(Memphis) Another Memphis Police officer is on the other side of the law. That’s 22 officers arrested this year.
The latest, Paula Jamerson, who was busted Tuesday for allegedly fraudulently filling prescriptions of a diet pill called Phentermine.
Police Director Armstrong says her arrest did not come as surprise because his department was the one investigating her.
Armstrong says a lot of the recent arrests started with investigations from inside MPD, and he says emphatically they aren’t going to stop cracking down on what he calls ‘dirty cops.’
“If I have to lock up 10 more this year or 100 more this year I’ll do that to rid this department of people who don`t deserve to carry a badge.”
A seemingly frustrated Toney Armstrong talked about the latest arrest involving Memphis Police officers.
“My hair would be white as snow if I tried to make sense of what these officers are doing,” Armstrong said. “I can’t explain it. I can’t begin to explain it.”
Jamerson, a 12-year veteran officer, is one of 22 officers arrested this year.
If that number seems to shock you, it doesn’t appear to surprise Armstrong.
“Since 2009 we have averaged arresting 20 something officers a year, and this year we are right in line with what we have done in the past,” he said.
But Armstrong vowed he’s trying to clean up the department, but there’s only so much he can do.
“Can I sit here today and tell you that I`m going to come up with a policy or enact some policy that I’ll never have to lock up another police officer? I can’t tell you that,” he said.
He hopes by weeding out what he calls ‘dirty cops,’ the public will keep the faith in the other 99 percent of officers who come to work each day to serve and protect the people of Memphis.
“I think they (the public) understand these things will happen. We are not proud of them, but they understand we aren`t turning a blind eye to our own and we will do this as often as I have to do it,” he said.
City Council has discussed raising the education requirement from 2 years of college to a Bachelor’s degree. Armstrong isn’t sure that would solve the problem because he says it would limit the applicant pool.