Memphis police get federal grant to update technology, cameras

Memphis Police Department real time crime center staff work on computers as live camera feeds from around the city are seen on a wall of screens in front of them on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

Almost $2 million in federal grants has been secured for the Memphis Police Department to enhance various technologies. Rep. Steve Cohen announced the funding at a press conference Tuesday, talking briefly about Tyre Nichols, and saying the additional lights and cameras captured the beating that led to his death.

“This program has been instrumental in solving crimes,” Cohen said. “I had to think about Tyre Nichols in doing this because those lights show crime–crime committed upon Tyre Nichols.”

Cohen, Memphis Mayor Paul Young and interim Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis stood together for the first time since Young was elected to discuss the funding. Davis and Young both thanked Cohen for the work he did to secure the funding but also spoke about how the money would be used to aid in policing.

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