Metro Plans To Spend $1M For Police Equipment

Posted at 1:52 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 19:55:34-04

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.