The Memphis/Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation has been instrumental in facilitating contributions from private donors, corporations, associations and other community groups to provide funding assistance to increase safety within their own neighborhoods, business or places where people come together.
The pilot project for funding "blue light" security cameras began in 2010 with the first project being the installation of cameras and radio mesh systems on the roof of Clark Tower. Since that time, the MSCLE Foundation has either internally funded, received specifically earmarked funding or is in the process of collecting funding for 130 individual camera projects providing over 300 camera boxes across Memphis and Shelby County, each housing multiple stationary or pan/tilt/zoom surveillance cameras, license plate readers and gunshot recognition software. Some key locations include Overton Park, Shelby Farms Dog Park, Agri-Center International, Shelby Farms Discovery Park, Court Square, Greenline Project, University of Memphis, YWCA and over 100 community neighborhoods, streets, coves or other residential areas.
- In total, the MSCLE Foundation has assisted in placing over $2.3 million in surveillance and security cameras across our community.
Whereas assisting with the "blue light" cameras continues to be a worthy and ongoing partnership with the certified vendors, Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the MSCLE Foundation also gives focus to helping local law enforcement agencies in other ways where and when the need arises. The MSCLE Foundation Board of Directors has also approved funding for other projects to include the following;
- Funded bait car project for Memphis Police ($7,500 in 2010)
- Funded purchase of 2 police working dogs for Memphis Police ($7,000 in 2010 and another $7,000 in 2011)
- Funded new server system for Millington Police following a system failure ($7,378 in 2013)
- Funded investigative software for Memphis Police Gang Unit ($15,000 in 2017)
- Funded innovative DNA testing, using genealogical data, for cold case investigations for Memphis Police ($17,500 in 2018)
- Provide support and funding of annual Police Awards Ceremony for last 7 years ($175,000 over last 7 years)
- Partnered with cityCurrent to collect funding for the Fallen Officers Memorial project (over $78,000 collected to date)
Currently, the MSCLE Foundation is working with community partners to purchase another Police K-9, submit additional DNA samples from cold-case files and install security cameras in lower-income neighborhoods at no cost to residents through specifically earmarked funding from private donors.
These initiatives and continued partnerships could not happen without support from generous private, business and corporate donors. For more information about how the Memphis/Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation has served our community or to partner with us as we continue to serve, please reach out and let us know you are ready to assist.