Wharton, Weirich Describe Crime Initiatives -- Cite Efforts to Law Agencies

By Locker, Richard | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), December 7, 2012 | Go to article overview

Wharton, Weirich Describe Crime Initiatives -- Cite Efforts to Law Agencies


Locker, Richard, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


NASHVILLE Mayor A C Wharton and other Memphis officials told law enforcement officers from across Tennessee on Thursday about the initiatives the city is deploying to fight crime, including data- driven policing, help for newly released felons and work with large apartment complexes to improve safety.

We're picking target areas and when we go in, we go in with everything we've got. We go in with the carrot and with the stick, Wharton told Gov. Bill Haslam's Public Safety Forum.

The anti-crime strategies of the state's largest city were featured at the 4-hour conference attended by about 450 law enforcement officials, prosecutors, legislators, social service and health care providers, and victims' rights advocates.

Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich described local efforts to reduce domestic violence and child sex abuse. Blair Taylor, Memphis Tomorrow president, and Michelle Fowlkes, Memphis Shelby Crime Commission director, detailed efforts begun six years ago under Operation Safe Community.

The key, all the officials agreed, is for a comprehensive, organized approach to reducing crime and its causes -- including police, health, education and other programs. …

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