Memphis police awarded federal grant to modernize technology and cameras

Memphis Police Department Receives Nearly $2 Million in Federal Grants to Enhance Technologies, Improving Crimefighting Efforts

Nearly $2 million in federal grants has recently been awarded to the Memphis Police Department to enhance their technologies. This funding was announced by Rep. Steve Cohen at a press conference, where he highlighted the importance of these upgrades in solving crimes. Cohen, along with Memphis Mayor Paul Young and interim Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, came together to discuss how this funding will be utilized to support policing efforts in the city.

One of the key upgrades mentioned by Davis is the implementation of body-worn cameras that automatically trigger when certain conditions are met, such as the presence of blue lights or the removal of weapons from officer’s holsters. These cameras will improve the department’s ability to monitor and respond to criminal activity in the community. The Sentinel Surveillance Cameras Project will receive $963,000 of the grant money, while the remaining $969,000 will be used for officer equipment upgrades.

Davis emphasized that technology can serve as a force multiplier to help officers work smarter, not harder. The funds will be allocated towards acquiring upgraded crime surveillance equipment and enhancing officer equipment, which will allow them to work more efficiently and effectively. This investment is expected to improve the department’s ability to monitor and respond to criminal activity in the community and ensure justice is served for those who deserve it most.

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