The Nashville Police Department’s Central (downtown) Precinct will receive much needed additional office space by moving into the shadow of the Music City Center at Korean Veterans Boulevard and 6th Avenue South.
The Central Precinct has occupied 5,300 square feet in the front of Bridgestone Arena, where there is no room for expansion, since October 2005. Mayor Dean’s Capital Spending Plan provides for approximately 10,000 square feet of police space in a new building to be constructed directly across the street from Nashville’s dynamic new convention center complex.
“This proposal is a win for the 120 officers and detectives assigned to the Central Precinct, the downtown community and Nashville’s visitors,” said Precinct Commander Jason Reinbold. “Not only will a new building relieve cramped office space and improve working conditions, it will allow the police department to uniquely complement the Music City Center in a place specifically designed for police precinct operations.”
Metro Councilmember Erica Gilmore, who represents the downtown area, said the proposed new Central Precinct building shows that public safety remains a priority as the city works on important major civic projects.
“An expanded modern work place for the men and women of the Central Precinct means more efficient police services for families in the 19th council district,” Gilmore said. “I am very pleased this project is included in today’s Capital Spending Plan filing.”
Components operating out of the Central Precinct include patrol officers, flex officers, detectives, undercover drug/vice investigators, motorcycle officers, bicycle officers and the MNPD’s Mounted Unit (which is based at Ellington Agriculture Center).