Mayor Barry Congratulates New Officers

Posted at 4:58 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 17:58:05-05

More than 50 new officers have joined the ranks of the Metro Nashville Police Department, and were set to hit the streets in a matter of months.

The 55 new officers were congratulated by Mayor Megan Barry and Police Chief Steve Anderson Wednesday.

Anderson said Nashville’s increasing population calls for more officers patrolling the streets, to keep it safe.

"About 80 people a day come to Nashville to make this their home. We're the 25th largest city in the United States,” said Anderson. “Nashville is growing and all the government services will have to grow to accommodate that.”

Training the new officers was said to take five and a half months.