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Local News
10:01 am
Tue May 14, 2013

CMPD Expands Gunshot Detection System

Charlotte police are rapidly expanding their use of technology to detect and locate gunshots in real-time.

The "ShotSpotter" system debuted in Uptown Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention and was expanded to the Grier Heights community in March. It uses a system of microphones to detect gunfire and notify police.

On Monday night, the Charlotte City Council approved $140,000 to extend CMPD's contract with ShotSpotter in the Central District and install it in another neighborhood struggling with violent crime: Albemarle Road and Farm Pond Road.  

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Local News
9:41 am
Tue April 2, 2013

CMPD Citizens Review Board Now Under Review

Citizens and civil rights advocates call on the Charlotte City Council to give the Citizens Review Board more power.
Julie Rose

A board established to review citizen complaints against Charlotte police is now under review itself by the city council. 


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Local News
3:18 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Security Shift Feeds Tension Between City/Airport

Credit Nicola since 1972 / Flickr

The current debate over creating a regional authority to oversee the Charlotte airport has made for frosty relations between city officials, who oppose the move,  and Aviation Director Jerry Orr, who is for it.

But internal emails show things have been tense for some time. WFAE's Julie Rose has gone through some 400 pages of emails and documents related to the city manager's decision last year to put CMPD in charge of airport security. She spoke with Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen:

MCFADYEN: How was security (at the airport) being handled before that decision?

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Local News
4:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Foxx Wants To Know If CMPD Gun Purchases Aid Gun Lobby

Mayor Anthony Foxx

  Mayor Anthony Foxx says he's met twice recently with Vice President Joe Biden on the topic of gun control and this he week signed a letter with other mayors supporting tougher firearms laws. But Foxx also wonders if the city may be inadvertently helping to fund the push against gun control. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

Mayor Foxx this week asked the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for details about where it gets its firearms and bullets. The lobby against new gun laws is "pretty effective in Washington" says Foxx.

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Local News
9:29 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Behind-The-Scenes Details Emerge Of Police Work During DNC

CMPD Deputy Chief Harold Medlock monitors operations in Uptown Charlotte during the DNC
Julie Rose

Some behind-the-scenes details of police operations during the Democratic National Convention are coming to light. 

The $50 million federal grant Charlotte got for DNC security included a requirement that outside consultants monitor CMPD's efforts and prepare a report. Deputy Chief Harold Medlock says the report praises CMPD's coordination and communication with protest groups, including Chief Rodney Monroe's constant presence on the street during demonstrations. 

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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
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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