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Metro’s community safety coordinator encourages crime prevention groups to apply for grants – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-23 22:41:46 –

Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) — Earlier this year, Mayor John Cooper announced a community security expert to help organizations put an end to violence.

“I could get out on the street and see exactly what was going on, but I was from that place where I lived and grew up in Memphis,” said Ron Johnson.

Johnson personally knows the pain when it comes to gun violence.

“Unfortunately, I had a really rough experience in my life, where my mother was killed in a third year of college.”

Johnson says he turned the pain into passion. He devoted his life to finding a way to end violence. He was one of the founders of the REAL program at the Oasis Center where he was a mentor.

He is currently the Community Safety Coordinator for Metro Nashville.

“Many groups are doing great work, they work in silos and they don’t want to get together, but they don’t feel they have anyone in the space.”

Johnson hasn’t played this role for a long time, but he’s been on the streets listening to stories of nonprofits, churches, and grassroots organizations working to end violence.

He coordinates community safety pilot initiatives across the city, bringing together experts from neighborhoods, local businesses, philanthropy, and government.

“We will do everything we can to get together. Our common enemy is violence, so we will do our best to get together with our friends and even our enemies.”

Johnson works with an 11-member committee of law enforcement agencies, church leaders, and nonprofits.

Together, they provide funding recommendations for a grant of approximately $ 1.5 million allocated by Mayor John Cooper in March to assist neighboring groups working to prevent and reduce violence.

“One of the most important things is to have resources, and someone will support you with those resources. That’s what we’re trying to do our best.

Community group grant applications will begin shortly. Johnson asks all of them to apply.



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