Should Memphis Police Officers Pay to Live Outside City Limits? 

The town of Tunica doesn't have much turnover on its tiny police force. Of its 10 officers, half of them have been on the job for more than a decade.

But that wasn't always the case. Before the growth of the area's gambling industry, the police department would hire someone; they'd stay a year, then leave.

"We were a training ground," says Chief Richard Veazey. "We couldn't compete with the larger towns and counties."

Better salaries solved Tunica's retension rate, but things in Memphis are a bit more complicated. Since the beginning of the year, City Council members have investigated ways to increase the number of police officers in Memphis ...

Read the rest of Mary Cashiola's In the Bluff column.

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