year 2012 marked the beginning of Operation: Safe Community (OSC) 2012-2016,
the second five year plan established for making Memphis and Shelby County
safer. OSC partners made great strides in implementing the action items as
identified in the following pages. In addition to those accomplishments, there
were several noteworthy endeavors throughout 2012 that leveraged the success
made during the year. One important area
is building the capacity of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission (MSCC) to
oversee the implementation of OSC. Through a partnership with Memphis Police
Department, a Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator was established as a part
of the OSC team and housed in the office of MSCC starting in January 2012. An
associate executive director was hired in March to lead the project management
efforts for youth violence prevention and marketing and communications for the
The OSC 2012-2016 plan, which officially began in January 2012, is comprehensive and includes 61 strategic action items and engages more than 100 partners. In a recent meeting of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission Board of Directors, Commissioner Bill Gibbons, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and OSC Chair, shared a few key accomplishments made by partners during 2012. While not exhaustive, a few highlights of the accomplishments are listed below.
Haslam signed the Repeat Domestic Violence Offender Bill
on June 6, 2012 at the City of Bartlett Justice Center.
This legislation increases mandatory jail time for
domestic assault offenders.
Safety Center moved into the facility January 2012 and began full
by April 2012 and serve between 150-450 individuals each month for a range of services.
July 23, 2012 a public announcement was made on the creation of the
Tennessee Multi-Agency Gang Unit. Six agency heads representing the
agencies comprise the Board of Directors: U.S. Attorney’s Office,
ATF, Sheriff’s Department, Memphis Police Department and District
gang unit operations are underway.
District Attorney assigned to the United States Attorney’s Office to increase collaboration in the prosecution of repeat felony drug offenders.
Haslam, at a press conference on June 5, 2012, signed the Felons With Guns Bill
SB2250/HB2389, which increases sentencing for certain convicted felons in possession
of firearms and the Gang
Crime Bill SB2252/HB2390, that makes sentence higher when 3 or more individuals are
involved in crime of force or violence.
Safeways Certification program developed; funding partially secured
founding partners (LEDIC, ALCO and MRG) pledged 1000 units
complexes) each for implementation for
Phase II Safeways
Program (founders rate at $10/unit).
- More than 250 tenants were evicted in 2012 as a part of the drug dealer eviction program, and a searchable database was created and made available to owners/managers of rental properties.
of Re-entry opened its new offices in 2012 and had a total of 94 participants.
- A recent evaluation of the District Attorney's Mentoring-based Truancy Program reveals that
to intervention of the program students had unexcused
at a rate of 10.5 days for every 100 days. Following intake into the
program that number drops to 6.8 days. Additionally, when
mentor match is made the number further drops to 5.6 days.
Intervention and Faith-based Follow-up (JIFF)
surpassed its 2012 goal of increasing the number of youth by receiving more than 60
- Tennessee Department of Children's Services Commissioner
Kate O’Day has convened a statewide group to develop a commitment
common agenda that includes realignment of juvenile justice resources to
maximum rehabilitation of youth served.
Monthly Crime Trend Report
To view the Operation: Safe Community Monthly Crime
Trend Report administered by Richard Janikowski, Director of the Center
for Community Criminology and Research at the University of Memphis and the Memphis
Shelby Crime Commission, please click HERE.
In The News
WREG Channel 3 Live at 9 OSC
Shelby County NOVA (Network for Overcoming Violence and Abuse) Coordinator, Malrie Shelton shares information with parents about children's exposure to violence and how to talk to them about violence.
Memphis leaders were invited to Governor Haslam's Public Safety Forum to share best practices in public safety and the Operation: Safe Community plan with other cities across the state.
February is Teen Dating Violence
Prevention Awareness Month and the Family Safety Center is co-hosting a benefit concert "Breaking the Silence" in partnership with the Memphis Music Commission and a group of local youth with the Student Volunteer Media Group to create greater awareness of teen dating violence. The event will be held at Hard Rock Cafe, 315 Beale Street, on February 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For more information, visit the website.
Support Operation: Safe Community
There are three easy ways to donate to support OSC in its mission to make Memphis and Shelby County safer:
- Make A Contribution using your credit card safely
- Mail a check to the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, 600 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 400, Memphis, TN, 38105
- Participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #59972