TAKING A BROADER APPROACH TO PUBLIC SAFETY

BUCK DOZIER’S PUBLIC SAFETY AGENDA INCLUDES ADDRESSING NOT ONLY CRIME AND FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION, BUT ALSO CITIZEN AND BUSINESS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, AND THE INVOLVEMENT OF NASHVILLE’S NOT-FOR-PROFIT AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO ASSIST CITIZENS.

AS MAYOR, BUCK DOZIER WOULD:
Revamp the Office of Emergency Management to ensure seamless deployment and coordination of all city, state and federal agencies in times of crisis. Interoperability systems are needed to allow users to access hundreds of online channels for weather, imagery, utilities and content, while gaining unprecedented operational awareness. Work to ensure that Nashville receives its fair share of federal homeland security funds to support interoperable communications, information sharing, and citizen preparedness. Re-energize efforts to educate the public on how to respond as individuals, as neighborhoods and as a community to incidents that threaten our safety and property. Launch an initiative to train Chief Preparedness Officers (CPO) for businesses to help employees respond to a wide range of emergency situations. Involve in emergency preparedness planning and execution Nashville’s various notfor-profit and faith-based organizations – from the Red Cross to Operation Andrew – that have a proven track record of assisting citizens in times of crisis. Create an Incident Response Program for our major thoroughfares to ensure a 24/7 focus on traffic control and re-routing, mobile communications and cleanup in the event of a roadway incident.

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TAKING A BROADER APPROACH TO PUBLIC SAFETY
AS MAYOR, BUCK DOZIER WOULD: (CONT.)
Evaluate how Metro works with schools and parents when school is in session during times of crisis. Propose creation of a new 911 center to replace the existing outdated and cramped facility. 911 dispatchers are under great stress and have to currently also deal with deplorable working conditions. Expand EMS/ambulance service to address Nashville’s growth. Update Nashville’s Fire Department Master Plan to address demand for additional fire protection resources. Work to curb violent crime by supporting the Tennessee Public Safety Coalition’s push for stronger felony sentences for criminals who carry a gun. Embrace innovative efforts at addressing the rise in juvenile crime such as the Meharry-vanderbilt-CDC pilot program focusing on community-based outreach to violent offenders and their families. The pilot program establishes a Nashville Youth violence Prevention Academic Center. Work to more aggressively fill the 100 funded but vacant police officer positions, and support ongoing retention efforts. Call for a review and evaluation of concerns raised within the police department about morale, pay rates, staffing levels, and pension requirements. Organizations that represent law enforcement officers will be asked to weigh in on this review and evaluation. Support the building of a new police station for the North sector, encompassing Madison, the Gallatin Road and Trinity Lane corridors. Support Sheriff Daron Hall’s efforts to deport illegal immigrants arrested for committing crimes.

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