Safe Charlotte

SAFE Charlotte

Safety is essential to achieving a high quality of life. The City of Charlotte’s role in community safety is to develop public safety-related policies and crime prevention strategies. The city also works to hold itself accountable for ensuring these efforts reach all residents without bias.

Below are some of the key initiatives the city has recently launched or expanded to help create a Safe Charlotte.

Community Violence Reduction Dashboard

The city has adopted a public health approach to reduce violence in Charlotte. The strategy, which prioritizes preventative measures to address violent crime, relies on research and data, agency partnerships and community grassroots support.

City staff will update the dashboard monthly with violent crime statistics. Partner agencies will provide information on other factors that impact violent crime including poverty, education, and employment.

Jumpstart Safety Micro-Grants

The program provides up to $2,500 per project for work in the areas of crime fighting and prevention, conflict mediation, family stability, addressing racial segregation and creating opportunities for Charlotte youth and their parents.

8 Can't Wait Compliance

In September, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) officially adopted and implemented the eight polices. CMPD is one of 10 police departments in the United States to enact all eight polices.

Community Input Group

The Charlotte City Council Safe Communities Committee reviews and recommends policies to make neighborhoods safe. The committee's purview covers community policing, fire protection and reducing environmental hazards.

One of the committee’s core functions is to ensure that policy recommendations meet the needs of the community. To support this effort, the committee has enlisted the help of the Citizens Input Group. The group consists of community activists and local stakeholders who have experience in race relations work and law enforcement.

Since July 2020, the group has joined each virtual committee meeting to share insight and community feedback on policing.

Crime Stoppers

Charlotte’s local Crime Stoppers unit offers residents a safe alternative to report crime in the area. Residents can anonymously report information online, though email, by phone or text. The program pays tipsters for information leading to an arrest.

By offering cash rewards for information leading to indictment or arrests, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.

Community Policing Crisis Response Team (CPCRT)

CMPD has partnered with Crisys, LLC, a mobile crisis team providing intervention services to Mecklenburg County residents experiencing mental health crises. Crisys, LLC will deploy licensed mental health clinicians with officers on calls for service.

When paired with licensed mental health professionals, CMPD officers are better equipped to deescalate encounters with individuals and families suffering from behavioral health crises or substance abuse disorders.

From January to August 2020, the CPCRT completed 370 assessments of individuals, with 78% of those individuals seeing an improvement after intervention services.

Vision Zero

In 2019, the city developed a Vision Zero Action Plan, a traffic safety initiative designed to eliminate traffic-related deaths and severe injuries.

Vision Zero distinguishes itself from traditional road safety approaches by focusing on fatalities and serious injuries, and human error. The plan reinforces the philosophy that road safety is a shared responsibility. The plan is a living document that will be updated as new data becomes available and new strategies are proven to make Charlotte streets safer.

Violence Interruption Program

Cure Violence is working with city staff and community members to identify potential community-based partners and violence interrupters. Community leaders will have opportunities to support the work of violence reduction through existing programming.

I-85/Sugar Creek Design Challenge

The project group will identify short, medium and long-term solutions to reduce crime, and outline the resources needed to bring the plan to action. The team will examine several aspects of safety within the corridor including pedestrian safety housing, crime prevention, land use, and health and well-being.

Challenge participants have held several work sessions since June and will share their work with City Council later this year.