January 28, 2023 –Memphis cops charged in Tyre Nichols murder hired after PD relaxed job requirements
MPD granted $9.8M to hire new officers as calls to defund police mount
Sarah Macaraeg Memphis Commercial Appeal
June 4, 2020
The Department of Justice will fund the salaries of 50 Memphis Police Department officers, as part of the Community Oriented Policing Services hiring program known as COPS.
The Memphis police department is one of nearly 600 law enforcement agencies set to receive a cumulative $400 million from the federal government, the office of U.S. Attorney for Western Tennessee, D. Michael Dunavant, announced Tuesday.
The COPS funding will put around 2,700 new officers on the street and in schools across the U.S. — as protests stoked by police violence continue to unfold, with the support of the majority of Americans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
2021- Memphis struggles to find police recruits as violence soars
…this could open the doors to people who have had a brush on the wrong side of the law.
Memphis Police Department changes some requirements, offers signing bonuses to recruit new officers
By Valerie Calhoun, FOX13Memphis.com January 27, 2022 at 8:40 am CST
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In an effort to recruit new officers, the Memphis Police Department is offering signing bonuses and changing some of the requirements to become an officer.
FOX13 has learned this could open the doors to people who have had a brush on the wrong side of the law.
Memphis Police Association President, Lt. Essica Cage, says: