Memphis may offer less police services

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says some services provided by the agency will likely be reduced soon because of staffing levels.

Armstrong told The Commercial Appeal ( that staffing levels have dropped to 2,160 as of Tuesday, which is the lowest level since 2009.

He declined to give details about which services might be reduced, but mentioned the possibility of decreasing the number of responses to burglar alarms. Earlier this year, he also mentioned reducing responses to non-emergency vehicle crashes.

Armstrong says as decisions are made, he will inform the public. He said the department could make some decisions on its own and others would need approval from city officials.