TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Jan 30, 2018

The murder rate dropped in Memphis/Shelby County in 2017 from the previous year although the overall crime rate increased, according to figures from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in a report released Monday by the University of Memphis Public Safety Institute and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission. The preliminary figures show a 15.6 percent drop in the murder rate countywide and 10 percent decrease within the city. Among all major violent crimes, there was an increase in aggravated assault (9.3 percent in city and county) and robbery (7.4 percent in the county and 8.4 in the city). "The drop in murders is encouraging," Bill Gibbons told WREG. "The overall level of violence remains unacceptable." Gibbons is president of the Crime Commission and executive director of the Public Safety Institute.