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Operation: Safe Community shares progress report

The room was packed for the two-hour briefing in which Operation: Safe Community shared its first progress report with every level of law enforcement, government, and schools along with faith-based and community groups. 
"We have a plan that involves all the key law enforcement stake holders," Mayor Willie Herenton said.

They said the 15 steps of Operation: Safe Community helped drive crime down five-percent in Memphis and Shelby County last year.

But there is still a lot to do.

Recruiting new officers is the Memphis Police Department's number one hurdle, but there is new help coming it's way.
"I've met with actor Steven Segal.  Steve has agreed to do commercials," Larry Godwin of the Memphis Police Department said.

Congressman Steve Cohen is also working to bring more money home.

"It's really important that we get the COPS which has passed the house and passed the senate so that we really have the funds to put more cops on the streets," Cohen said.

As for curbing crime, the police department launched it's first TV spots Tuesday.

"We know that we still have some problems here in Memphis, but we know what we need to do to get it fixed," Sheriff Mark Luttrell said.

And that is to fight crime together.

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