Davis publicly sworn in as new Memphis Police Chief

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis’ new police chief, Cerelyn “CJ” Davis, is the first female African American police chief of the city. She was sworn in on Friday.

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The new chief spoke about several issues. She talked about everything from gun violence to getting more involved in the community.

It was a packed house at the Renesant Convention Center for the chief’s swearing-in ceremony.

It was almost a 5-minute long introduction of the new chief as her list of accolades and accomplishments was read.

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The chief noted the significance of being sworn in on the Juneteenth holiday then spoke of getting down to business.

”Now it’s time to work. It’s time to get out there and start strategizing about how we make Memphis a safer place to live,” the chief said.

She spoke of the challenges ahead, of violent crime in the city, and what she sees as some of the cause behind it.

”Of course, violent crime, you know gun legislation that allows more freedom and flexibility of individuals to be able to carry weapons and perpetrate crimes in a way that ties the hands of law enforcement, so we will be working to address gun crimes in a different way.” Chief Davis said.

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The chief also spoke to the many positives she sees within the department.

”I see positives as the dedication that I see, the skillset that exists in the Memphis police department, the willingness to be community activists and engagers and work with community leaders.” Davis said.

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