Memphis police prepare for spike in crime as temperatures rise

Posted on: 5:54 pm, March 12, 2013, by

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(Memphis) -  A double shooting in Raleigh leaves a teen injured over the weekend.
Around the corner from that shooting,  another man was found shot to death.

The violence may be a sign of what’s to come

“It’s March and we do recognize that summer is around the corner and historically in summer months crime does go up,” says Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.

Armstrong knows what’s ahead.
He’s been dealing with it all winter, a time when crime usually  goes down significantly.  But since it’s been relatively warm this winter, that hasn’t  happened as in years past.
So police are making plans.

“I think you are gonna see some increased patrol in some of our hot spots,” says Armstrong.

While city leaders are at odds with police about overtime, the police director says they will do what needs to be done  to keep things safe.

“We will spend overtime as we see fit. Our precinct commanders have been given flexibility to use that overtime details, Blue Crush details,” says Armstrong.

He says Blue Crush is still very much active and expect to see it used even more, as police use crime stats to concentrate on where to put their  manpower.

Neighbors concerned about crime where they live just want answers.

“I have four grandchildren that live here and it concerns me that someone would be so blatant as to be shooting just out in the open like that,” says one woman who lives near one of the weekend shooting scenes.

Director Armstrong says officers are on the right track in their crime fighting.
He says they will be more aggressive as they work to keep things safe.

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