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Executive Command Staff

Director of Police Services: Michael W. Rallings


Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings began his career on February 12, 1990, when he 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 28 years of service, Director Michael 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 retired 30 year veteran of the U.S Army and U.S. Army Reserve.

Deputy Director: James M. Ryall

James M. Ryall began his career with the Memphis Police Department on June 4, 1983, as a Police Recruit at the Training Academy. Upon completion of basic training on October 10, 1983, Officer Ryall was assigned to Uniform Patrol at the West Precinct.

As a Police Officer, his assignments included the West Precinct Alpha shift, South Precinct Alpha Shift, Executive Administration Bravo Shift and Crime Prevention.

On May 30, 1996, Officer Ryall was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant his assignments included the Crime Prevention, Vehicle Theft, Robbery, Homicide and Safe Streets Task Force.

On April 12, 2002, Sergeant Ryall was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant his assignments included the Safe Street Task Force, Downtown Precinct Charlie shift, Northeast Precinct Alpha and Charlie Shifts and North Precinct Alpha Shift.

On April 08, 2008, Lieutenant Ryall was promoted to the rank of Major. As a Major his assignments included Domestic Violence, Homicide, Old Allen Station Alpha shift and Inspectional Services.

On February 15, 2011, Major Ryall was appointed to the rank of Colonel and assigned to Investigative Services and Ridgeway Station Administration.

On December 17, 2014, Colonel Ryall was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief and assigned to Executive Administration Investigative Services.

On February 1, 2016, Deputy Chief Ryall was appointed to the rank of Deputy Director. Deputy Director James

Ryall has over 32 years of service with the Memphis Police Department.

Deputy Chief Uniform Patrol District 1: Samuel Hines

Samuel Hines began his career with the Memphis Police Department on September 30, 1991 as a Police Recruit in the Memphis Police Academy.

Upon completion of basic training on February 15, 1992, he was commissioned as a Police Officer and assigned to Uniform Patrol at the South Precinct.

As a Patrol Officer, he worked Organized Crime Unit and helped form the first gang unit GRIT (Gang Response and Intervention Team).

In 1995, Officer Hines was assigned to the Memphis Police Academy as a Firearms Instructor. While assigned to the Academy, he completed the Memphis Police TACT Unit School.

On October 3, 1998, Officer Hines was assigned to the TACT Unit and became a member of the Entry & Assault Team with the pistol, assault rifle, and shotgun.

On July 12, 2000, Officer Hines was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to GAB. Also, in 2000 he was reassigned to the Firearms Training Unit as an Operational and Administrative Sergeant.

In October 2004 – December 2005 Sergeant Hines was deployed to Iraq with the United States Army.

On January 16, 2006, Sergeant Hines resumed his duties with the Memphis Police Firearms Training Unit.

On January 13, 2007, Sergeant Hines was reassigned to GAB.

In February of 2008, Sergeant Hines was assigned Mayor’s Dignitary Protection Team Supervisor and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

In March of 2008, Lieutenant Hines was promoted to Major and later assigned Commander of the TACT Unit.

In April of 2012, Lieutenant Hines graduated from the FBI National Academy Class 1248.

On July 7, 2014 Lieutenant Hines was assigned to Traffic and Special Operations as Assistant Commander and rank of acting Lieutenant Colonel.

On February 1, 2016 Lieutenant Colonel Hines was appointed to the rank of Colonel and assigned Commander of Mt. Moriah Station.

On April 29, 2017 Colonel Hines was assigned Commander of Traffic Special Operations.

On June 10, 2019 Colonel Hines was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Hines has over 27 years of service with the Memphis Police Department.

Deputy Chief Uniform Patrol District 2: Paul Wright

Paul Wright, Jr. has over 30 years of service with the Memphis Police Department. He began his career on January 16, 1989 as a Police Service Technician.

On November 2, 1990, he entered the Training Academy as a Police Recruit. Upon completion of basic training on May 8, 1991, he was assigned to Uniform Patrol at the East Precinct.

As a Police Officer, he worked various assignments which included the East Precinct Alpha shift, North Precinct Alpha shift and the Organized Crime Unit.

On July 12, 2000, Officer Wright was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, his assignments included the General Assignment Bureau, Homicide Unit, Felony Response Charlie shift, and the Project Safe Neighborhoods Unit.

On June 17, 2005, Sergeant Wright was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant his assignments included Felony Assault Unit, the Organized Crime Unit - Criminal Apprehension Team, Old Allen Station Bravo shift, and Old Allen Station – General Investigation Bureau.

On April 11, 2013, Lieutenant Wright was promoted to the rank of Major. As a Major, his assignments included Tillman Station Bravo shift, and South Main Station Bravo shift.

On February 1, 2016, Major Wright was appointed to rank of Colonel. As a Colonel, he worked in Old Allen Station and the Organized Crime Unit.

On July 1, 2019 Colonel Wright was promoted to rank of Deputy Chief and is assigned to the Uniform Patrol District II.

