Exit interview: Some parting thoughts from Kerr Putney
The former CMPD chief said true police reform would require greater investments in the lives of Black and Latino youths.
By Glenn Burkins | July 2, 2020
CMPD Chief Kerr Putney to retire July 1
Putney will step down early, citing scaled-back version of GOP convention.
By Kallan Louis | June 23, 2020
What grade would you give Mecklenburg County’s criminal justice system?
Starting this year, the three main crime-fighting branches -- cops, courts and local prosecutors -- will issue themselves a quarterly report card.
By Glenn Burkins | January 13, 2020
Kerr Putney: To reduce crime in Charlotte, invest more in the lives of young people
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief said local nonprofits working to guide the lives of young people need sustained support from Charlotte's public and private sectors.
By Glenn Burkins | November 27, 2019
City announces Kerr Putney’s retirement plan, and it’s complicated
Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones said a permanent replacement will be named after the Republican National Convention.
By Glenn Burkins | October 7, 2019
Sheriff Garry McFadden said he received ‘threats’ after ending jail’s participation with ICE
McFadden, speaking at a community forum, said he ended Mecklenburg jail's cooperation with ICE because the 287(g) program did not enhance public safety.
By Glenn Burkins | December 7, 2018
44 arrested in “coordinated takedown” aimed at violent crimes, guns and drugs
The arrests were part of the federal government’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and involved federal, state and local law enforcement teams.
By Glenn Burkins | February 14, 2018
Looking to reduce crime, CMPD launches outreach effort in Hidden Valley
Unlike efforts that involve increased policing, the Community Empowerment Initiative will seek to help low-income families move toward social and economic stability.
By Paul McFadden Jr. | September 14, 2017
Dissatisfied with media coverage, CMPD launches blog to tell its own story
Melissa Treadaway, who once covered CMPD for the Charlotte Observer and now writes and edits "Beyond the Badge," said the blog will put a human face on the officers in blue.
By Glenn Burkins | May 24, 2017
Charlotte likely to end Extraordinary Events ordinance for large events
If the ordinance is repealed, the CIAA Basketball tournament would no longer be declared an "extraordinary event," a designation that gives police greater authority to search residents.
By Steve Harrison, The Charlotte Observer | February 14, 2017