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MNPD Officers Will Begin Receiving a Day Off Effective Tomorrow

3/11/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chief Steve Anderson this afternoon announced that MNPD officers, who have been working 12-hour shifts without days off since the March 3 tornado, will begin receiving a day off on a rotating basis beginning tomorrow (one third of officers will be off each day Thursday thru Saturday). Twelve-hour shifts will continue into next week.

In thanking officers for all they have done over the past week, Chief Anderson included this message that he received from a resident late Tuesday night:

I live [in East Nashville]. We’ve been without power since the tornado. With 2 very young kids and 2 dogs it’s been incredibly stressful and we’ve felt stuck staying in our home. While it may be dark and cold, one thing we haven’t felt concerned about is our safety. 24/7 we’ve had a patrol car at the end of both of our streets. With everything else we’ve been worrying about this has been an enormous relief not to have to think about. Thank you for keeping our block safe so I can focus on keeping the house warm and kids fed. It has been more of a help than you can imagine!

As of 4 p.m. today, 40 MNPD officers and 10 Davidson County Sheriff’s Office deputies are staffing a total of 39 fixed posts in North and East Nashville, down from 64 fixed posts on Tuesday evening. As of 4 p.m., 987 NES customers are without power, down from more than 50,000 in the immediate aftermath of the tornado.

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Your MNPD Officers on post

Your MNPD Officers on Post

Damage from March 3, 2020 tornado

Damage from March 3, 2020 tornado