May 22, 2024 5:31 pm
Memphis police awarded federal grant to modernize technology and cameras

The Memphis Police Department has recently received a $2 million federal grant to improve its technology. Rep. Steve Cohen announced the funding at a press conference, where he emphasized the importance of upgrading the department’s equipment in solving crimes. Cohen specifically mentioned Tyre Nichols, whose beating was captured on additional lights and cameras that were funded through this program.

During the conference, Cohen, along with Memphis Mayor Paul Young and interim Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, discussed how the funds would be used to support policing efforts in the city. Davis emphasized that technology should be used to supplement manpower and serve as a force multiplier for officers.

The funds will be allocated towards acquiring upgraded crime surveillance equipment and enhancing officer equipment. 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.

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. This investment is expected to improve the department’s ability to monitor and respond to criminal activity in the community.

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