MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Shelby County Commissioners held a public safety panel Wednesday for their fall retreat and wound up discussing Memphis police morale.
"The morale at the Memphis Police Department is as low as I've seen it in my lifetime. We're losing officers left and right," Commissioner Terry Roland said.
The commission doesn't fund police, but Roland asked Police Director Toney Armstrong to continue fighting to keep officers.
Armstrong said more than 300 officers have left MPD in three years.
"If you've ever seen me in [city] council, I have always been an advocate for 'please don't do this,'" Armstrong told the panel.
Armstrong said he has fought to keep city councilors from taking away benefits and for not providing enough money to recruit and promote officers.
He said he goes before 13 people, but he has no ability to vote.
WREG took these complaints to City Council Chairman Jim Strickland, who said the council is funding another MPD hiring class this spring.
"The number of police officers they've requested in the budget for the last three years has been approved," Strickland said.
Strickland said Armstrong told council members Tuesday that he wants between 2,200 and 2,300 officers.
"Over a couple years, we'll get to that point," Strickland said.
"We've just got to do a better job of getting on the same team and moving in the same direction," Armstrong told WREG.