Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Memphis to address the crime issues plaguing our city.

Before making public remarks, Sessions met with Mayor Jim Strickland, Police Director Michael Rallings and other local leaders.

The mayor said they were “frank” with Sessions about the city’s needs.

“We took the opportunity of the meeting to request additional federal resources to help us reduce violent crime. We asked for continued and expanded grant funding, additional agents to join the Multi-Agency Gang Unit and Organized Crime Unit, and to continue with the COPS Office’s collaborative review of MPD.”

Sessions acknowledged the city doesn’t have enough police officers on the street, but commended the department for all they have done.

Later this evening, the attorney general will be meeting will local religious leaders.

WREG’s Shay Arthur is covering Sessions’ visit and will have more on News Channel 3.