Thursday, January 25, 2007

Memphis Police Department Unveils New DUI Squad

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Memphis Police director Larry Godwin introduced a new 18-member DUI unit last night at the Ridgeway Station in Hickory Hill.

The team was formed after Godwin pulled his officers from the Metro DUI unit earlier this month. Godwin said 71 percent of the DUI arrests in Shelby County occur in Memphis, so pulling out of the city/county team would help the MPD target Memphis DUIs. “We want the same thing the sheriff wants, but I have to be responsible to the citizens of Memphis,” said Godwin.

MPD officers assigned to the Metro DUI unit were housed 19 miles outside the city limits. The new squad will be headquartered in the Hickory Hill substation. With only eight officers, the old Metro unit was also considerably smaller than the new MPD unit.

Interestingly, the new Shelby County Sheriff’s DUI unit has also grown since the split. They’ve partnered with the Germantown Police Department, and now boast 11 officers. - Bianca Phillips

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