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About the Memphis Police Department

In 1827, John J. Balch was appointed town constable. This was the birth of the Memphis Police Department. Several years later, a town watch was created with two men paid $400 a year to work the night watch.  The first police station was constructed. It was a 12' by 20' brick calaboose located at Main and Market, at a cost of $185. Rattles were purchased for the night watch.  


Today, the Memphis Police Department is organized into four large organizational entities: Special Operations; Uniform Patrol; Investigative Services; and, Administrative Services.  The department employs over 2,700 people, including over 2,000 sworn officers (1400 of the sworn officers are police officers). In 2005, the police officers working in uniform handled more than 817,000 calls for service.





Selected book from a Memphis Police Department police officer.

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