Strickland's five steps to address crime

Published: Oct. 9, 2015 at 3:11 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2015 at 10:25 PM CDT
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(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The City of Memphis will have a new mayor in January, Jim Strickland, and he said change is on its way.

"The people of Memphis said we want change," said Mayor-Elect Strickland.

He said change begins with reducing crime.

"We have to be tough on crime," said Strickland.

Friday, WMC Action News 5 asked for specifics on what Strickland plans to do from Day 1 to fight crime. He gave five steps he will use to address the crime facing Memphis.

He said it all begins with Blue Crush.

"Getting more police officers out on the street, fewer in the administration building, no answering every auto accident," said Strickland.

His second aim at fighting crime is enforcing the curfew law for juveniles.

"Nothing good happens for a 14-year-old after 10:00. They need to be at home," said Strickland.

Strickland also wants a zero tolerance on violent crimes.

"When someone commits a violent crime on another human being, they need to be taken into custody, not given a ticket or a summons to show up downtown," said Strickland.

In addition to Strickland's first three things, his number four on how he will address crime is intervening in the lives of young people.

"Build a program where more young people are helped," said Strickland.

The new mayor said he also plans to bring about change by bringing some fresh faces to city hall after he is sworn into office.

"The appointments I make as director or as commissions will reflect the diversity of Memphis," said Strickland.

Strickland is a new mayor who plans to bring about change.

"Sometimes it takes new eyes to solve old problems," said Strickland.

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