Mayor Karl Dean and Chief Steve Anderson on January 3rd welcomed the largest class of police officer trainees ever to begin at the MNPD Academy. While 75% of the 104 class members are from Tennessee, 17 other states and even the nation of Brazil are represented, proving that the Nashville Police Department is an attractive place for persons to begin public service/law enforcement careers.
This class was begun to ensure that the police department keeps pace with normal attrition (retirements, resignations) and remains fully staffed.
“Our commitment to public safety is unwavering,” said Mayor Dean, noting that the class was the 15th he has welcomed during his five years in office. “We are able to maintain a fully staffed police department and provide modern facilities because of the close relationship between officers and the communities in which they serve.”
Chief Anderson reminded the recruits that the next 22 weeks of rigorous training will not be easy, but then neither was getting into the academy to begin with.
“The members of this class are a reflection of our efforts to find the best and brightest persons to serve Nashville’s families and visitors as police officers,” Chief Anderson said. “As a 38-year veteran of this department, I can personally assure these trainees that if they remain determined, the career path they have chosen will be very satisfying and rewarding.”
Graduation for the class is set for June 10th.