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Steve Anderson

Chief of Police
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Chief Steve Anderson is a 43-year veteran of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. His experience in the Patrol and Planning & Research Divisions served him well in his role as an Administrative Assistant to former Chiefs of Police Joe Casey, Robert Kirchner and Emmett Turner. Prior to Mayor Karl Dean appointing him Chief in 2010, Anderson headed, at separate times, the Administrative Services Bureau, the Investigative Services Bureau and, most recently, the Field Operations Bureau. In prior years he served as the law instructor at the MNPD Training Academy and provided on site legal advice to the SWAT Team and other department components during critical incidents and mass gatherings.

Anderson is a graduate of Peabody High School in Trenton, Tennessee, Belmont University (Bachelor of Science Degree), and the Nashville School of Law (Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree). He is a member of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations and is licensed to practice law in the local, state and federal courts. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, he served in the United States Air Force and was employed by the White County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office.

Chief Anderson is known to seek and carefully consider input from his staff before making decisions that impact the operations of the police department. He also empowers his deputy chiefs, precinct and component commanders to work with community leaders in the development and implementation of strategies specific to their particular areas.