NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - With more incidents of violence on Broadway in recent weeks and more people hitting the streets of downtown Nashville, safety is a concern for city leaders.
Butch Spyridon with Nashville Convention and Visitor's Bureau (NCVB) said the uptick in crime hadn't impacted tourism yet.
"Tourism is back in Nashville. I feel very safe. Everyone is out partying and having a great time," said Ami Mehr, who is visiting from Boston.
Folks with the NCVB want people to remain to have a good time. Despite the increase in violence on Broadway, they're working to keep tourists safe in Music City.
"We're having regular conversations with police departments. We're increasing police presence," Spyridon said.
In 2019, Metro Police announced a safety initiative that put an additional 17 officers in the entertainment district corridor on Friday and Saturday evenings.
MNPD says now, as part of that entertainment district initiative, an additional 33 officers work on Friday and Saturday covering the entertainment district corridor from 5 pm to 3 am. On Thursday, an additional 12 officers work from 5 pm until midnight, and on Sunday, seven officers work from 1 pm to 8 pm.
Metro police said these extra-duty officers working overtime are in addition to Midtown Hills Precinct) and Central Precinct Officers.
"We're ramping up to address the issue. It's an issue nationwide. We just got to get in front of it, but I think we have the right plan," said Spyridon.
The NCVB said recent legislation would help with providing more funds to keeping entertainment areas clean and safe.
"It's a visitor fee on downtown that will go to clean and safe," said Spyridon. "It's roughly a penny, a beer. That additional quarter is going specifically to clean and safe. It's needed, and we can't rely on Metro completely, so we let our visitors help us make it a better experience for them," Spyridon said.
Officials say there are ongoing talks about adding more officers to the entertainment district initiative.
"We take it seriously, and everybody's safety is job one," Spyridon said.