Memphis Top Cop: Organized Crime Unit Will Not Shut Down

Police director Tony Armstrong cleared the air about a report he's shutting down the Organized Crime Unit, reported WREG.com. In other words, he's not doing what the Feds did in New York, the home and breeding ground for the Mafia: They significantly reduced the size of their OC squads.

"There are rumors I'm shutting down OCU as a whole, which is a false rumor," explained Armstrong. "Organized crime is still up and running. There are some rumors I'm shutting down the undercover program and that's also false."

What director Armstrong says he is doing is reassigning some OCU officers. Many of whom he says have worked undercover their entire careers.

"We do have some undercover officers coming to the end of their assignments they'll be assigned to uniform patrol."

Armstrong wouldn't give specifics or numbers...but says safety won't be compromised and some of those officers could end up in his community policing detail to help compliment the blue crush initiative.

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