builder we need in John Drake. During his time on the force and as interim chief, he has reached out to neighborhoods and communities across Nashville. He has shown he is committed to collaboration, transparency, and the dignity of every resident.”
together,” Mayor Cooper said. “Chief Drake will make the department into a national model for enhancing residents’ safety by building strong partnerships with our many
communities and neighborhoods and reflecting that diversity within the department itself.”
Commission. Mayor Cooper convened a 42-member commission of diverse Nashvillians to generate ideas for how to create a Nashville model for neighborhood policing – including reducing the use of force, building trust and enhancing public safety.
“The Policing Policy Commission’s report will serve as a guide for Chief Drake,” Mayor Cooper said. “We have a blueprint for making Nashville a national model for 21 st Century policing, and it’s time to get to work.”
division of Maryland-National Capital Park Police and Larry Scirotto, former assistant chief of professional standards with the Pittsburgh Police Department, for their applications.
focus of everything we do, we’ll achieve a policing model that works for Nashville – and even sets the tone nationally.”
basketball league, which ultimately grew to more than 1,200 participants. From patrol, he moved to narcotics. In 2007, Drake was promoted to sergeant and
moved to the Office of Professional Accountability. He made lieutenant in 2010 and moved to Hermitage Precinct in South Nashville.
In 2014, Drake was promoted to captain and took command of the Domestic Violence Division, becoming the first male to head that division. He initiated several programs
that continue there today, such as the brutality assessment protocol for first responders to assess the victim’s safety.
includes more than 900 officers and detectives assigned to the city’s eight precincts. As Interim Chief, Drake reformed the central homicide division, increased the number of
diverse officers recruiting applicants to the department and encouraged precinct commanders to redeploy “flex” units as neighborhood engagement teams.
and provide MNPD officers the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree in one year. Drake played football, ran track, and wrestled at East High School, now Stratford STEM
Magnet School, where he graduated in 1983. He graduated summa cum laude from Bethel University and is also a graduate of the Southeastern Command &; Leadership
Academy at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; the Police Executive Leadership Institute; the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management
Institute for Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute.