Federal Grant Awarded to Memphis Police for Technology and Camera Upgrades

Memphis Police Department Secures Nearly $2 Million in Federal Grants to Enhance Technologies

The Memphis Police Department has secured nearly $2 million in federal grants to enhance various technologies. The funding will be used to improve surveillance equipment and upgrade officer equipment, with body-worn cameras being a crucial upgrade. The Sentinel Surveillance Cameras Project will receive $963,000 of the grant, while $969,000 will be allocated for officer equipment upgrades.

During a press conference, Rep. Steve Cohen announced the grant and emphasized its importance in solving crimes. He specifically mentioned the case of Tyre Nichols, whose beating was captured by additional lights and cameras funded by these grants. Memphis Mayor Paul Young and interim Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis were also present at the conference and expressed their gratitude for Cohen’s work in securing the funding. They emphasized the role technology plays in crime prevention and resolution.

Interim Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis explained that the department lacks enough manpower, making technology crucial in maximizing their efforts. The funding will be used to secure additional upgraded crime surveillance equipment and equipment improvements for officers. One of the upgrades includes body-worn cameras that automatically activate when certain conditions are met, such as the presence of blue lights or weapons being drawn. This investment in technology is aimed at enhancing the capabilities of the Memphis Police Department in their mission to protect and serve the community. Brooke Muckerman covers Shelby County Government for The Commercial Appeal and can be contacted at brooke

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