MPD partnering with faith-based leaders, US Attorney’s Office to host ‘Better Community Summit’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Across Memphis, there have been 221 murders this year, compared to 216 the same day last year.

With a little more than two months left in the year, the city is on pace to shatter last year’s record.

Tuesday, a gunman killed two people at an Orange Mound post office before turning the gun on himself. To stop incidents like this, MPD is offering services to people in the community to be more proactive than reactive.

“We can’t keep responding to violent crime. We have to get to the root cause of it,” said CJ Davis, MPD Police Chief.

To do so, the Memphis Police Department has partnered with faith-based leaders and the US Attorney’s Office to host the “Better Community Summit.”

“We’re talking about mental health support, food pantries partnership, MATA bus passes,” said Charlie Caswell with Legacy of Legends.

The summit will also connect attendees to people with expertise in couples counseling, gang talk, domestic violence, conflict resolutions, etc.

“That will help a lot. I think it will help bring the crime rate down actually,” said Frayser resident Ashley Walls.

Walls said this summit is vital to lift up the community.

“They’re trying their best. I think they should be out more, but we have to keep our heads up and keep praying,” said Walls.

“This group is committed to restoring our reputation in law, church, church politics, business, and education,” said Ricky Floyd with Pursuit of God Transformation Center.

The summit is slated for November 6th from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at Pursuit of God Transformation Center.