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Public Safety and Justice (Mayor's Office)

The Mayor speaking to a precinct

The administration will work to improve public safety by ensuring that our police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders have the tools and resources necessary to keep the community safe by reducing crime and quickly responding to emergencies.

Programs and Initiatives

Policing Policy Commission

Metro Nashville’s Policing Policy Commission has been created to review use-of-force policies within the MNPD and develop necessary reforms to set a new national standard in policing and public safety.

In June of 2020, former President Obama called on mayors across the United States to commit to use-of-force reviews through a collaborative and inclusive effort. Mayor Cooper quickly committed Metro government to this emerging national conversation on policing reform.

Eric Brown, Coordinator of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment and Youth Development, and John Buntin, Director of Policy and Community Safety, are representing the Mayor’s Office in this vital and timely conversation.

Read the full Policing Policy Commission announcement

Police Chief Selection

Mayor John Cooper has announced a roadmap for selecting Metro Nashville’s new Chief of Police. The process Mayor Cooper has created is designed to engage residents and neighborhoods from across our community to identify the qualities needed in our next Chief of Police. It lays the groundwork for a robust, nationwide search for a new police executive informed by expert advice on recruiting and 21st century policing principles. The goal of this process is to select a new police chief who will make Nashville a model of community engagement and policing innovation.

Mayor John Cooper Announces Police Chief Selection Roadmap

Community Oversight Board and Metro Police Department Negotiations

Mayor John Cooper announces that the Community Oversight Board (COB) and the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) begin the process of negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding that will specify how both parties share information and interact.

Mayors Office Convenes Discussions Between Community Oversight Board and Metro Police

Body Camera Deployment Update

On June 8, 2020, Mayor Cooper announced that Metro will start a full body-worn camera implementation process throughout the MNPD. Deployment will be completed when approximately 1,325 MNPD officers and 30 Metro Park Police officers are equipped with body-worn cameras. MNPD will also install cameras in the department’s 734 patrol vehicles. Mayor Cooper: " Body-worn cameras will promote trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they are sworn to serve.”

Learn more about the Body Camera Deployment

Reducing Disparities

Forty percent of Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) students are students of color, yet students of color make up 60 percent of the kids who are suspended. Addressing this disparate treatment is one of Deputy Mayor Haywood’s top priorities. The Mayor’s Office is working with Public Schools' Passage program to find more effective ways to reduce this and other racial disparities. It’s an important first step to improving equity across Public Schools.