City leaders, US attorney announce summit to help cut crime in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The U.S. attorney of the Western District of Tennessee along with community leaders announced a summit to reduce violent crime in the Bluff City.
The “”Better Community Summit” is tailored to address the needs of parents and children with topics ranging from domestic violence prevention and gang talk to community conflict resolution and de-escalation training.
Last year there were 232 homicides in the city of Memphis by Oct. 4. This year, 238 in that same time frame.
Joseph C. Murphy Jr., the acting U.S. attorney of Tennessee’s western district, says the summit is a community-driven event that will offer information about wrap-around services.
He says it was created to meet the needs of the Frayser community but there are plans to bring to other areas of the city that will be tailored to that specific community.
“Even though I’m a prosecutor by profession, 33 years almost, I’m convinced that community involvement is an important element in reducing violent crime,” said Murphy.
Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis says the summit will allow them to be more preventive and proactive instead of reactive.
”This is actually operationalizing some of what we were talking about getting our federal partners to come together and work together, because we can’t keep responding to violent crime. We have to get to the root causes, and this summit is the beginning of those types of programs,” she said.
The U.S. Attorney’s office met with over 40 clergy leaders across Memphis to discuss violent crime -- this summit is a result of those efforts.
“If you need that counseling, if you don’t know where to go this is going to be a one-stop-shop for you and your household. We’re going to make sure you get what you need,” said Deputy Chief Paul Wright.
There will be a total of five summits, the first is November 6 at 10am at the Pursuit of God Transformation Center in Frayser.
The remaining four summits will be held quarterly in different parts of the community.
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