MPD reports 181 officer sick calls in the last week

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong has responded to numerous questions about staffing levels at police stations.

Armstrong told us in a statement 181 officers have called in sick since June 30, 2014.

The police department did not put that number in perspective compared with the same time period in recent years.

The statement said in part, “Memphis Police Department is re-grouping the manpower in an effort to provide continuity to the citizens of Memphis.”

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to assist with tonight’s operations on Beale Street as they have done in the past.

Police say public safety has not been compromised and all precincts are operating at, “adequate staffing levels.”

“We will continue to monitor and evaluate staffing levels throughout the city and make adjustments as needed to ensure public safety.”

The statement said Armstrong has briefed Mayor A C Wharton and he has authorized, “the use of any resources needed to include overtime to ensure that public safety will not be compromised.”