CMPD

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
5:36 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Police Round Up Family In West Charlotte Drug Bust

Enderly Park is an historic neighborhood in West Charlotte where police broke up a family-run drug business this week.
Credit Historic Enderly Park Facebook page

Charlotte police and federal drug officials on Friday rounded up nine men and the matriarch of a family selling cocaine and marijuana in the Enderly Park neighborhood.  

Enderly Park is an old Charlotte neighborhood of small homes west of Uptown that's become rough over the years as original residents have passed away and their homes have gone up for rent. CMPD Lieutenant Blake Hollar says 70-year-old Mary Falls exploited that trend to move a bunch of relatives onto her block.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

CMPD Warning Sweepstakes Parlors Of New Law

CMPD Attorney Mark Newbold and Deputy Chief Vicki Foster discuss plans to enforce the state ban some sweepstakes games.
Credit Julie Rose

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers are paying personal visits to all "sweepstakes parlors" in the area this week urging proprietors to make sure they're complying with a new ban on the electronic games. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

CMPD Deputy Chief Vicki Foster estimates there are about 100 free-standing sweepstakes parlors in Mecklenburg County. Most shut down about a week ago when a state ban on the games went into effect, but Foster expects many to reopen in the coming days.

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Crime
4:49 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Guns For Gift Cards At Charlotte Church

This year, the New Life Fellowship Center received 93 guns which it turned over to CMPD
Courtesy of John Kee

A Charlotte church invited folks to exchange their guns for gifts over the weekend. The New Life Fellowship Center has been doing that around the holidays for the past six years. This year, the pastor says some of the people turning in their guns had the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut on their minds.

John Kee has been the pastor at New Life Fellowship Center for more than 17 years. He says during his time as pastor of the Double Oaks community, he's learned a lot. Especially about violence in his community.

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Charlotte Observer
10:10 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Want To Monitor Private Cameras

The department is already connected to private cameras at Time Warner Cable Arena, Bank of America Stadium and bank buildings, police leaders said Monday. Police say expanding the network would help them catch more criminals and prevent crimes.
Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte Observer

  In a bid to expand its surveillance network, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police want to connect to private businesses' cameras, which would allow officers to monitor malls, gas stations and banks across the county. 
 Although Police Chief Rodney Monroe did not say how many cameras the department hopes will be linked to its network, the policy change would be an unprecedented expansion since the department started using cameras 12 years ago. 

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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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Crime
4:04 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Police Arrest Five Teens Accused of Fatally Shooting Local Teen

All five teens arrested in the case were charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bond.
CMPD

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested five teenagers early Tuesday morning in the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy in Northeast Mecklenburg County on Sunday night.   

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say that trouble started on Saturday. Five teenagers believed 17-year-old Kydaryune “K.C.” Curry disrespected them in front of a girl.

The Charlotte Observer spoke to Curry’s mother, Benita Turner. She told the Observer the girl was a friend of Curry’s. Curry and a friend were at the girl’s house on Saturday when one of the teens later charged with his murder arrived.

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DNC 2012
1:21 am
Thu September 6, 2012

DNC A Boon For CMPD

CMPD Chief Monroe waves from one of the new UTVs.
Julie Rose

The DNC has been a test of the Charlotte police department's abilities. But it's also been a lucrative opportunity to score some expensive equipment that will stick around long after the delegates and protesters are gone.


There's all kind of debate about whether the DNC be any real boost to Charlotte's image or economy after it ends.


But one DNC benefit that's here to stay was on display earlier this week when a large group of protesters blocked an intersection.  Police used the department's brand new portable PA system to communicate with the crowd.

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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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Local News
4:33 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

ACLU Questions Police Cameras

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office have both recently added cameras that take pictures of license plates. They help catch car thieves and tax evaders, but now the Americans Civil Liberties Union is asking if they’re capturing too much.

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