Memphis Police Department Receives $2 Million in Federal Grants to Boost Technological Capabilities

Federal Grant Awarded to Memphis Police for Technology and Camera Upgrades

The Memphis Police Department has received nearly $2 million in federal grants to improve various technologies. These funds, announced by Rep. Steve Cohen at a press conference, will be used to enhance the department’s policing efforts. Cohen highlighted the importance of these grants in solving crimes, specifically mentioning the case of Tyre Nichols whose beating was captured by additional lights and cameras funded by these grants.

During the press 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. 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.

The department lacks enough manpower, making technology crucial in maximizing their efforts. The funding will be used to secure additional upgraded crime surveillance equipment and equipment improvements for officers. One of the upgrades includes body-worn cameras that automatically activate when certain conditions are met, such as the presence of blue lights or weapons being drawn.

The Sentinel Surveillance Cameras Project will receive $963,000 of the grant, while $969,000 will be allocated for officer equipment upgrades. This 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.com

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