Charlotte Mecklenburg Police

Crime
11:51 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Judge Grants Prosecutor Control Of Police Shooting Video; Effectively Blocks Release

Superior Court District Judge Richard Boner signed an order to block the release the dash cam video.
Tasnim Shamma

A judge on Thursday effectively prohibited CMPD from releasing dash-cam video footage from the death of an unarmed man who was fatally shot 10 times by a police officer.


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Crime
9:29 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Police Arrest 15 As Part Of 'Operation Heartbreak Hotels'

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins speaking at a press conference at CMPD's North Tryon Division.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

 Federal and local law enforcement officers have been working to cut down on the number of drug transactions taking place at hotels along the I-85 and Sugar Creek corridor. After a four-month investigation, police arrested fifteen people this morning and charged them with possession of drugs and firearms. 

It was déjà vu for the Sugar Creek neighborhood. In February of 2012, CMPD arrested nine people on drug, gun and robbery charges. Crime went down briefly says U.S. attorney Anne Tompkins.  

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Crime
12:45 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Fiancee Of Shooting Victim Ferrell Wants CMPD To Release Dash-Cam Video

Caché Heidel, the fiancée of Jonathan Ferrell, standing next to family attorney Christopher Chestnut, told reporters that she believes the dash-cam video would show that Ferrell's death was unjustified.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The fiancée of Jonathan Ferrell, the unarmed 24-year-old man killed by a police officer last month, wants the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to release a dash-cam video of the incident in which he was shot 10 times.

But CMPD says the decision to release the video is no longer theirs.

Caché Heidel spoke softly, looked uncomfortable and made clear that she did not want to be at the Ritz-Carlton uptown as reporters waited for her to speak.

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Public Safety
4:59 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Court Rules Hidden Valley Kings Gang Members Can't Mingle

Wendell McCain's father holds up court papers and says his son, a defendant in the case (in red), is not part of the Hidden Valley Kings and was never part of the gang. To the right of McCain is Cordell Blair, another named defendant in the case.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Mecklenburg County is the first in North Carolina to invoke a new law that allows police departments to prevent gang members from associating with each other in public or being near someone who is carrying drugs or guns.

A judge Thursday morning granted CMPD's request for a civil injunction against a north Charlotte gang called the Hidden Valley Kings.


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Crime
4:51 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

CMPD Offers More User-Friendly Crime Monitoring

A map shows the number of crimes in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area over the past week.
Credit CrimeMapping.com

Earlier this week, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department launched a new crime-mapping system. It's much easier to use, updated more frequently and you can even pull it up on your smartphone.  


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Local News
9:41 am
Thu January 31, 2013

CMPD Set To Expand Reach Of Surveillance Network

CMPD's Video Observation Room.
Credit Ben Bradford/WFAE

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department has more than a hundred new security cameras Uptown. They were purchased through a federal grant for the Democratic National Convention. Nearly five months later, they’re still in place. But CMPD says they could be put to better use in high-crime areas.

CMPD’s Video Observation Room is a little bit sci-fi.

“This is about as good as it gets,” says Captain Steve Willis.

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Crime
4:55 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Charlotte Sees Spike In Violent Crime, Decrease In Burglaries

The Freedom Division recorded the largest crime reduction of all 13 CMPD divisions in 2012 with a 3.5% decrease.
Tasnim Shamma

It was a busy year for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.  The city's crime rate increased by nearly three percent – in large part because of jumps in robberies and domestic violence. But there was some good news in the numbers released Wednesday. 

First there was a significant decrease in burglaries. For example, west Charlotte saw a 20 percent decrease in residential burglaries compared to 2011. Captain Greg Collins credits its partnership with the community and new technology for helping bring that down.

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Local News
8:47 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Expanding Police Camera Network Stirs Concern

CMPD's command center in uptown Charlotte.
John D. Simmons Charlotte Observer

If you’ve attended a Carolina Panthers game or run in an uptown 5K recently, there’s a good chance images of you were captured by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police cameras and stored on department servers.

After beefing up their camera network in advance of September’s Democratic National Convention, police now have access to more than 500 surveillance cameras perched on traffic lights, mounted on buildings and focused on sensitive areas across the city.

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Local News
12:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Gunshot Trackers Activated

A new gunshot tracking system installed in the city by the CMPD went live Monday. The department is hoping this technology helps it respond faster and more accurately to shootings.

The system is called ShotSpotter, and it uses small antennae, these acoustic sensors, that activate as soon as a gunshot is detected. The sensors then triangulate to give a precise location of the gunfire. The CMPD dispatch center is alerted anytime that happens.

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