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Groundbreaking Held For New Midtown Hills Police Precinct

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A groundbreaking was held Tuesday morning for the new Midtown Hills Police Precinct, which will be the city's eighth and newest precinct. 

Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson were on hand for the ceremonial groundbreaking at the site on 12th Avenue South at Wade Avenue.

Officers who work out of the new precinct, scheduled to open in 2014, will patrol 46 square miles and protect residents in several communities, including Edgehill, Green Hills, Forest Hills, Oak Hill, Crieve Hall, and Nippers Corner, as well as Vanderbilt, Lipscomb and Belmont universities.

"Our police department has done a great job in reducing crime by placing an emphasis on building relationships with neighbors and businesses so that everyone plays an active role in keeping our city safe," Mayor Dean said. "When the Midtown Hills Precinct opens, patrol officers will have less area to cover and that gives them more time to spend getting to know and building trust with the people they protect."

"Like Nashville's seven other precincts, Midtown Hills will essentially serve as a mini police department with its own commander to serve the neighborhoods around it," Chief Anderson said. "It is through those partnerships with neighborhoods that we are together making a real difference in directly addressing crime and enhancing quality of life for Nashville's families."

The $9.7 million project will include a large community room inside the 23,000 square foot building that will be built to LEED Silver certification standards.

It is the second new police precinct to open during Mayor Dean's tenure. The first was the Madison Precinct in January 2012. Its permanent headquarters along with the DNA Crime Lab will be complete in January 2014.

A new Central Precinct is under construction near Music City Center to replace the precinct currently located at Bridgestone Arena.

Mayor Dean also opened a replacement West Precinct in December 2011 on Charlotte Avenue.

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