CMPD Sees Drop In Crime In First Quarter of 2014

Apr 25, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

CMPD saw crime drop in almost all of the major categories for the first quarter of this year including violent crime and robberies compared to the same period last year.

At a press conference in East Charlotte, CMPD also credited a new team of officers for a decrease in deaths related to drunk driving.

CMPD's DNC Spending Details Revealed

Jun 12, 2013
Julie Rose

The DNC seems a distant memory, but we're just now getting details of how Charlotte police spent a $50 million grant federal grant for convention security. And, the Department of Justice has released an analysis of CMPD's work during the DNC, which it recommends future convention cities study closely.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has dropped chain-link fences from its security plan.  Tuesday night, the school board approved a revised plan that totals  $20 million.  It includes adding 4,000 cameras to schools, installing buzzer systems with intercoms on doors, giving schools software that can do instant background checks, and creating IDs for all students and staff.  CMS had to pare its original plan down after Mecklenburg County said it would delay other construction projects.  County commissioners still have to give the district the go ahead to use the bond money. 

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. 

Julie Rose

The Transportation Security Administration has long been criticized for reacting to threats, rather than proactively preventing them: Someone tries sneak a liquid bomb onto a plane, so TSA limits the amount of liquid travelers can carry on.  A guy disguises a bomb in his underwear so TSA installs bodyscanners at airports.  But yesterday, the head of TSA was in Charlotte pitching a more targeted approach to airport screening. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

Lisa Miller

School leaders in the Charlotte area are taking a closer look at security procedures following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 

At a press conference Monday afternoon, CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison said the shootings prompted the district to ask “tough questions.” For example, what would the response have been if the shooting happened in a CMS school?