Memphis Police Department Secures $2 Million in Federal Grants to Improve Technologies: Enhancing Capabilities in Crime Prevention and Resolution

Federal Grant Awarded to Memphis Police for Technology and Camera Upgrades

The Memphis Police Department has secured nearly $2 million in federal grants to improve various technologies. The announcement was made at a press conference by Rep. Steve Cohen, who highlighted the importance of these funds in solving crimes. He specifically mentioned the case of Tyre Nichols, whose beating was captured by additional lights and cameras funded by these grants.

During the conference, Cohen was joined by Memphis Mayor Paul Young and interim Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis to discuss how the funding would be used to aid in policing efforts. Both Young and Davis expressed their gratitude for Cohen’s work in securing the funding and emphasized the role technology plays in crime prevention and resolution.

Body-worn cameras are among the upgrades that will receive funding, with $963,000 allocated for the Sentinel Surveillance Cameras Project and $969,000 for officer equipment upgrades. The department lacks enough manpower, making technology crucial in maximizing their efforts. The investment in technology is aimed at enhancing the capabilities of the Memphis Police Department in their mission to protect and serve the community. For more updates on this topic, Brooke Muckerman covers Shelby County Government for The Commercial Appeal and can be contacted at brooke.muckerman@commercialappeal

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