Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Director says the department's TACT Unit is understaffed, under-funded and the equipment is out of date. With the TACT unit back up and running, is it really prepared to keep the city safe?
The answer: yes and no.
When Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong reinstated the unit Monday, he said the unit is reorganized and ready. He also said they need double the staff to protect a city this size.
He says an October standoff that ended with the death of a suspect in a burning house should serve as a wake up call for metro Memphis.
"We lack appropriate staff to cover all sit positions and we have improper and outdated equipment," said Armstrong.
Armstrong says officers accidentally used outdoor gas rounds that resembled indoor gas rounds during the fatal standoff with Aaron Dumas.
Bronze Star recipient Major Sam Hines is the new commander for the TACT Unit.
"We've reorganized this completely," said Hines. "What we've done is put in a better accountability system."
Armstrong says Hines has made all the changes the department can make without additional funding. He implemented a new ammunition inventory system. He is requiring outdated equipment only be used for training. He set up new crime scene management controls, and designated an equipment officer to dispense materials.
Most importantly, everything must now be labeled.
With internal changes in place, Armstrong says he must now increase staff
"Last year when we went to council, we had recruit classes scheduled for this year, but we had to forego those classes to meet our budgetary requirements. This is what happens," said Director Armstrong.
Armstrong says specialized units like TACT and Organized Crime take the hit when recruiting is suspended.
Uniform Patrol is the primary focus because they answer the mass service calls.
"It's going to cost more money," said Armstrong. "You're talking about more equipment, better equipment, better training."
The causes of the fire and Dumas' death are undetermined. Three supervisors on the scene were reassigned. The department will follow-up with mandatory quarterly meetings.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>