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Memphis police could deliver daily newscast

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The Memphis Police Department is considering a new crime fighting technique that would be one of the first of its kind in the nation. The Memphis Police Department is considering a new crime fighting technique that would be one of the first of its kind in the nation.
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(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department is considering a new crime fighting technique that would be one of the first of its kind in the nation.

This new approach involves a newscast from police officers.

Now all eyes are on Baltimore Police after they recently launched a live stream newscast with police officers delivering department news.  

The daily newscast is a way to bring back a neighborly relationship with the community - something that could soon be in the works for Memphis Police.

"If in fact the citizens who are concerned about crime that's in the rise or occurred in their neighborhood, they can tune in to that channel," said Memphis Police Association President Michael Williams.

MPD said if they developed a newscast, they would relay positive stories to the public and solicit help from the community during investigations.

According to a statement from MPD, starting a newscast is worth considering as they've included it on their "wish list" of ways to reach the community.

"They may be able to look at current photos of individuals of concern or interest or they may be able to find out other details about criminal activities going on in their areas," said Michael Williams.

Also, he said the program could also promote safety and inform viewers on crime prevention strategies.

"Citizens would actually know areas to avoid at times - they may not want to be in those areas, or when they need to be a little more vigilant," Williams said.

MPD said a newscast could certainly catch on with police departments across the nation.

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