Bill BL2020-378 (as amended)
An ordinance amending Section 2.44.050 of the Metropolitan Code pertaining to the annual training requirements for police officers.
WHEREAS, Section 8.203 of the Metropolitan Charter provides that the Chief of Police can “make regulations, with the approval of the mayor and in conformity with applicable ordinances, concerning the operation of the department, the conduct of the officers and employees thereof, their uniforms, arms and other equipment for their training” (emphasis added); and
WHEREAS, Section 3.06 of the Metropolitan Charter provides that the Metropolitan Council has the authority to legislate with respect to the powers of the metropolitan government granted by Article 2 of the Charter, including the power to enact ordinances necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare; and
WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Council has determined that enhanced training requirements for Metropolitan Nashville police officers is needed in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL OF NASHVILLE & DAVIDSON COUNTY:
Section 1. Section 2.44.050 of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by adding the following new appropriately-designated subsections:
x. Every police officer shall receive at least one full day (eight hours) of Diversity and Inclusion training each year.
xx. Every police officer shall receive at least four hours of use of force training each year, which shall include training regarding the use of less lethal devices and techniques. For purposes of this subsection, “less lethal devices” means those devices that are designed to reduce the potential of causing serious bodily injury or death, which includes tasers, batons, and pepper spray.
xxx. Every police officer shall receive at least four hours of mental health training each year.
xiv. The required Diversity and Inclusion Training and the Mental Health Training is to be included in the General Provisions for In-Service Training as part of the Department Manual of the Metropolitan Police Department. Further, the Metropolitan Police Department shall post the topics to be covered in the required Diversity and Inclusion Training and the Mental Health Training on the department’s website.
Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect from and after its enactment, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.
IntroducedJuly 21, 2020
Passed First ReadingJuly 21, 2020
Referred toPublic Safety, Beer, and Regulated Beverages Committee
Amended and Indefinitely DeferredAugust 4, 2020
Requests for ADA accommodation should be directed to the Metropolitan Clerk at 615-862-6770.
Last Modified: 08/06/2020 5:13 PM