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New Police Precinct Headed To Edgehill Community

New Police Precinct Headed To Edgehill Community

CREATED May 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new precinct in South Nashville has been scheduled to open in the Edgehill community.

Midtown Hills will be the city’s newest police precinct. Many residents of Edgehill said the new location has been needed for quite some time.

Latasha Black and her children live in the Edgehill Public Housing Project. For many years, Metro Nashville Police Officers have considered it one of the city's hot spots for crime.

“Everybody’s got kids,” said Black. “The kids want to be out here and play, but they can't because there's too much drama around here.”

In April, police charged a man with shooting three people. One of the victims was a 4-year-old child.

“I guess it was just somebody doing what they wanted to do, and not being right. They shot a child in their feet. The daddy got shot, too,” she said.

The incident happened just a couple of blocks from the construction site of the soon-to-be Midtown Hills Police Precinct.

Nashville's newest crime fighting headquarters sits on a corner on 12th Avenue South. Police Chief Steve Anderson said when the building opens Edgehill residents will see a lot more neighborhood policing.

“It was a hot spot when I was patrolling the area back in the 1970s, so I think this new precinct setting in the middle of Edgehill is going to be, make a difference to that neighborhood,” he said.

The new precinct is bounded by Hillsboro Pike and Nolensville Pike. It will add 58 new officers to the area and shrink the size of the West, South and Hermitage precincts.

When Midtown Hills opens, it will be the second new precinct building to open this year. In January, the city opened a new Madison Precinct at what was once the old Peterbilt Plant.

The Midtown Hills Police Precinct has been scheduled to open in August.