MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A national website slams Memphis for its record breaking number of homicides last year.
The website, 24/7 Wall Street, listed Memphis as 9th on America's 25 Murder Capitals List. FOX13 talked to Neighborhood Watch leaders, people committed to making the community safer. They said city leaders are proposing long term solutions to make Memphis safer, but those plans need to include lower the Bluff City’s ranking on any crime list.
Barbara Jones is a member of the Prospect Neighborhood Association. Jones told FOX13, “I don't think the statistics just by itself represent who we are, but nevertheless you have to face up to what the statistics show."
This year, the number of murders are down. Memphis police are increasing the number of officers on the job because of retention bonuses and a successful recruiting class.
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Molly Laster of the Sea Isle Park Neighborhood Association said more police are needed.
"Obviously, more police and I hope that is in the budget that we are getting that,” said Laster.
According to a recent tweet from Mayor Strickland's office, MPD has 1968 officers but there are plans for more recruit classes in 2018. Gaelin Neely of the Morningwood Neighborhood Association believes when it comes to crime increasing Memphis is not alone.
"If you step outside your backyard and look at other communities and other cities and other states they are having the same problems that we are,” said Neely.
FOX13 asked Mayor Strickland's office to respond to this website ranking. A spokesperson emailed this response:
"Mayor Strickland and MPD have been forthcoming about our crime issues ... and what we're doing to solve them. This website is trying to make money off of the serious crime problems ... and that's unfortunate."
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