The hiring of 19 scientists and 66 new police officers has the Metro Nashville Police Department looking to increase its $145 million budget.
The increase was revealed at Monday's meeting with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to set funding for 2012.
Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said an extra $7.3 million would primarily go to staffing the DNA crime lab and Madison police precinct at the former Peterbilt truck plant on Myatt Drive.
Part of the conversation also focused on efforts to decentralize and add an eighth precinct in the 12 South neighborhood, a location that ties together some of the city's universities.
“The Midtown Hills precinct would service the Edgehill, Forest Hills, Oak Hill, Green Hills and Crieve Hall communities, as well as Vanderbilt, Lipscomb and Belmont universities,” Chief Anderson explained.
The Midtown Hills precinct could open as early as summer 2012.
The police department is also about to move its West precinct to a new, larger location on Charlotte Avenue near White Bridge Road.