MPD has 211 Officer involved accidents so far in 2012

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -A one car crash on Airways was the 211th MPD officer involved crash of the year. Police Union President Mike Williams says the number sounds high, but is an unfortunate occupational hazard. More than 2,000 officers spend most of their day in a car.

211 may seem high, but is a big improvement, says MPD Deputy Chief Anthony Berryhill. Last year at this point there were 434 officer involved accidents.

Berryhill says the MPD is actively working to increase driver safety, “Us continually meeting and speaking with the officers about the crashes, officers finally waking up and realizing that the need to get there safely is more important than not making it there at all.”

Councilman Harold Collins says the number of accidents doesn’t worry him as much as how many of those accidents were officer speeding without blue lights.

In August, a Memphis police officer sped through the intersection of Crump and Georgia without his lights on, striking a car, killing a 13-year-old girl and a 54-year-old woman.

Berryhill says whether officers involved in crashes had their emergency equipment on is not a stat tracked by the MPD.

“I would think that those kinds of incidents should be tracked,” says Collins

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