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One day after officer shot, Director Armstrong introduces MPD clergy class

(WMC-TV) – One night after an officer was shot in the line of duty, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong returned to Memphis Thursday to launch a new crime fighting initiative.

Armstrong introduced the first class from Memphis Police Department's clergy class.  Their goal is to teach faith leaders what the police officers do on the job so they can help prevent crime.

"In the end of the day, the most powerful tool I have is you," said Armstrong.

While he spoke to the clergy, Armstrong said his thoughts were on the men and women who serve the community and put themselves in harm's way.

"This is the sixth officer we've had shot just since I've been director," said Armstrong.  "It's a reminder that things can happen so very, very quickly."

The officer was shot Wednesday while chasing a carjacking suspect.  He was saved by his protective vest and is expected to fully recover.

Armstrong said vests for every officer are always in the department's budget.

"It's part of our policy that every officer is required to wear a vest while on regular duty," said Armstrong.

Armstrong said the officer will not have to go through a hearing.  He must first go through a debriefing, but is welcome back at work when he is ready.

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