Gov. Lee visits Memphis Thursday to promote crime prevention plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is in Memphis Thursday to promote his crime prevention plan.

The governor’s proposed budget includes funding for 20 additional state troopers in Shelby County.

Lee’s office announced plans for a ride-along with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Memphis Police Department.

“Violent crime has no place in Tennessee, period. To immediately strengthen public safety, we have to invest in evidence-based crime prevention methods and continue efforts to recruit and retain qualified law enforcement officers,” said Gov. Lee. “I commend the Memphis Police Department for their work to protect neighborhoods across the city and look forward to our continued partnership.”

According to the governor’s office, Lee’s Fiscal Year 22-33 budget proposes key public safety investments, including proven crime prevention methods to directly support Memphis and Shelby County:

  • 20 additional Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers for Shelby County funded 100% by the state
  • Creation of a $150 million Violent Crime Intervention Fund for law enforcement agencies across the state to invest in evidence-based programming and resources
  • $30 million to support relocation bonuses for out-of-state police officers seeking to move to Tennessee
  • Expansion of state funding for law enforcement basic training and increasing the frequency of training for new recruits
  • Access to a statewide hiring portal that includes qualified law enforcement recruits from outside of Tennessee who are looking to relocate