N. Memphis policing unit up and running

A facility built with your tax dollars to help fight crime sat unused for more than a year. Since then, the unit's up and running and neighbors hope it will help them with Taking Back Our Neighborhoods. 

The community around North Hollywood and Perez has been known for violent crime, prostitution to drug dealing and aggressive panhandling. Last September, their CoAct Unit, Community Action Unit, was unfurnished and without phones and computers.

After neighbors pushed for the city of Memphis to put your tax dollars to work and Action News 5 reported their concerns, the Memphis Police Department took action.

The Squad Room is now furnished, equipped with phones, file cabinets, even a refrigerator.  It also serves as a meeting place for the Neighborhood Watch.

Community activist, Dorothy Cox, appreciates the CoAct Unit.  But, while trends now show crime is dropping, she says they have a long way to go.

"I would like to see if it was open 24-7.  It's at night when we need the police presence.  During the daytime that's good too, but at night I think the residents would feel better," Cox explained.

The CoAct is open from 8a.m. to 4p.m.

While the CoAct was empty Thursday, people in the community said the three officers who man it were out on patrol.

Cox says she hopes this report will help alert the community the CoAct is up and running so there's more community involvement.

Police haven't said the exact date the unit became fully functional.


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