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The United States Attorney’s Office, Memphis Police Department, Faith Based Leaders and Community Stakeholders Announce Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Memphis, TN – United States Attorney Joseph C. Murphy Jr., along with stakeholders in the South Memphis Community announced the second "Better Community Summit" effort to reduce violent crime throughout our city. Summit organizers and participants include the Memphis Police Department, represented by Deputy Chief Paul Wright; the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) represented by Rev. Dr. Walter Womack; Memphis Baptist Ministerial Alliance (MBMA) Rev. Dr. Rickey Dugger; and program facilitators, Rev. Ricky Floyd, The Pursuit of God Transformation Center; Charles Caswell, Executive Director of Legacy of Legends, CDC; and DeAndre Brown, CEO, Lifeline2Success.

The U.S. Department of Justice is committed to work with law enforcement and other stakeholders to reduce violent crime in Memphis and West Tennessee. To achieve this goal, the Department has directed every U.S. Attorney’s Office to formulate a strategic plan designed to reduce violent crime. To that end, our office convened meetings with over 40 clergy leaders across the greater Memphis area to discuss violent crime and recommend possible solutions.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Memphis Police Department, non-profit organizations, clergy leaders, and other community stakeholders are pleased to announce the next "Better Community Summit" will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at the Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 1098 South Wellington Street. The summit is tailored to address the needs of parents and children. Topics covered will include domestic violence prevention, gang talk, community conflict resolution, and de-escalation training.

Beginning in 2022, the remaining workshops will be held quarterly in the areas of North Memphis; Whitehaven/Westwood; and Hickory Hill/East Memphis.


Cherri Green
Public Affairs
(901) 544-4231

Updated February 11, 2022