Message from the Chief
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.
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.
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTINGSWhy 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.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.Officer Involved Shooting Summaries
Map of Officer Involved Shootings
OFFICER TRAFFIC STOPS
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, compiled, and reported to the NC Department of Justice. Information on whether the driver or passenger(s) were searched is also collected. Follow this link to more information on traffic stops made in NC.
For a summary of the Officer Traffic Stops by demographics within the division,
view the attached pdf.
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.
For a listing of all CMPD Traffic Stops,
access the City of Charlotte Open Data Portal