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Residents Welcome New Madison Police Precinct

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By Mark Bellinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The announcement of bring a new police precinct to Madison is welcome news to residents and the commander of the North Precinct.
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NewsChannel 5 has learned adding the new precinct will essentially cut North Precinct in half. It means more officers in North Nashville.

Residents like Bud Leonard welcomes the new precinct. It will be a special place. Leonard used to work at Peterbilt.

He and his neighbors live just a few blocks away from the Peterbilt Plant that will more than likely be the home of a new Madison Police Precinct.

"I'm looking forward to it. It will give people jobs and a place for people to work," Leonard said.

It should also provide more police protection.

Early drafts of the new precinct boundaries cut the existing North precinct in half.

The Madison precinct will require 50 officers, so in essence the North Nashville area is adding dozens of more officers to patrol the streets. North Precinct Commander Anthony Carter said in that context it's good for the area.

"The 50 officers will be focused on a specific area, which is great, which will be the Madison area, which is great for the rest of the area that will be designated at the North Precinct," said Carter.

At the Dinner Bell restaurant not too far from Peterbilt people were excited. Nearly everyone wants a bigger police presence.

Waitress Mary Jo Austin likes the idea of about 300 people working at the Peterbilt campus. They will work in the precinct, crime lab and a maintenance garage for MTA.

"Excellent for out business. I call that job security, so bring them on," said Austin.

Bud Leonard said bring on the extra officers. He's happy the 66 acre site will be used again.

"I guess it ran out it's time as a factory," said Leonard.

The proposal to build a new precinct at the Peterbilt plant still has to pass the Metro Council. Mayor Karl Dean hopes to have it open in a year to 18 months.

Email: mbellinger@newschannel5.com

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