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Federal Grant Awarded to Memphis Police for Technology and Camera Upgrades

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Mar 27, 2024

The Memphis Police Department has secured nearly $2 million in federal grants to enhance various technologies. Rep. Steve Cohen made the announcement at a press conference where he highlighted the importance of these funds in solving crimes. He specifically mentioned 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 to aid in policing efforts. 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.

Davis explained that 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, Brooke Muckerman covers Shelby County Government for The Commercial Appeal and can be contacted at brooke.muckerman@commercialappeal.com.

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