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Memphis Police Department welcomes newest officers
Memphis Police Department welcomes newest officers
Posted on 08/17/2018
Sixty-six men and women were welcomed into the Memphis Police Department Thursday night after graduating as part of the 125th Basic Recruit Class.
Memphis Police Department Graduation
The ceremony was held at First Baptist Broad Church. Both Mayor Jim Strickland and MPD Director Mike Rallings spoke at the graduation ceremony.

“You are the best of the best. You’ve made it through an intense 22 weeks,” Mayor Strickland said. “It’s not just that you’ve survived. You have thrived.”

Captain Jerry Williams, the last surviving graduate from the 1948 class and one of 13 men in the city’s first all African-American Basic Recruit Class, was honored during the event. He served with the Memphis Police Department for 31 years. 

Memphis reached a high of 2,452 police officers in November 2011, which also coincided in a large drop in violent crime in the city. However, benefit cuts in 2014, coupled with a lack of recruiting between 2012 and 2015, led to a decrease in officers. 

Last August, the city had a modern low of 1,909 police officers.

Mayor Strickland’s recruiting push in 2016 led to two of the largest officer classes in years in August 2017 and January 2018. The newest class joins them in serving the Memphis community.
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