUES TO DECLINE
Reported gun crimes were down 17.3 percent during the first three quarters of 2018 (January – September) compared to the same time period last year in the city of Memphis and unincorporated parts of Shelby County, according to figures from the Project Safe Neighborhoods G.U.N. (Government United for Non-Violence) Unit. The latest figures build on
a 15.3 percent decline during the first half of the year (January – June). Full Report
September - 3rd Quarter 2018 - MURDERS, ROBBERIES, AND RAPES DECLINE
Based on preliminary figures from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) released by the University of Memphis Public Safety Institute and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, murders in Memphis were down 17.6 percent during the first three quarters of 2018 (January-September) compared to the same time period in 2017. Read the Report
June - 2nd Quarter 2018 - Violent Crime Rate Continues to Drop - Based on preliminary figures from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), major violent crime in Memphis and Shelby County continued to drop during the first half of this year compared to last year, according to the University of Memphis Public Safety Institute and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission. The mid-year figure builds on a decline during the first quarter of the year. Read the Report.
April - 1st Quarter 2018 - Local Violent Crime Drops - During the first quarter of 2018 (Jan - Mar), the major violent crime rate dropped in Memphis and all of Shelby County compared to the first quarter of 2017, according to preliminary figures from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) released today by the UofM Public Safety Institute and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission. Read the Report
January - Year End 2017 - Murders Down In 2017; Robberies and Aggravated Assaults Up
- 2017 Media Releases
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April - Local Violent Crime Drops During First Quarter of 2018 Compared to 2017
March - Training Begins for New Deputy Sheriff Recruits
February - Moving Forward on Operation: Safe Community
- 2017 E-Newsletters
2017 Annual Report Published - The MSCC 2017 Annual Report is published. The report highlights the Operation Safe Community, crime trends and goals and objectives. It outlines the partnership with the University of Memphis (Public Safety Institute), board members and staff. Access the Report
Opinion / NYC Cut Crime and Grew; So Can Memphis - The meeting room at Columbia University in the heart of Manhattan was packed with parents and their children. We were there with our daughter, then a student at White Station High School in Memphis. (an article publish in Commercial Appeal by Bill Gibbons, Guest Columnist) Read the Article
Anti-Crime Initiative Aims to Curb Violence - A notification meeting was held Tuesday (Feb 6) evening for about a dozen selected violent offenders who were offered a wide array of social services to help them change their criminal behavior, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich, chair of Operation: Safe Community-3 (OSC-3). Read the details on the DA website.
Commercial Appeal publishes crime statistics - The Commercial Appeal recently published an article noting year-end crime statistics reported by the Tennessee Bureau Investigation (TBI) and the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission. Read the article here.