MPD Director, Shelby County Sheriff address Cordova crime concer - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD Director, Shelby County Sheriff address Cordova crime concerns

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Many people in Cordova have crime concerns at the forefront of their minds.

However, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told many residents they cannot combat crime on their own.

"I can't walk on water, I can't turn water into wine," Armstrong said. "But we are doing the absolute best we can do, but we need your help."

Armstrong and Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham's advice included paying attention to neighbors, learning their habits and watching their backs.

"Urban cities throughout this country have a crime problem," Oldham said. "We have one as well. It's one we have to deal with."

Armstrong and Oldham spoke to a group of concerned residents near the place where Germantown resident Susan McDonald was recently murdered during a driveway robbery.

Home surveillance video helped lead investigators to the suspects. Armstrong reiterated that such security tools are good investments.

Though crime remains a concern in Cordova and other parts of Memphis, Armstrong said the overall crime rate in the city is down.

People seemed to leave the meeting more informed.

"I think there are a lot of misconceptions, too," Cordova resident Dwayne Thompson said. "They helped clear a lot of them up."

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