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Who We Are

The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission has created unprecedented partnerships with businesses, schools, neighborhood associations, public safety agencies and local violence prevention organizations working to make Memphis and Shelby County a safer place.

Established in April 1997 by the Plough Foundation and Guardsmark, Inc. the Crime Commission is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that acts as a catalyst to bring agencies together to focus on innovative crime prevention methods. Its initiatives are dependent upon private contributions and grants.

A recent partnership with the Public Safety Institute at the University of Memphis enables the Crime Commission to obtain crime trend analysis, research, evaluations, and assessments to support the community-based crime reduction initiative, Operation: Safe Community.

What We Do

In 2005, former Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, former Memphis Mayor W. W. Herenton, former Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, and former United States Attorney David Kustoff along with Memphis Tomorrow led an effort to create a community-based public safety plan as part of a broader effort to reach economic growth and prosperity goals in the community. Following a community-wide crime summit in November of 2006, the Operation: Safe Community (OSC) crime plan was created as a strategic initiative to reduce crime in Memphis & Shelby County spearheaded by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission.

The goal is a significant reduction in the crime rate.  The current OSC crime plan (the third five-year plan) has sixteen objectives/strategies.