Deputy Chief Investigative Services: Michael Shearin

Michael Shearin began his career as a patrolman at the West Precinct, where he spent the majority of his time riding on a plain clothes task force. As a patrolman he was temporarily transferred to the Robbery bureau on several occasions.

In 2001 he was assigned to the United States Secret Service Counterfeit Crimes Task Force.

In 2003 Officer Shearin was promoted to the Rank of Sgt. and transferred to the MPD Training Academy.

In 2004 Sgt. Shearin was transferred to the Research and Development Unit and named the Accreditation Manger for the MPD.

In 2005 Sgt. Shearin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

In 2006 Lt. Shearin guided the MPD through its first successful national accreditation.

In 2007 Lt. Shearin was transferred to the Organized Crime Unit (OCU) where he would spend the next 4 years working as supervisor in areas that included: Administration, Finance, Methamphetamine Task Force, Wire-Intercepts and Project Safe Neighborhoods.

In 2010 Lt. Shearin became the Assistant Commander of OCU.

In 2011 Lt. Shearin was transferred to the Robbery Bureau and 2 years later in 2013 he was transferred to the Old Allen Station (OAS) as a supervisor of the General Investigative Bureau (GIB). Shortly, after being transferred Lt. Shearin was promoted to the rank of Major and became the Commander of the OAS GIB and the Bravo Shift.

In 2015 Major Shearin was made an acting Lt. Colonel and assigned as the Assistant Commander of the Old Allen Station.

In 2016 Major Shearin was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel.

In 2017 Lt. Col. Shearin was appointed to Deputy Chief of Investigative Services.

Deputy Chief Shearin has over 24 years of service with the Memphis Police Department.

Deputy Chief Special Operations: Michael Hardy

Michael Hardy began his career with the Memphis Police Department on August 9, 1982. Upon completion of training on December 20, 1982, he was assigned to Uniform Patrol at the South Precinct.

As a Police Officer, he worked various assignments which included North Precinct and Organized Crime Unit. He was also temporarily assigned to the Special Patrol.

On May 30, 1996, Officer Hardy was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he worked various assignments Vehicle Theft, Felony Response, Street Crime Abatement Team, Organized Crime Unit and Burglary.

On July 12, 2000, Sergeant Hardy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, he worked the North Precinct, West Precinct and Organized Crime Unit.

On April 08, 2008, Lieutenant Hardy was promoted to the rank of Major. As a Major, he was assigned to Airways Station and Airways Administration where he was acting Lieutenant Colonel.

On August 23, 2010, Major Hardy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he was assigned to Raines Station Administration before being assigned to Organized Crime Unit/Vice.

On April 10, 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Hardy was appointed to the rank of Colonel. As a Colonel, he was assigned to Appling Farms Administration and Organized Crime Unit/Vice.

On March 24, 2016, Colonel Hardy was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Hardy has over 34 years of service with the Memphis Police Department.

Deputy Chief Administrative Services: Sharonda Hampton

Sharonda Hampton began her career with the Memphis Police Department on January 20, 1986, as a Police Service Technicians.

On March 31, 1986, she entered the Training Academy as a Police Recruit. Upon completion of basic training on June 28, 1986, she was assigned to Uniform Patrol at the East Precinct.

As a Police Officer, she worked various assignments which included the East Precinct Bravo and Charlie shifts, South Precinct Bravo and Delta shifts and Vice Squad.

On May 30, 1996, Officer Hampton was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, she worked East Precinct Bravo shift, Special Traffic Investigative Services Bravo shift, Sex Crimes and Felony Response Charlie shift.

On April 12, 2002, Sergeant Hampton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, she worked Sex Crimes, Northeast Precinct Alpha shift, Downtown Precinct Charlie shift, Burglary, Organized Crime Unit/Criminal Apprehension Team and Investigative Support Unit.

On April 8, 2008, Lieutenant Hampton was promoted to the rank of Major. As a Major, she worked Organized Crime Unit/ Investigative Support Unit, Vice Squad and Inspectional Services Bureau.

On September 14, 2009, Major Hampton was appointed to the rank of Colonel. As a Colonel, she worked Mt. Moriah Station Administration.

On February 1, 2016 Colonel Hampton was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Hampton has over 31 years of serice with the Memphis Police Department.

Deputy Chief Information Systems: Don Crowe

Don Crowe has been a Memphis Police Officer for twenty nine years and is currently the Deputy Chief of Information Technology.

Don started his career in Uniform Patrol and served as a Field Training Officer and a Crisis Intervention Officer.

Don served as a sergeant detective in the Arson Bureau, the Domestic Violence Bureau, and the midnight shift Felony Response Bureau.

As a lieutenant Don has supervised the Crime Scene Investigations Unit and the midnight shift Felony Response Bureau.

Upon promotion Don was the commander of all investigation bureaus including the Homicide Bureau. Don was appointed Deputy Chief in 2017.

Director Michael Rallings
James Ryall
Frank Garrett
Terry Landrum
Michael Shearin
Michael Hardy
Sharonda Hampton
Don Crowe

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