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TACT unit will make its return with new commander

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(WMC-TV) - Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong announced a new and improved TACT unit will make its return with a new commander.

Major Sam Hines will be the new commander of the force that was suspended following a standoff and shooting in October. He most recently worked on Mayor A C Wharton's security staff, and has extensive military and TACT experience.

The two biggest issues that came up in an internal review were leadership and accountability. That review was prompted by the standoff that left two officers injured.

"Certainly, I was concerned about the leadership of the unit, I was concerned about the accountability of the unit," said Armstrong. "We feel like we've made great strides to improve that."

At one point during the standoff, incorrect ammunition was used. The suspect in the standoff was found dead in the house that caught fire after gas rounds meant for outdoor crowd control were improperly used.

Director Armstrong admitted that the unit's equipment is also outdated and the force is not large enough for the City of Memphis. With 25 years of experience, Armstrong is confident Hinds can help the unit move forward.

"One of the problems we did see and have corrected, we had a lot of outdated equipment in the equipment room," said Sam Hines, who said organizational improvements and equipment are needed.

Three TACT Unit leaders were reassigned to uniform patrol after the standoff.

"The next step is to continue to train, come to work every day, stay physically fit, stay qualified on our weapons systems, and take any training we can get," said Hines.

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