Earlier this month, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced at a press conference a four-year $6.1 million grant to support recruitment and retention of Memphis police officers.
He was joined by Crime Commission President Bill Gibbons, Shelby County District Attorney, and Operation: Safe Community Chair Amy Weirich, and Crime Commission Board Chair Ben Adams.
These earmarked funds received by the Crime Commission represent an unprecedented commitment by the private sector to support local law enforcement. The funds are earmarked for use by the City of Memphis for programs geared primarily to providing retention bonuses and referral bonuses to police officers The grant agreement was unanimously approved by the Memphis City Council.
This opportunity advances significantly the goal of the Operation: Safe Community Crime Plan 2017-2021 to resolve shortages in local law enforcement staffing.
The Crime Commission is pleased to be a part of this effort with the City of Memphis and the Memphis private sector community.