Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas will address Mayor Karl Dean during Metro’s budget hearings Tuesday morning before addressing the state Senate Judiciary Committee in the afternoon.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said Serpas would highlight his department’s high points and successes for Dean with very little to no mention of job cuts. Later Serpas will push the Judiciary Committee to support a bill that would force armed robbery convicts to serve more of their full sentence.
The committee will consider a bill that would increase the percentage of time convicts of aggravated robbery with a weapon must serve. The bill would increase the percentage of a sentence served from 30 percent to 85 percent, according to a summary of the bill.
Senate Bill 3431, sponsored by Davidson County Sen. Doug Henry, along with Diane Black and Mark Norris, would also divert “certain non-violent property offenders” to community correction, probation or a diversion program instead of straight to jail.
Non-violent property offenses include: forgery, shoplifting credit card fraud and certain types of theft.