Mayor to release a specific plan for reducing crime

Mayor to release a specific plan for reducing crime

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Mayor Jim Strickland spoke at a Memphis Rotary Club meeting about the good and bad of his first 96 days in office.

At top of mind: homicides and violent crime.

Memphis has seen 61 homicides in the first 95 days of 2016. At this time in 2015, there were only 34 reported homicides in the city.

"Unfortunately, the start of my administration has seen a very violent Memphis," Strickland said.

Strickland said he knows the city has a crime problem. He said reducing crime is a major part of his plan to change the stigma of Memphis.

"We have more police officers on the streets now than we did when I took over on January 1," Strickland said. He went on to say gangs are also a problem his administration is working to stop. "Prohibiting gang members--more than one gang member--from associating in public."

Strickland said violence and crime deters businesses and people from moving into Memphis.

Strickland said he will unveil a crime plan in the next seven days to address the specifics of what needs to be done to reduce crime.

Mothers like Jenell Harris, who lost her child to violence in 2016, are waiting for solutions.

"They took my baby from me, not only me but her sister, brothers, grandmother. She had a family," Harris said.

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