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One of the primary cornerstones of our mission at CMPD is the exceptional partnership we share with members of our community. This partnership is based upon decades of trust and is best demonstrated by continuing to foster open lines of communication and transparency.

It is within that rich history and tradition that I am proud to announce the creation of our open source data page. This information source is a step forward in how we share information with the public pertaining to Officer Involved Shooting incidents (OIS) and Traffic Stop data. We will only release information permitted by law.*

We are an organization composed of human beings from and within our community. We have a shared interest and a common goal of being able to find new ways in which to communicate. This platform, which originated from President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, provides us an opportunity to do just that. I hope you find it informative and user friendly as we seek to enhance our accountability and transparency to the citizens in which we serve.
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Kerr Putney​
Chief of Police​​

* All information released on this Open Data portal is pursuant to North Carolina’s Release of Public Information laws, N.C.G.S. 132-1.4 & N.C.G.S. 160A-168.
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map of Officer Involved Shootings
Why We Post Officer Involved Shooting Information?
We post Officer Involved Shootings in an effort to create greater transparency of the actions of our employees. It is important to us that members of the community are informed whenever an officer discharges his/her firearm at a person and whether the shooting follows department policies and procedures. We believe that your trust and confidence in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will increase as you understand what our officers encounter and how we hold them accountable for their actions. The CMPD is continuously reviewing and improving our practices to reduce the likelihood of deadly force incidents.

What is An Officer Involved Shooting?
An Officer Involved Shooting is the discharge of a firearm, whether accidental or intentional, by a police officer, whether on or off duty. For the purposes of this posting, an OIS will only refer to the instances in which an officer discharged a firearm at a person.

Here are the raw data sets for 3 particular focal points of information: ​

CMPD’s Policy on the Use of Force
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department recognizes and respects the integrity and paramount value of human life. Consistent with this primary value is the Department’s full commitment to only use force when it is reasonably necessary. In determining whether force is reasonably necessary, it must be taken into full consideration that officers may be forced to make split-second judgments in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving about the amount of force necessary in a particular situation.
Follow this link for more information on CMPD policies and procedures related to Uses of Force.

​​​​​​​​Summaries of ​​Officer-Involved Shootings​​
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Officer Traffic Stops<div class="ExternalClass2F7F873C668E44CDBD85479F8726651D"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;">CMPD conducts an average of 120,000 traffic stops per year. Under North Carolina state law (G.S. 143B-902-903), the CMPD as well as other law enforcement agencies in the state are required to collect information on all traffic stops, the reason for the stop, and the type of enforcement action taken. Information on the driver’s sex, race, ethnicity, and age is collected, compil​ed, and reported to the NC Department of Justice. Information on whether the driver or passenger(s) were searched is also collected.  <a href="">Follow this link to more information on traffic stops made in NC.</a>​<br><br>For a summary of the Officer Traffic Stops by demographics within the division, <a title="view the Stop Stats for the quarter" href="/CMPD/Documents/Resources/Qtr1_StopStats.pdf">​​view the attached pdf.</a><br><br>​CMPD is committed to deploying traffic officers to areas where we experience high crime and victimization. Our focus is also in the geographical areas where concerns are reported by community members. We as a police department have a responsibility to those communities, to address their concerns and take appropriate enforcement action in an effort to keep their neighborhoods safe. Additionally, we are not only reacting to crime but proactively engaging in strategies that are intended to prevent criminal activity from occurring by placing officers in areas with a greater statistical history of crime. <br> <br>For a listing of all CMPD Traffic Stops, <a title="City of Charlotte Open Data Portal" href="">access the City of Charlotte Open Data Portal</a><br><br> </div></div>
Employee Demographics<div class="ExternalClass7A0705EA4BF24FB391CE2429BCECDABE"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;">CMPD is the largest metropolitan police department between Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC. The department consists of over 1,850 sworn and 400 non-sworn personnel committed to providing the best services possible to the residents and guests of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. We believe the department should be reflective demographically of the community we serve. We are continually striving to achieve this through recruiting efforts. For more information on our recruiting efforts, <a href="/CMPD/Organization/Pages/OfcoftheChief/TrainingAcademy.aspx" title="visit our Training Academy page">​visit our Training Academy page</a>.​<br><br>For the raw data on our demographics, <a href="" title="visit the Open Charlotte data portal" target="_blank">visit the Open Charlotte portal for the dataset</a>. </div></div>
Juvenile Diversion<div class="ExternalClassDCE67908110D45F6975FF65B90FB9D3F"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;">The CMPD Diversion Program offers first time offenders ages 6 to 17 an opportunity to have their cases diverted from the Juvenile Justice system while maintaining accountability for delinquent acts and providing appropriate supports to redirect behavior. Youth referred to the program are assessed and assigned to an appropriate workshop consisting of 8 hours of interpersonal skills building accompanied by a parent or guardian while the youth can have weekly contacts with their School Resource Officer. The goal is for youth to improve personal decision-making skills and empower the families through education, direction, and guidance. <br> <br> The CMPD Diversion Program helps reduce the use of formal processing and incarceration, improve public safety, avoid wasteful spending, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and limit the collateral consequences youth encounter through exposure to the juvenile justice system.​ For more information about our diversion services, visit the <a href="/CMPD/Organization/Pages/SupportSvcs/YouthEngagement.aspx" title="Youth Engagement program">the Youth Engagement page</a>. To extract the raw data on our diversion program for public use, please visit <a href="" title="City of Charlotte Open Portal" target="_blank">​the City's Open Data portal feed</a>. <br> <br> </div></div>
CMPD Community Event Calendar<div class="ExternalClassAAE107B516874E448361D33DADB00ACF"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> CMPD believes the community and its stakeholders should have the greatest voice in issues concerning their neighborhoods. Community meetings and safety forums are the perfect venue to present these issues. It is also an opportunity for CMPD officers to engage in conversation with those they serve and provide feedback on crime and quality of life concerns. This calendar will keep residents informed on events in their neighborhoods. <br><br><a href="/newsroom/releases/Pages/CommunityEvent_Calendar.aspx" title="Current Community Event Calendar">​Current Event Calendar</a>​<br><br>​<a href="" title="Current Event Calendar in Raw Data for Public">Current Event Calendar - Raw Data for Public Use</a><br><br>​​</div></div>

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