Date: September 29, 2011
The Homeland Security Grant Program, Criminal Justice Department, Police Services/Public Safety Department and Special Academic Programs at Southwest Tennessee Community College sponsored the "Criminal Activity: Its Impact on National Security" symposium on September 28 at the Macon Cove Campus.
The keynote speaker, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee Edward L. Stanton, III, outlined as a central focus of his address the responsibilities of the Criminal Task Forces as follows: Fraudulent Identification Strike Team - combats identity theft; Project Safe Childhood - prosecutes child predators; Project Safe Neighborhood - combats gun crime; Safe Streets Task Force - combats the rise in business robberies, carjackings, and bank robberies; and the Memphis Drug Market Intervention - battles open-air drug markets. Stanton pointed out that since the inception of the Safe Streets Task Force in 2006, carjackings in Memphis have declined by 69.54%, business robberies by 67.71% and bank robberies by 60.61%.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell addressed disaster preparedness referencing the anniversary of 9/11 saying, "We are indeed in better shape than we were 10 years ago, but, are we where we need to be? … What I hope today will come from this is certainly an acknowledgment of where we are and also a recognition of where we have to go."
Focusing on the symposium's theme, ‘Criminal Activity: Its Impact on National Security,' Memphis Mayor AC Wharton said there should be no partition in our efforts to combat crime. "Quite frankly there should be no wall whatsoever between our efforts to deal with street level activities and our efforts to ensure the sanctity of our homeland through our homeland security efforts," said Mayor Wharton.
Other speakers and panelists included: Tennessee Office of Homeland Security Intelligence Analyst Stephanie Juneau; Shelby County Office of Preparedness Director Bob Nations; FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Brassanini; DEA Group Supervisor Gabriel Bewely; Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich; Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham; and Memphis Police Deputy Chief Jim Harvey.
This material is based on material supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Award Number 2009-ST-062-000032.
Photo caption: U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee Edward L. Stanton, III delivers keynote speech at the "Criminal Activity: Its Impact on National Security" symposium.
For more information contact: Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247, firstname.lastname@example.org, Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134