Operation Legend is a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime. The Operation was first launched on July 8 in Kansas City, MO., and expanded on July 22, 2020, to Chicago and Albuquerque, and to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee on July 29, 2020.
Operation Legend is named in honor of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept early in the morning of June 29 in Kansas City.
As part of the Memphis expansion, BJA will make available funding to support Operation Legend’s violent crime reduction efforts in addition to prior BJA grant funding awarded to provide manpower, technology, equipment, and other support. BJA will also make available $1 million to support local law enforcement in shot spotter responses and violent crime investigations in St. Louis.
Learn more about Operation Legend and the expansion to Memphis and St. Louis in an August 6 press release.