The Nashville, Tennessee, City Council has approved the use of $9 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to purchase new fleet vehicles for the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD), the Nashville Department of Transportation (NDOT), and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

The resolution, passed on Dec. 21, will provide a total of 128 new marked pursuit SUVs for MNPD, 10 new pickup trucks for NDOT, and three new SUVs and a van for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

Prior to the council’s vote, city council members debated about whether the ARP funds should be used for the fleet upgrades. Some council members believed that the funding should go directly to the community or to more COVID-related needs. 

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