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February 2010 eNewsletter




Crime Update:

(please read the cautionary note from Professor Richard Janikowski concerning 2010 statistics)

City of Memphis Crime Update: January 2006 to January 2010

From January 2006 to the end of January 2010, overall crime was down 37.7% including a drop in violent crime by 41.8% and a drop in property crime by 36.8% across the City of Memphis, when compared to the same time period in 2006.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office Crime Update: January 2006 to January 2010

From January 2006 to the end of January 2010, overall crime was down 23.8% including a drop in violent crime by 41.4% and a drop in auto theft by 28% across Shelby County when compared to the same time period in 2006.

Cautionary Note: Studies have revealed a seasonal effect upon crime; in general, crime increases during the warm months and decreases during winter months. We urge caution in interpreting the January 2010 crime figures; the very large decreases being reported may, in part, be an artifact of the unusually cold weather that was experienced in Memphis and Shelby County. Implementation of the strategic initiative to reduce crime, Operation: Safe Community began in 2006. Crime statistics and updates are systematically compared to 2006 as a benchmark for success towards full implementation of the 5-year plan.

Implementation of the strategic initiative to reduce crime, Operation: Safe Community began in 2006. Crime statistics and updates are systematically compared to 2006 as a benchmark for success towards full implementation of the 5-year plan.

To view the full Part I Crime Trends report for January 2006 - January 2010 administered by The University of Memphis and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission please click here.
 

OSC Strategy Highlights



Strategy 2 - Toughen state laws for crimes committed with guns.

Team Leaders:  State Representative John DeBerry and State Senator Mark Norris

As part of Operation: Safe Community, the Citizen Safety Coalition was recently developed to send a strong message to lawmakers to strengthen Tennessee's crime laws, particularly those involving guns. 

Despite some gains made during the last few legislative sessions, Tennessee still has some of the weakest laws against gun violence and illegal possession of guns in the country.

To educate and empower our community, the Citizen Safety Coalition recently hosted a Forum on Crime at the Jewish Community Center. Nearly 300 attendees heard from State Representative John DeBerry, Mayor A C Wharton, Mayor Joe Ford, Congressman Steve Cohen, Attorney General Bill Gibbons, Director Larry Godwin, Sheriff Mark Luttrell as well as victims of crimes committed with guns.  CLICK HERE to see news coverage and pictures from the Forum on Crime.

Also, the Coalition will be going to Capitol Hill in Nashville on February 24th to educate lawmakers. Space is limited, if you would like to find out more information about the trip and make plans to join us call Jeanne Moody at 527-2600 ext 3.

As Tennessee's 106th General Assembly continues, Operation Safe Community will be tracking bills that support OSC on our website.  We encourage you to visit the LEGISLATION page weekly get updates on House and Senate bills.  Also, to find out who your state representatives and senators are, their contact information, and updates on all bills currently before the legislature visit http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/.

If you would like to participate in the Coalition, please email lmiller@memphiscrime.org.

Tune In

Operation: Safe Community is featured monthly on WREG Channel 3's "Live at Nine" hosted by Mary Beth Conley and Alex Coleman.

Jim Strickland, City of Memphis Council Member will be the guest on Tuesday, February 23rd.

Councilman Strickland will be discussing the Citizen Safety Coalition and it's efforts to make Memphis and Shelby County safer. 

Calendar of Events

Citizen Safety Coalition Nashville Day Trip
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
6:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
106th Tennessee General Assembly on Capitol Hill
Nashville, TN

Make plans to go with the Citizen Safety Coalition to Nashville to personally educate lawmakers on the necessity for tougher laws for crimes committed with guns. 

Buses will depart at 6:00 a.m. from the Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar and return the same evening. Space is limited, to reserve your seat please email Jeanne Moody at jmoody@memphiscrime.org

Stay involved with some volunteer opportunities available from our partners ›

Stay Connected

Make sure your friends, business associates and neighborhood associations are connected to Operation: Safe Community!

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If your organization would like a speaker regarding OSC, contact Linda K. Miller at
lmiller@memphiscrime.org.

Contact Us

Operation: Safe Community is spearheaded by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission.

600 Jefferson Ave, Suite 400
Memphis, TN 38105
(901) 527-2600

info@operationsafecommunity.org

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