MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Big changes are coming to security on Beale Street, as the Memphis Police Department trains hundreds of officers to work a new detail there.
According to police, as the state's number one tourist attraction, Beale Street's perks and problems are unique.
"We have specific crimes that occur in and around the Beale Street and the surrounding area that we needed to give our officers special training," Col. Robert Shemwell said.
That's why the Memphis Police Department is putting together a Beale Street overtime detail. Hundreds of officers will be specially trained to handle Beale Street's special needs.
"Such as your panhandling, your ticket scalpers," Shemwell said. "We have individuals posing as parking attendants."