It was a Friday night to remember in one of the hottest cities in the nation and for some amazing reasons overall. The North Nashville based Swift Tabernacle Baptist Church’s Rev. Leon McKinley Corder, Jr., senior pastor, invited Police Chief Steve Anderson, Commander Terrance Graves and Sergeant Mitchell Kornberg, Church leaders and the city of Nashville to a well rounded safety and information forum.
It’s no secret that people in this ‘happening city’ have a myriad of choices on any given night when it comes to places to go, and things to see and to do—so stopping by the historic Swift Tabernacle Baptist Church (STBC) located on the corners of 10th and Clay streets for a community and safety forum on a Friday night was unique.
The core information discussed reflected crime prevention, awareness and safety matters primarily in the North Nashville area. However, the innovative workshop was geared to anyone interested in making their area and the city as whole, safer and as crime free as possible.
As Chief Anderson, Commander Graces and Sergeant Kornberg took their turns addressing the audience, the subtle noise of scratching could be heard as some attendees vigorously took down notes. The police presence and information was well received and the question and answer portion of the event flowed seamlessly.
The police spoke briefly about some of the police department resources and programs such as: the ‘BIGS in Blue’ a Big brother mentoring style program. The G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Camp program and its success was defined. The importance and reasoning of implementing outlets like their FLEX (Flexible), Comstat (Computer Stats) and Bike Patrol programs. Commander Graves indicated that the public is invited and welcomed to attend the Comstat program sessions and any other Metro police department community related resource.
An initial association with the police department in any city may be the arrest factor, the series of things heard and seen on local news and of course via daily word of mouth communication.
Whether true, false of questionable, a few facts remain definitely true: 1) The men and women who serve the police department are people too. They each have families, goals, dreams and lives to live. 2) When they are seen in public or social gatherings, they may just want to say ‘hello’ and interact with their citizens.
In summary, not all police/citizen contact is a bad thing or ends up badly—hence the importance and value of the community and safety forum networking, such as this one at STBC.
Clergy leaders in attendance included: STBC Rev. Curry Corder, assistant pastor; John Wright; Rev. H. Bruce Maxwell, senior pastor of Lake Providence Baptist Church; and Bishop Alonzo D. Hatchett, Jr. and First Lady Wyvonne L. Hatchett of Foster Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
‘The Lady Lions of Triumph’ organization’s Tiffaney Williams (Youth Lives Matter Rally set for Nov. 29) attended as well.
For more information about the various programs and resources within the Metro Nashville Police Department, visit <www.nashville.gov/Police-Department.aspx>.