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The Community Oversight Board and the Human Relations Commission Host Second Community Safety Townhall Meeting

8/27/2020

The Community Oversight Board (COB) and the Metro Human Relations Commission (MHRC) have partnered together to conduct several virtual community safety townhall meetings over the next few weeks. The purpose of these meetings is to hear from Nashville residents what they would like to see in a chief of police and public safety in their communities.

“At our first community townhall, we had several members of the community from across Nashville and Davidson County offer sincere thoughts and concerns,” shares MHRC Chair Dr. Marisa Richmond. “This feedback is quite useful, and we encourage more to take advantage of this unique opportunity to share about your desire for the future of public safety.”

The first townhall meeting was held on Monday, August 24, 2020, and included public comment from residents who live in Donelson, Sylvan Park, Goodlettsville, Old Hickory and the Bellevue area – to name a few. The COB and MHRC are looking forward to hearing from more residents this upcoming Monday, August 31, with an interest in specifically hearing from Victim’s Rights Advocates, Survivors of Domestic Violence or Human Trafficking, and Mental Health Communities. It is the COB and MHRC’s hope that all members of the community feel empowered to let their voices be heard.

"The intentional inclusion of voices from the marginalized communities of Nashville during this search process is the only way for the next leader of the MNPD to be successful,” says COB Past Chairperson Ashlee Davis. “These forums exist so that the diverse perspectives of Nashville residents will be heard with no filter or script. People need to believe in their elected and appointed leaders and that doesn’t happen unless they feel valued and heard and that’s exactly why these forums are being held."

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 31, 2020, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Information on how to leave a statement and ways to listen in on the meeting can be found below.

There are three ways members of the public can submit their statements:

  1. Call in live to the meeting at 629-255-1907 – Number valid only during meetings.
  2. Leave a pre-recorded voicemail at 629-255-1906 – Number valid anytime.

Ways to listen to the meeting:

  1. This meeting will take place via teleconference and will be broadcast on the Metro Nashville Network (MNN) live stream at stream.nashville.gov
  2. If you would like to join via phone:
    • Call +1-415-655-0002.
    • When prompted for the meeting access code, enter ‘146 228 2835’ followed by #.

For more information you can visit www.mnconashville.com.