Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, along with Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson, revealed a plan to spend about $1 million on protective equipment for police officers.
The legislation, set to be filed with Metro Council on Friday, would purchase equipment that would better protect officers against high-powered rifles.
They would use $1,080,375 from Metro’s 4-percent reserve fund to buy 1,500 units. That reserve fund is designated to purchase or make repairs to equipment for Metro’s departments.
The entire package would cost an estimated $720.25 per-officer.
The plan called for providing ballistic plates and helmets, along with non-ballistic face shields, and identifying patches for each officer.
Their current equipment can’t protect against assault-style rifle fire.
The announcement was made at an event honoring late Officer Andrew Nash, who died of natural causes in 2014. He was 30-years-old.