It gives me a great sense of purpose to present the Memphis Police Department’s Official Website. As we start 2013, I am reminded of the contributions of the men and women of this department. I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one our officers for their ability to stay focused on the task set before them. They have done so by abiding by the standards of conduct for this profession and demonstrating a high degree of dedication to the City of Memphis. The officers and employees of the Memphis Police Department have made me extremely proud and I am honored to serve as Director of one of the finest Police Departments in the nation.
As we look forward, we are instantly faced with a number of challenges such as: budgetary restraints, rising crime rates and staffing issues, just to name of few.
The Memphis Police Department will continue to use the best technology available to aid us in our crime fighting efforts. We will strive to provide our employees with the very latest in equipment and resources to increase both efficiency and effectiveness. We have redrawn the precinct boundaries in an effort to evenly distribute the call volume, which will allow officers to be proactive rather than reactive.
We are incorporating Investigative Services with the Precincts to allow officers and citizens better access and, therefore, improve the quality of criminal investigations. We will continue to use data driven deployment and utilize Blue CRUSHTM. We will continue our implementation of our C.O.P (Community Outreach Program) to provide our citizens with the best protection possible, along with a road map to resources necessary to rebuild and sustain thriving communities.
The citizens of this great city have consistently shown an overwhelming amount of support and love to the Memphis Police Department. This fact was made abundantly clear after we suffered the devastating loss of one of own officers. On December 14, 2012, Officer Martoiya Lang lost her life in the line of duty. This reminded us of the dangers associated with this profession and the level of commitment that our men and women must display every single day that they report for duty.
Officer Lang made the ultimate sacrifice. She is the first female Memphis Police Department officer to lose her life in the line of duty. She leaves behind four beautiful daughters and we owe it to them to make sure their mother’s death was not in vain.
I want to thank Mayor Wharton and the members of the City Council for their support and confidence in allowing me to serve as Director of Police Services. This is an awesome opportunity with a tremendous amount of responsibility, and I pledge to stay committed and focused while providing our citizens with the absolute best!
Director Toney Armstrong