Metro police answer questions about pedestrian safety - WSMV News 4

Metro police answer questions about pedestrian safety

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Nashville is known for walkable areas, from trails and parks to our world-famous downtown streets, to public festivals and massive outdoor concerts.

In light of the terror attack in New York City, Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson admits that Nashville could be a target.

News 4 asked the chief if his department has been looking into car and truck rental businesses like the suspect used in the deadly attack in NYC and hotel rooms like that used in the Las Vegas mass shooting.

"One, we don't have the authority to govern those businesses, and two, I don't know that it would be feasible to try to do a background check on each person," he said. "And, when you look at what's gone on previously, there were people with no criminal record or previous incidents that would call them to law enforcement's attention."

With the mayor's approval, Anderson said he has purchased barriers to block off streets and limit vehicle traffic.

They are large, plastic and filled with water and are used for multiple summer events.

Anderson said he also has a good relationship with Metro Public Works and uses their larger vehicles to block streets.

"Anywhere two or more people are gathered, there's a possibility that something could happen. But we can't just shut down America, and we're not gonna shut down Nashville," Anderson said.

Anderson also explained that there's a whole section in the police department that studies those public situations where we are most vulnerable. The team then makes plans on what police can do better, as well as contingency plans, should something go wrong.

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