Chris Taylor, Captain
The Park Police provide police services to Metro’s park system. They are tasked with patrolling and responding to calls for service within the 115 parks that encompass almost 11,000 acres of land in Davidson County. The officers utilize patrol cars, sport utility vehicles, ATV's, horses, bicycles and foot patrols to aid in this task. They also investigate crimes that occur on Park property and conduct undercover operations. Officers have the same powers of arrest and duties as a Metro Police officer while in the Parks. They are a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation but receive their police powers by Special Commission issued by the Chief of Police of the Metro Police Department. They work closely with the Metro Police and follow their policies and procedures. The Department currently has a staffing of 31 budgeted positions.
The Mission of the Metropolitan Nashville Park Police is to ensure that the city’s parks and greenways remain safe for all persons to enjoy. The Department strives to always display the highest standard of honesty, integrity, and professionalism in every interaction between fellow employees and the people we serve. For each problem encountered, officers will seek a solution consistent with current laws and community values.