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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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