MPD reverses course on Lt. DeWayne Smith decertification rescindment

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 23, 2023 3:19 PM CT | Published: March 23, 2023 12:33 PM CT

According to a statement provided by MPD Thursday, March 23, an internal discussion occurred concerning the department’s ability to decertify an officer who retired before being terminated and a request to delay the decertification was misunderstood.


Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Memphis Police Department Lt. DeWayne Smith
Julia Baker

Julia Baker

Julia Baker covers Memphis and Shelby County’s law enforcement agencies and is a member of The Daily Memphian’s public safety reporting team. A lifelong Memphian, Julia graduated from the University of Memphis in 2021. Other publications and organizations she has written for include Chalkbeat, Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent magazine and Memphis magazine.

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