Soon-to-be-former Tennessee Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons will lead the new Public Safety Institute at the University of Memphis, reports the Commercial Appeal.
Gibbons will also serve as president of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, effective Sept. 1. Gibbons is leaving the state post on Aug. 31.
The Public Safety Institute is a joint venture of the Crime Commission and the U of M. It will be housed in the university’s School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, and will draw on researchers from across the university, officials said.
Gibbons said he hopes to focus on “best practices in fighting crime” as well as evaluating current methods of combating crime.
“It is a challenge, but I do not accept the notion that our current crime rate is inevitable, that it’s something we have to live with. I reject that notion,” Gibbons said.