Crime in Tennessee
In 2010, 356 people were murdered in Tennessee. In 2009 and 2010, Tennessee had the highest rate of violent gun crime of any US state. In 2010, only Washington, D.C., had a higher rate of gun violence. Tennessee came out highest in the nation in the rate at which its residents are victims of aggravated assaults with a firearm and fifth-worst in robberies.
In 2006, the Memphis metropolitan area ranked number one in violent crimes for major cities around the U.S according to the FBI's annual crime rankings. In 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007, the Memphis metropolitan area ranked second most dangerous in the nation among cities with a population over 500,000. It also ranked as most dangerous in 2002.
According to Morgan Quitno's 2010 Metropolitan Crime Rate Rankings  the Jackson metropolitan area had the 13th highest crime rate in the United States. Jackson is the primary city within the wider Jackson metropolitan area.
The Morgan Quitno list of the "Top 25 Most Dangerous Cities of 2007", ranked Jackson's as the 9th most dangerous metropolitan area in the United States. In 2006, it had been listed as the 18th most dangerous.
In 2008, Tennessee had 375 state and local law enforcement agencies. Those agencies employed a total of 25,697 staff. Of the total staff, 15,976 were sworn officers (defined as those with general arrest powers).
In 2008, Tennessee had 256 police officers per 100,000 residents.
Capital punishment laws
- "Tennessee worst state for gun crime", Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 10th, 2011.
- Conley, Christopher (September 27, 2007). "Memphis leads U.S. in violent crime". Commercial Appeal. Retrieved October 31, 2007.
- "Morgan Quitno 2007 Crime Rankings". Morganquitno.com. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
- U.S. Department of Justice, Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008, p.15