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The 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 organization.

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.

  • Governor Haslam signed the Repeat Domestic Violence Offender Bill SB2251/HB2389 on June 6, 2012 at the City of Bartlett Justice Center. This  legislation increases mandatory jail time for domestic assault offenders. 
  • Family Safety Center moved into the facility January 2012 and began full operation by April 2012 and serve between 150-450 individuals each month for a range of services.
  • On July 23, 2012 a public announcement was made on the creation of the West Tennessee Multi-Agency Gang Unit. Six agency heads representing the following agencies comprise the Board of Directors: U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, ATF, Sheriff’s Department, Memphis Police Department and District Attorney General’s Office. Multi-agency gang unit operations are underway. 
  • Assistant District Attorney assigned to the United States Attorney’s Office to increase collaboration in the prosecution of repeat felony drug offenders.
  • Governor 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.
  • Model Safeways Certification program developed; funding partially secured for implementation. Three founding partners (LEDIC, ALCO and MRG) pledged 1000 units (5-10 complexes)  each for implementation for Phase II  Safeways Demonstration Certification 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.
  • Office 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 prior to intervention of the program students had unexcused absences at a rate of 10.5 days for every 100 days. Following intake into the truancy reduction program that number drops to 6.8 days. Additionally, when a mentor match is made the number further drops to 5.6 days. 
  • Juvenile Intervention and Faith-based Follow-up (JIFF) surpassed its 2012 goal of increasing the number of youth by receiving more than 60 new referrals.
  • Tennessee Department of Children's Services Commissioner Kate O’Day has convened a statewide group to develop a commitment to a common agenda that includes realignment of juvenile justice resources to support 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.

Commercial Appeal

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.

Community Connections

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