After bidding farewell to former Police Director Toney Armstrong back in January, many residents of Cooper Young waited anxiously to learn who would take up this important post under the Strickland Administration. We were excited to learn this month that the new Police Director is a longtime veteran of the Memphis Police Department and friend of the CYNW: Michael Rallings!
Director Rallings is highly respected and genuinely eager to lower crime and increase safety here in Memphis. Below is the biography that appears on the MPD website. We salute our new Police Director, and we look forward to working with him and his team!
On February 12, 1990, Director Michael Rallings joined the Memphis Police Academy. After graduation, he served as a patrolman and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996; the rank of Lieutenant in 2001; the rank of Major in 2008; appointed to the rank of Colonel in 2009; and appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief in September 2009 where he commanded Uniform Patrol Division District II, Special Operations Division, and Uniform Patrol District I.
Throughout his 24 years of service, Deputy Chief Rallings has worked at, the Organized Crime Unit, North Precinct, East Precinct, Central Precinct, South Precinct, and Firearms Training Unit, General Investigations Bureau, Felony Response Bureau, Fraud and Document Bureau, Entertainment District Unit, Training Academy, Mt. Moriah Station, and Executive Administration.
Deputy Chief Rallings is a native Memphian who graduated from Wooddale High School, attended Memphis State University and earned an Associates of Arts Degree from Shelby State Community College. He is a graduate of the 228th Session of the FBI National Academy. Deputy Chief Rallings is also a 30 year veteran of the U.S Army and U.S. Army Reserve, where he continues to serve as a USAR First Sergeant.