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May 2010 eNewsletter

Current Crime Stats | stats icon In the City of Memphis overall crime is down 30.7% 

Crime Update:

City of Memphis Crime Update: January 2010 to April 2010

From January 2010 to the end of April 2010, overall crime was down 30.7% including a drop in violent crime by 31.5% and a drop in property crime by 30.5% across the City of Memphis, when compared to the same time period in 2006.

Shelby County Crime Update: January 2010 to April 2010

From January 2010 to the end of April 2010, overall crime was down 24.3% including a drop in violent crime by 17.7% and a drop in property crime by 25% in areas patrolled by Shelby County Sheriff's Office, when compared to the same time period in 2006.

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

OSC Strategy Highlights

The Urban Youth Initiative (UYI) exists to equip, empower, and support full-time youth outreach workers in Memphis in effectively reaching under-served urban young people and nurturing their development into purposeful adulthood through holistic, community based ministry.

UYI partners with the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission to promote a safe community by implementing programming that directly aligns with several of the Operation: Safe Community strategies.

Strategy 6 & 7 - UYI is a partner in implementing the Memphis City Schools GRASSY gang reduction initiative in 12 schools, and provides volunteer services in more than 60 schools total.

Strategy 8 – UYI partners with the District Attorney General’s mentoring program to provide summer activities for its "mentees."

Strategy 9 - Most of the youth UYI reaches with prevention programming are at-risk of delinquency and truancy; all UYI sites provide in-school volunteer services, summer and after school programs.

Strategy 10 - Four UYI programs specifically serve high-risk youth and juvenile offenders, through diversionary, intervention and re-entry services. The 2003-2007 Target 1000 demonstration project resulted in significantly reducing recidivism among more than 1,000 juvenile offenders.

As the school year comes to an end for most juveniles in our community, the Urban Youth Initiative and its partners are gearing up to offer the youth opportunities to become positively engaged in their neighborhoods.

The UYI produces several programs in the summer and year round including camps for creative arts and life skills, vacation bible school, college tours and athletic opportunities.

Additionally, through its network of more than 45 program partner sites, the UYI helps to pair youth with volunteer opportunities community-wide. Older youth can assist with food service, teaching younger youth, set up/clean up, serving as mentor-leaders, and ongoing neighborhood clean-ups.

Founded in 1993 by the Memphis Leadership Foundation, the Urban Youth Initiative has served more than 10,000 youth annually and develop an "army" of more than 250 passionate adult youth workers.

For more information or to find out how you can volunteer and/or support this front-line network of ministries, please contact UYI at 1548 Poplar Avenue, (901) 729-3988, www.uyimemphis.org.


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

Tuesday, May 25th, Ms. Cheryl Beard of the Urban Youth Initiative will discuss opportunities for youth to stay active this summer through programs and volunteer opportunities.

The Operation: Safe Community Forum was recently held at The University of Memphis. The OSC Forum provided an update on many of the fifteen research-based strategies. Also, as part of Strategy 12, Mayor A C Wharton provided an update on the City's ongoing plans to address blight and problem properties in our community. To view a recap from the OSC Forum, pictures and links to the various community partners that provided information and opportunities please CLICK HERE.

The 7th Annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards were recently held at The Peabody Hotel. The ceremony, presented by Rotary Club of Memphis East, annually honor an elected and non-elected public servants that serve as a "the finest clerk in the judicial system" and "the model public servant." We would like to extend a special congratulations to Memphis Shelby Crime Commission Board Member and Mayor of the City of Germantown, Sharon Goldsworthy, who was the 2009 Elected Public Servant Honoree.

Several extraordinary heroes were inducted into the African American Hall of Fame on May 18, 2010. According to creator, Melvin Jones, the hall of fame "will allow us to record and disseminate the wonderful things our inductees have done so that future generations can be inspired to meet and exceed the good deeds of their ancestors."  The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission would like to congratulate many of our board members and strategic partners past and present including, Mayor A C Wharton, former Mayor Willie Herenton, Mr. Robert Lipscomb, Honorable Maxine Smith and the late Rev. Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks.  To view the full list of inductees CLICK HERE.

To read recent articles featuring Operation: Safe Community CLICK HERE

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

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