Metro Nashville Police Department

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Nashville’s Police Department wants to bring back the neighborhood cop—on foot. It’s not an obvious choice for a sprawling city like Nashville. But it’s one that aims to put the community back into policing.

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Nashville authorities — especially the police and those overseeing public housing — have steadily increased the use of surveillance cameras to monitor for crime, or try to deter it.

Now a new proposal could rein in Metro’s use of such technology.

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The McFerrin Park Community Center is still patched with plywood after bullets shattered the front doors and various windows. A week ago, two teens were shot and injured outside the center when a group of masked men drove up, aimed, and fired a flurry of bullets toward the front door, forcing the kids inside to run for cover. The police say they have not yet apprehended the suspects.

It’s going to cost significantly more than expected to outfit the Metro Police Department with body cameras. But Chief Steve Anderson says the hefty price tag is the cost of transparency.

Anderson says it’s the most expensive request he’s ever made: $50 million to deploy body cameras to the force’s 1400 officers and their vehicles. And the hardware is just a fraction of that. There’s storage, software, infrastructure, a back-up system. He’s requesting money to hire another two dozen officers just to handle the deluge of footage.

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The Nashville police department is getting rid of a 31-year-old, racially charged textbook that is issued to every academy recruit.

The decision comes after WPLN pressed the police department on its use of Tactical Edge, a book covering high risk patrol, in a story that aired Monday.

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On the first day of training, every new recruit in the Nashville Police Academy is issued a stack of reading materials. Right on the top is Tactical Edge, a textbook dedicated to high risk patrol.

The dedication page reads: “For those officers who want to win.” The book, written by former journalist Charles Remsberg, was published in 1986. With gritty black and white photographs and tabloid-esque writing, it depicts a world of constant and increased threat. And it prescribes an aggressive approach to policing at a time when Nashville's department, and many around the country, are trying to move the other way.

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Nashville’s council members are again taking a close look at Metro Police this week. This time, the council is considering whether to move faster on securing body cameras for officers.

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After last month’s fatal police shooting, there’s been a groundswell of demand to equip Nashville police with body cameras. But the implementation is tricky. How is the footage stored, and for how long?

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When the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation started looking into the recent shooting death of Jocques Clemmons by a Metro police officer, it added yet another investigation to its surging caseload. It also highlighted the state agency’s increasing role in scrutinizing local police.

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When the police department released footage of Officer Joshua Lippert shooting Jocques Clemmons after he ran a stop sign and allegedly brandished a gun, something felt strangely familiar to De’Anton Gipson.

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