MPD names new Assistant Chief of Police

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A veteran crime fighter has been promoted to be second in command at the Memphis Police Department when Cerelyn “CJ” Davis takes over as the new chief. 

Deputy Chief Don Crowe was selected to be the assistant police chief when Davis takes command of the department next Monday.

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Crowe is a numbers cruncher and data is important to law enforcement when fighting crime to keep the public safe.

He is currently deputy chief of informational services. 

“You are aware of the old saying.  You can’t manage it if you can’t measure it” said Crowe during a scheduled interview with all of the Memphis media including FOX13. 

“I will be her assistant to help guide her and the department through the next coming months and years,” said Crowe, a 33 year veteran of MPD.

Incoming Chief Davis picked Crowe over the other five deputy chiefs, including three who were finalists for her job.   

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Crowe told FOX13 he was humbled to have been promoted. 

“I just want to do the best job I can for Chief Davis, The officers of the Memphis Police Department and the citizens.”

Davis has been an advocate of reimaging policing by building relationships with community stakeholders to help reduce crime. But the Memphis Police Department is struggling with a shortage of manpower, officers retiring and violent crime increasing. 

Crowe has a background in investigative services but as second in command he can help Chief Davis hit the ground running by showing her where problems are based on data. 

“Show her where our manpower is at.  What we are doing with the manpower.  Where our crime and our crime problems are at.”