NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Midtown Hills precinct of the Metro Nashville Police Department opened earlier this week, and they're already following a plan.
Officers at Midtown Hills, Nashville's eighth precinct, will be responsible for covering a 47-square-mile area, mostly between Hillsboro Road and Nolensville Road. The area also includes three universities: Belmont, Lipscomb, and Vanderbilt.
Captain Kay Lokey, an 18-year veteran of Metro Police, is the precinct commander. She's been in her new position for about a week, but she's already studied the numbers and began positioning her officers.
“Some of the things we wanted to address right off the bat were burglaries from motor vehicles and residential burglaries,” she said. “We wanted to come in and have a strong presence in those areas that we identified as potential problem areas for that.”
Commander Lokey said her officers have also identified problem intersections for car crashes. She said there will be increased traffic patrols on some streets.
During Monday's ribbon cutting ceremony, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean spoke about the new precinct helping development in the neighborhood.
“We strategically selected a highly visible piece of property and similar to the new West Precinct, we purposely located this precinct along a main road in a growing urban area with opportunity for infill,” said Dean.
Now, the commanders of West, South and Hermitage will have less geography to cover. Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said that will allow the officers there to work more closely with the neighborhoods in their community.
The new precinct brings the total number of officers in Metro's police force to more than 1,400 -- the highest in the department's history.