Metro Nashville Police Department Expanding To Keep Up With Growth

Posted at 7:39 PM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 20:41:47-04

As Music City has continued to grow, so has the police department.

"We're always looking to the future, and we want to make sure that we are ready for the future before the future gets here," said Chief Steve Anderson, Metro Nashville Police Department.

It's that strategic planning that has Chief Anderson making some major changes within the police department.

Re-structuring the force has been a top priority for Chief Anderson for about the last six months.

"It's obviously way more complicated from when I first joined the police department, and it's going to become an even more complicated complex over the next five to ten years, so we want to make sure we are ready," said Chief Anderson.

Currently there have been three deputy chiefs, but come July 1, that number will change to five.

"Feeling safe is just as important as being safe," said Commander John Drake.

Commander Drake will be moving into his new position as Deputy Chief for the Support Services Bureau. It's events like the CMA Music Fest that keep people flocking to Nashville, and police have been making sure they have enough man power to keep its residents and visitors safe.

"So many more special events, it's like number three in the tourists destination in the country, so people are wanting to be here. With all of that, it's necessary to expand the divisions," said Commander Drake.

According to reports, 128 police officers will join Metro by the end of the summer.