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Michael W. Rallings , Director of Police Services

On February 12, 1990, Director Michael Rallings joined the Memphis Police Academy. After graduation, he served as a patrolman and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996; the rank of Lieutenant in 2001; the rank of Major in 2008; appointed to the rank of Colonel in 2009; and appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief in September 2009 where he commanded Uniform Patrol Division District II, Special Operations Division, and Uniform Patrol District I.

Throughout his 24 years of service, Director Rallings has worked at, the Organized Crime Unit, North Precinct, East Precinct, Central Precinct, South Precinct, and Firearms Training Unit, General Investigations Bureau, Felony Response Bureau, Fraud and Document Bureau, Entertainment District Unit, Training Academy, Mt. Moriah Station, and Executive Administration.

Director Rallings is a native Memphian who graduated from Wooddale High School, attended Memphis State University and earned an Associates of Arts Degree from Shelby State Community College. He is a graduate of the 228th Session of the FBI National Academy. Director Rallings is also a 30 year veteran of the U.S Army and U.S. Army Reserve.


As Police Director, Michael Rallings is dedicated to building bridges with the community, moving forward with advanced technology, working on ways to retain officers and gain additional personnel, continuing our commitment to transparency, utilizing additional Blue C.R.U.S.H. initiatives and launching even more community outreach programs.

“We must constantly remind ourselves that we are always held at a higher standard. We are not perfect and we may experience downfalls, but we must work together to assure the community that we will conquer any trial that we face. At the end of the day, we must stand proud — together. We are and will always be Memphis’ Finest”.

Michael W. Rallings


Memphis Police Dept
201 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103



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