Crime reduction, community outreach, gang intervention efforts, and police recruitment and retention are the top priorities in the Memphis Police Department’s proposed 2019 fiscal budget, director Michael Rallings said Thursday. During the Memphis City Council’s first operating budget hearing, it approved MPD’s budget with no amendments (yet). Rallings told the council that police recruitment and retention is the most important of the budget’s four priorities. Rallings said his and Mayor Jim Strickland’s goal is to have 2,300 officers by 2021. Currently the department has 1,982 officers, and with about 983,000 calls to respond to each year, Rallings said the department is understaffed. In 2019, MPD plans to...
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MPD Prioritizes Recruitment, Retention in 2019 Budget