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If the ordinance is repealed, the CIAA Basketball tournament would no longer be declared an "extraordinary event," a designation that gives police greater authority to search residents.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