Memphis PD Command Staff
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong began his career as a United States Army Field Artillery Specialist where he enlisted in 1983. In 1986 he was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist Fourth Class.
He became a member of the Memphis Police Department in 1989. He worked at the West Precinct (Union Station) in the housing projects and consistently ranked high among the shift leaders in all statistical categories. In 1991 he worked as an undercover operative and later as an investigator with the Organized Crime Unit, where he targeted well known drug kingpins with several successful felony convictions.
In 1997, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Robbery Division. While holding this position he learned two very important skills as a police officer interviewing and interrogation. These skills would prove to be vital in his following years. One year later he was asked to be a team leader with the Organized Crime Unit.
In 2000, he was promoted to Lieutenant and started in the uniform patrol unit where he implemented an effective training and professional assessment program that increased morale. He was later appointed as the supervisor of the homicide bureau, where he led the Homicide Bureau to have the highest ranked solve rate with an 87 percentile. During his stint as Lieutenant of homicide, he used the critical skills he learned for interviewing and interrogation and helped solve homicide cases involving fellow police officers and the most famous murder case in the history of the City of Memphis known as The Lester Street Murders.
In 2008, he was promoted to Major and assigned to the Investigative Bureau and became Bureau Commander for Homicide, Felony Assault Unit, Missing Persons and Crime Stoppers. Also during this period, he became a public figure after receiving accolades from being one of the biggest stars on the nationally televised police show The First 48.
In 2010, he was appointed to Deputy Director and managed the Memphis Police Department’s day-to-day operations. During this time, he used all resources available to maintain peace and order to more than 683,000 citizens.
Appointed as Director in April 2011, Director Armstrong is currently commanding the Memphis Police Department, a law enforcement agency which staffs more than 2,400 officers and manages a general operating budget of over 200 million dollars. Like his predecessors, Director Toney Armstrong is committed to improving the quality of life for all Memphians.
Director Armstrong holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Christian Brothers University, finishing with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude.
On February 12, 1990, Deputy Chief Michael Rallings joined the Memphis Police Academy. After graduation, he served as a patrolman and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996; the rank of Lieutenant in 2001; the rank of Major in 2008; appointed to the rank of Colonel in 2009; and appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief in September 2009 where he commanded Uniform Patrol Division District II, Special Operations Division, and Uniform Patrol District I.
Throughout his 24 years of service, Deputy Chief Rallings has worked at, the Organized Crime Unit, North Precinct, East Precinct, Central Precinct, South Precinct, and Firearms Training Unit, General Investigations Bureau, Felony Response Bureau, Fraud and Document Bureau, Entertainment District Unit, Training Academy, Mt. Moriah Station, and Executive Administration.
Deputy Chief Rallings is a native Memphian who graduated from Wooddale High School, attended Memphis State University and earned an Associates of Arts Degree from Shelby State Community College. He is a graduate of the 228th Session of the FBI National Academy. Deputy Chief Rallings is also a 30 year veteran of the U.S Army and U.S. Army Reserve, where he continues to serve as a USAR First Sergeant.
On July 14, 1984 Deputy Chief Gerald Perry joined the ranks of the Memphis Police Department. He began as a patrolman and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996; the rank of Lieutenant in 2002; the rank of Major in 2008; appointed to the rank of Colonel in 2010; and appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief in February of 2012 and is assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division, District II. Throughout his 30 yrs. of service Chief Perry has worked at, the Police Training Academy, Uniform Patrol, Investigative Services, DARE/GREAT and Executive Administration
Deputy Chief Gerald Perry is a native Memphian who graduated from Carver High School, attended Tennessee State University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Creighton College
Deputy Chief Jim Harvey has been employed by the Memphis Police Department since June 4, 1983 as a career law enforcement officer having served in Uniform Patrol, Investigative Services, Organized Crime Unit, Colonel of the Ridgeway Station Precinct and Deputy Chief of Executive Administration. He currently serves the Deputy Director of the Memphis Police Department as the Deputy Chief of Investigative Services.
Deputy Chief Harvey obtained certification as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in December of 2000 while he was assigned to the Organized Crime Unit. Chief Harvey was heavily involved in the creation of the Memphis Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center and continues to be involved in the decision making processes regarding the police department’s I.T. procurements.
Born in El Dorado, Arkansas on August 4th, 1965. Graduated from West Memphis High School in 1983.
Attended Arkansas State University, as well as Memphis State University prior to joining the Memphis Police Department in 1987.Graduated from the Memphis Police Department Training Academy in 1988.
As a Patrolman, I worked the South, North, and West Precinct. Promoted to Sgt in 1996.
As a Sgt, I worked in the General Assignment Bureau, Street Crimes Abatement Team, Burglary Bureau, and Felony Response A Shift.Promoted to Lieutenant in 2002.As a Lieutenant, I worked the Downtown Precinct D Shift, Entertainment District Unit, and the Mounted Patrol.
Promoted to Major in 2008.As a Major, I worked the South Main Station C Shift, Entertainment District Unit, Real Time Crime Center, and the Organized Crime Unit.
Appointed to Colonel in 2010. As a Colonel, I commanded the Organized Crime Unit and the South Main Station.
Appointed to Deputy Chief in 2013 and assigned to Special Operations.Married for (23) years. Two daughters ages 20 and 17. Attend New Hope Christian Church in Bartlett, TN
Deputy Chief Rowena Adams began her career with the Memphis Police Department on September 26, 1988. She worked as a Patrol Officer at the North Precinct (which has been renamed to Old Allen Station) until August of 1994, when she transferred to the Organized Crime Unit. While in the Organized Crime Unit, she was tasked with enforcing state and federal drug laws against street-level to major drug offenders. Chief Adams was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on May 30, 1996. As a Sergeant, she worked in the Organized Crime Unit Seizure Department and in the General Assignment Bureau. On July 12, 2000, Adams was promoted to Lieutenant. She was assigned the Organized Crime Unit, where she managed administrative functions including Seizures, Settlements, Grand Jury, Information Systems, Fleet Maintenance, as well as other clerical functions. Adams was later assigned to MPD Human Resources.
On April 8, 2008, she was promoted to the rank of Major. As a Major, Adams served as the Commander of the Inspectional Services Bureau (Internal Affairs and Security Squad) and in Investigative Services, where she served as Assistant Commander over the investigative bureaus. In August of 2010, Adams was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She transferred to Uniform Patrol, where she served as the Assistant Commander at Tillman Station. In April of 2011, Adams was transferred to the Organized Crime Unit, where she worked as the Assistant Commander. On May 16, 2011, Adams was promoted to the rank of Colonel. As a Colonel, Adams was assigned as the Commander of the Organized Crime Unit. Adams was then promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief on October 15, 2012. She oversees the Administrative Services branch of the Memphis Police Department, which includes Communications, Property & Evidence, Real Time Crime Center, Information Systems, the Crime Analysis Unit, Accreditation and Research, Human Resources, as well as other support functions of the Memphis Police Department.
Adams enjoys serving as one of Memphis’ finest.“ She values the opportunity to serve others. This commitment is evident in her interactions with the citizens and the communities that entrust us with this privilege. But Chief Adams also believes that she is serving the men and women who are following in her footsteps as a law enforcement executive. Her leadership style is based on the following quotes:
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” -- Warren Bennis “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” -- Jack Welch
Adams is a graduate of Crichton College (now Victory University). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management.