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Precinct boundaries for Memphis to change on New Year's Day

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(WMC-TV) - The new year will mean new precinct boundaries for the people of Memphis.

East Memphis and Orange Mound are the areas that will see most change.
 
East Memphis will now have fewer officers per 911 call, and Orange Mound will get more officers.

Heather Sorrells is concerned the Memphis Police realignment means fewer officers per 911 call in the east Memphis area.

"It's nice to see an officer, especially being a woman shopping going to your car with children," said Sorrells. 

At the stroke of midnight New Year's Day, Memphis' nine police precincts will change borders.

Orange Mound resident Elton Moore is glad the realignment will mean more officers per 911 call for his Orange Mound neighborhood.

He already feels safe, but hopes more coverage will give officers more time to prevent crime.

"I think it'll be good," he said. 
 
The realignment comes after the MPD Crime Analysis Unit, University of Memphis and police command staff identified an "officer safety issue."

Some precincts have so many 911 calls, officers cannot get on the air to call for assistance.


Precinct lines will move according to call frequency.

In February, some investigators will be decentralized - moving out of the Criminal Justice Center and into precincts across the city to give citizens more access.

For more details on the Memphis Police 2013 Station and Ward Reconfiguration, please click here.
    
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