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Public Safety and Justice (Mayor's Office)

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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 and Report

Mayor John Cooper supports the common goals outlined in a report by Nashville’s Policing Policy Commission, a diverse group of 42 people the Mayor asked to create recommendations for reducing use of force, improving trust across all the city’s communities, and enhancing public safety. The Mayor will present this blueprint to Nashville’s next police chief.

The report represents months of work and a broad community engagement effort. The commission met for more than 66 hours of deliberations and heard from nearly 40 subject matter experts who ranged from Nashvillians with lived experience to national policing experts.

Read the full Policing Policy Commission Report

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.

Performance Management Information

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