September Update: Public Safety & Juvenile Justice

As summer draws to a close, let's take a look at a few of the problems that state government will continue to address in the new season:

Senate Judiciary Committee Summer Study Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee met last month in Nashville to further discuss some of the issues from earlier this year and to begin the conversation about several new topics we plan to work on next year.

One of the topics we discussed concerned residency requirements for police officers. The City of Memphis currently has a shortage of approximately 500 police officers, and the City's recruiting efforts are hurt by a residency requirement mandating that new officers must live within Shelby County. Following our discussion of this issue, I have suggested drafting legislation that would allow the State to be a partner with the City in promoting public safety by giving the City a tool to increase the ranks of the department in emergency situations.