CMPD implemented the use of Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) in April 2015 with rollout in September 2015 to assist in monitoring emergencies, identifying training and policy deficiencies, and to promote trust, transparency and accountability. CMPD considered best practice policies from other law enforcement agencies and input from the American Civil Liberties Union and Police Executive Research Forum in the development of a BWC policy.
- In addition to BWC worn by officers assigned to patrol duties, the CMPD issued BWC to officers for off-duty employment, tactical officers (SWAT and VCAT) and expanded the issuance to all sworn employees below the rank of deputy chief in June 2017. To maintain the confidentiality of minors, school resource officers will not wear a BWC, and to maintain the integrity of operations and to avoid jeopardizing the safety of officers, covert undercover officers will not wear a BWC.
On Dec 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing to make recommendations on the delivery of policing services. The report, issued on May 18, 2015, consists of 59 recommendations organized around six pillars.
- After the September 2016 officer-involved shooting, various activist groups provided CMPD with a list of demands to enhance police-community relations. CMPD incorporated many of those demands into the recommendations made by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing under the associated pillars to include action items where needed.
In 2016, the City of Charlotte invited the Police Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-membership driven organization, to facilitate community dialogue and to review its policies, procedures and response to civil disorder incidents.
- The assessment included on-site data collection, resource material review and off-site data collection and research.
- CMPD continues to work diligently to improve safety, trust and accountability.
- The Police Foundation’s assessment team found that during the demonstrations, CMPD acted appropriately and in line with its policies and procedures.
- CMPD displayed professionalism and restraint as it endeavored to balance First Amendment rights of the protesters against the safety of the community and its officers, according to the Police Foundation’s findings.
- The Police Foundation also identified areas in which CMPD could improve its policies, practices and operations to strengthen the department’s relationship with the community it serves through 35 recommendations.