Local leaders say consolidation could be key to fighting crime

Some leaders say consolidation could be the key to fighting crime in our neighborhoods. And local leaders will take up the issue on Monday.

Some believe merging the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office would make law enforcement more effective.

Proponents admit the idea has not gone over well in the past but say it's time to do something.

"I think we've got to be brave enough to have these kinds of conversations in our community. We've got to look at all the options on the table," says Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter.

Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery adds, "whenever we talked about consolidation in the past people in the County have not voted for it. People in the city have voted for it. I think it's time for us to get together and do what's right for everybody in Memphis and Shelby County and that's consolidation."

During a meeting Monday, a county Law Enforcement Committee will discuss setting up a joint task force with the Memphis city council.

The hope is a task force combining city and county leaders will be formed and begin to meet by July 15th.