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MPD could move out of Justice Complex

MPD Police Director Toney Armstrong MPD Police Director Toney Armstrong
The last two police directors have complained they have run out of room at 201 Poplar, and that the rent is too high. The last two police directors have complained they have run out of room at 201 Poplar, and that the rent is too high.
Mayor A C Wharton Mayor A C Wharton

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department may soon move out of the Shelby County Criminal Justice Complex.

The last two police directors have complained they have run out of room at 201 Poplar, and that the rent is too high.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton backed up his top cop Wednesday.

"MPD needs a new home," he said in an impromptu news conference.

This comes one day after Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong asked the Memphis City Council if his department could move out of 201 Poplar.

"We're a tenant, we're renting, and you never feel like you're really at home," said Wharton.

Armstrong wants police to move back into the old Central Police headquarters at 128 Adams.

The city is already paying $3,000 a month for the empty building.

"I'm smiling because you'll soon see some positive developments on that," said Wharton.

Police also pay $118,000 dollars a month for their current digs.

"We're also paying parking over in that garage on Washington," said Wharton.

The latest estimate to renovate the old building is $40 million.

Some areas are in such poor repair that they are cordoned off as some open cavities lead to the next floor.

The mayor did not say when he would reveal more about MPD moving. Soon an entire series of operational changes for the department will be revealed.

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