Below are MPD’s Policies and Procedures related to the use of force.

MPD Policy Updates

Choke Holds

Officers are reminded that choke holds of any kind are strictly prohibited during the course of effecting an arrest or after a subject has been handcuffed. This would include the use of hands, arms, knees, feet or one’s body weight to restrict a subject’s ability to breathe. 

Duty to Intervene

 Any member who directly observes another member engaged in dangerous or criminal conduct or abuse of a subject shall take reasonable action to intervene.

No-Knock Search Warrants

No officer or unit within the Memphis Police Department shall obtain or execute a “No-Knock Search Warrant”.

MPD Increases Transparency:
District AG’s Review of Excessive / Un-Necessary Force Complaints

MPD implements a procedure to submit all sustained charges of excessive or un-necessary force to the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office for review.  

Memo: Body Worn Camera and In Car Camera Report

Timeline + Program Totals and Highlights. Body worn cameras: 2000 active units in use. Over 700 cars installed with in-car video and 601 units currently in used

Officer Involved Deaths

In 2015, the District Attorney, Memphis Police Department (MPD), Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) signed a memorandum of understanding changing the manner in which officer involved death investigations are conducted and handled. Read about each case on the SHelby COunty Distrcit Attorney website.

Memphis Police Department Policies & Procedures

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