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Question For Memphis Reimagining Police Committee: More Police Or Better Police?

Thumbnail: After 48 years of police directors chosen from within the Memphis Police Department culture, Memphis has the opportunity to bring in new perspectives and new ideas with a new hire who is prepared to answer the key question:  Does Memphis need more police or better police?  It is now also the primary question that is front and center for the newly appointed City of Memphis reimagining police committee. 

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Can The Police Committee Be A Force For Change, Not More Of The Same?

Thumbnail: The new committee on reimaging policing has the opportunity to be the change agent that Memphis has needed.  It requires them to do more than rely on the usual suspects for ideas, data, and recommendations.  Recent research by Prof. Barry Friedman and commentaries by consultant David Eichenthal are must reads for the committee to get off on the right foot.

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PILOT Talking Points Crowd Out Facts; Shelby County Should Stop Tax Breaks

Thumbnail: Despite the regular talking points about PILOTs, City Hall – in a bubble surrounded by people who benefit from the tax breaks – has no way of knowing if the tax breaks are justified.  If city mayors want to hand out PILOTs, Shelby County Government’s taxes should be exempt because they support safety net programs and education.

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Consolidation: It’s Not Government Structure That Matters, It’s Leadership

Thumbnail: While the results of the current poll about consolidation makes for interesting cocktail conversation, a campaign to merge city and county governments is a distraction that keeps us from dealing with issues that matter.  It’s not government structure that matter.  It’s leadership.

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New Magic Number For Police Is 2,800: Is Enough Ever Enough?

Thumbnail: City of Memphis has yet another magic number for the size of its police force.  It continues the arrest and jail philosophy that has largely failed to develop a balanced crime-fighting plan that includes prevention and intervention. City Council is being asked to go on record in favor of a 2,800 police force but without the other critical elements to reducing crime.

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