• MPA president concerned about future of police department

    By: Jeremy Pierre


    Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams told FOX13 morale in the Memphis Police Department is low, and that as the case even before the announcement of Director Toney Armstrong's departure Thursday morning.

    Williams said since Jim Strickland was elected mayor, there has been little correspondence about Armstrong's future as director.

    "Well I think it was a bad decision personally not to reaffirm the current director," Williams said.

    Williams said the idea of bringing outside leadership to MPD at a time like this will only drop the morale even lower.  

    "To me, that will throw into a tail spin," Williams said.

    Williams said officers stood behind Armstrong even through the recent tough times of losing officers at an alarming rate.

    "We are already discombobulated because we are losing so many people and they are juggling to fill manning requirements," Williams said.

    Mayor Strickland said he will hire a search firm to help in the process of finding a new police director.

    Williams said he hopes the mayor makes the right decision.

    "We are in a wait and see mode," Williams said.

    Williams told FOX13 in a perfect world he would like to help in the search for the next director, but Strickland hasn't asked for his input as of now.

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