Surveillance

Crime
12:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Council Approves Purchase Of Body Cameras For CMPD Officers

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters in uptown Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

 Charlotte police officers will be adding another piece of equipment to their uniforms: body cameras.

Charlotte city council members voted to allow CMPD to purchase new body cameras for some of its officers.


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Crime
9:15 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Charlotte Sees Overall Drop In Crime In 2013

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe says he believes the 2013 end of year crime statistics represented good news for the city.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe delivered the end of year crime statistics on Wednesday. Overall, the number of crimes dropped by 5.5 percent in 2013.

The number of burglaries and stolen vehicles reported decreased, but homicides and rapes increased.


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Local News
9:41 am
Thu January 31, 2013

CMPD Set To Expand Reach Of Surveillance Network

CMPD's Video Observation Room.
Credit Ben Bradford/WFAE

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department has more than a hundred new security cameras Uptown. They were purchased through a federal grant for the Democratic National Convention. Nearly five months later, they’re still in place. But CMPD says they could be put to better use in high-crime areas.

CMPD’s Video Observation Room is a little bit sci-fi.

“This is about as good as it gets,” says Captain Steve Willis.

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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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