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Updated Statement by Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Regarding Collaborative Reform with the Memphis Police Department

Star For Immediate Release
March 3, 2017

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger
mary.brandenberger@usdoj.gov
(202) 514-5328


Updated Statement by Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Regarding Collaborative Reform with the Memphis Police Department

The Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today released the following statement regarding its work with the Memphis Police Department (MPD):

“The Department of Justice's COPS Office previously announced its intention to withdraw from the collaborative reform process in Memphis because it had not received a signed memorandum of agreement (MOA), which is a requirement of the collaborative reform process. The COPS Office is now in receipt of a signed MOA from the City of Memphis and the Memphis Police Department. The COPS Office is pleased to proceed with collaborative reform and applauds the City of Memphis and Memphis Police Department for their leadership. The COPS Office looks forward to a productive engagement and commends Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings for his commitment to community policing, organizational transformation, and improved police-community trust.”

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