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This article refers to crime in the U.S. state of Tennessee.

State statistics

In 2010, 356 people were murdered in Tennessee.[1] In 2009 and 2010, Tennessee had the highest rate of violent gun crime of any US state.[1] In 2010, only Washington, D.C., had a higher rate of gun violence.[1] 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.[1]

In 2008 there were 296,565 crimes reported in the state of Tennessee, including 412 murders.[2] In 2014 there were 240,295 crimes reported, including 371 murders.[2]

By location


Further information: Crime in Memphis, Tennessee

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.[3] 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.[4]


According to Morgan Quitno's 2010 Metropolitan Crime Rate Rankings [5] 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.[6] In 2006, it had been listed as the 18th most dangerous.[7]


Further information: List of law enforcement agencies in Tennessee

In 2008, Tennessee had 375 state and local law enforcement agencies.[8] Those agencies employed a total of 25,697 staff.[8] Of the total staff, 15,976 were sworn officers (defined as those with general arrest powers).[8]

Police ratio

In 2008, Tennessee had 256 police officers per 100,000 residents.[8]

Capital punishment laws

Main article: Capital punishment in Tennessee

Capital punishment is applied in this state, but is rarely employed, with last execution in 2019.[9]


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  2. ^ a b "Tennessee Crime Rates 1960 - 2016". Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  3. ^ Conley, Christopher (September 27, 2007). "Memphis leads U.S. in violent crime". Commercial Appeal. Retrieved October 31, 2007.
  4. ^ "Morgan Quitno 2007 Crime Rankings". Archived from the original on January 5, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2010-09-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ a b c d "U.S. Department of Justice, Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008, p.15" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Facts about capital punishment - the death penalty". Retrieved 1 May 2019.