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Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says he's struggling to recruit Latinos and other Spanish-speaking officers, as the city's Hispanic community grows. It’s now about 13 percent of the population, but only about 6 percent of CMPD’s 1,900 officers are Latino.

Chief Putney Addresses Increase In Homicides

Jun 21, 2017
Crystal Hogue / WFAE

The number of homicides in Charlotte stands at 46 after three more occurred Tuesday night. This is more than double the number of homicides at this time last year. CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney says at least 34 of the victims knew their killers. As a result CMPD is launching conflict resolution mediation forums.

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Updated 11:30 a.m.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are investigating three more homicides, which happened about a half-hour apart Tuesday night.

Charlotte City Council members discussed the budget before passing it Monday night.
City of Charlotte

The Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt the city's $2.4 billion budget for 2017-18. The plan increases some fees, but not property taxes; adds police officers and firefighters; and includes raises for city employees. 

A CMPD helicopter like this one was involved in Wednesday's near miss with a drone.

CMPD is trying to find the operator of a drone that nearly collided with one of its helicopters near BB&T Ballpark Wednesday night.

CMPD To Expand Victim Services Program

Jun 7, 2017
Erin Wygant / WFAE

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is extending its Victim Services program to include families who have lost loved ones to traffic related deaths.

YMCA And CMPD Prevent Crime With Summer Program

Jun 5, 2017
Crystal Hogue / WFAE

Crime often spikes in the summer. The YMCA and CMPD are trying to prevent teenagers from being swept up in criminal activity with a new summer program.

Police Make Arrest In Uptown Sexual Assault

Jun 1, 2017
Jane Wester / Charlotte Observer

Police arrested a 19 year-old man they say robbed and sexually assaulted a couple in uptown Charlotte early Thursday morning. The couple was walking back to their hotel around 2 a.m. when police say Tevin Williams approached them by the convention center holding a gun. 

Three CMS schools were placed on lockdown for more than six hours as police investigated a shooting near the Quail Corners Shopping Center that occurred around 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

CMPD To Start Foot Patrols In Plaza Midwood, NoDa

May 31, 2017
Central Avenue in the Plaza Midwood business district.
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

CMPD is starting regular foot patrols in Plaza Midwood and NoDa. As many as five officers will walk the neighborhoods from 6 p.m.-4 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Lieutenant Luke Sell says he thinks having officers on foot will deter crime and put people at ease.

“It’ll be the same officers each and every night. Which will give an opportunity to build great relationships within the community. Those officers are here to handle calls for service, to answer questions, just to be a general presence in the area.” said Sell.