Hernando de Soto Bridge, Memphis, TN

Hernando de Soto Bridge, Memphis, TN

Media Releases, Newsletters, Statistics Reports & Articles

updated 05/23/2018

2018 Media Releases

Local Violent Crime Drops During First Quarter 2018

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 - Murders Down In 2017; Robberies and Aggravated Assaults Up

2018 E-Newsletters

April - Local Violent Crime Drops During First Quarter of 2018 Compared to Last Year

March - Training Begins for New Deputy Sheriff Recruits

February Moving Forward on Operation: Safe Community


2018 Articles and Special Reports

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

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

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.



  • November Vol 12 - MPD Looking at First Net Increase
  • October Vol 11 - Murders Down Significantly
  • September Vol 10 - Breaking the Cycle
  • July Vol 8 - Murder Down
  • June Vol 7 - Youthful Offenders Drive Violent Crime
  • May Vol 6 - Memphis Violent Crime Rate Compared To Memphis Police Department (MPD) Officer Count/Upcoming Vote on MPD Budget
  • April Vol 5 - Murders Down So Far This Year; Overall Violent Crime Flat; Motor Vehicle Thefts - And Arrests - Up
  • March Vol 4 $6.1 Million Grant to Support Recruitment and Retention of Memphis Police Officers
  • February Vol 3 - Community Prosecution Underway
  • January Vol 2 - Memphis & Shelby County Crime Trends
  • January Vol 1Operation: Safe Community Crime Plan Goals

Questions and Answers From Symposium On Breaking The Cycle Of Delinquency

A number of questions were submitted by attendees at the October 17, 2017 symposium which time did not allow panelists to answer. Please view the responses to those questions. View Responses

Juvenile Assessment Center Framework Concept: An Overview

Dorcas Young Griffin, Deputy Director, Shelby County Division of Community Services presented the overview at the Breaking the Cycle of Delinquency Symposium on October 17, 2017. Download a pdf.

OP-ED: Memphians Deserve to Live in Safe Neighborhoods: And we have the plan and leadership to reverse crime trends

By Bill Gibbons

Every citizen deserves to live in a safe neighborhood. We must not surrender any part of our city to a high crime rate. In addition to the obligation we have to all of our citizens, making our city safer is the key... Read Full Article

  • August Crime Commission to Participate in National Night Out
  • July - Murders Down; Aggravated Assaults and Auto Thefts Up
  • June - Youthful Offenders Drive Violent Crime
  • April - Preliminary Crime Figures Out for First Four Months of 2017
  • March - Murders Down So Far This Year; Overall Violent Crime Flat; Motor Vehicle Thefts - and Arrests - Up
  • February - Violent Crime Continues Downward Trend
  • January - Violent Crime Rate Drops