Update on Illegal Street Takeovers & 911 Response Times

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating illegal "street takeovers" that happened between October 28th - 29th.
CMPD Public Affairs
11/2/2022

CMPD Update Regarding Street Takeovers and 911 Calls for Service

Multiple media outlets are reporting that vehicles are shutting down some city streets and intersections doing donuts and what is known as "street takeovers" with delayed or even no CMPD response. This is inaccurate, and CMPD's Public Affairs Office is providing more context along with the facts.

On Oct. 29, at 12:24 a.m., the first 911 call was received into the communications center about these street takeovers at Tyvola and Park Road. The call was relayed to the CMPD's South Patrol Division at 12:28 a.m., and the first unit arrived on scene at 12:38 a.m., within 14 minutes of the original call.

 Upon the officers' arrival, the group of cars that blocked the intersection drove off. Officers did not pursue per CMPD policy.

On Oct. 29, at 11:18 p.m., a call for service came in about a crowd fight at the intersection of Steele Creek Rd. and Westinghouse Blvd. Officers arrived on scene within six minutes where they met hundreds of individuals running and driving erratically. After clearing the intersection, officers spoke with a victim who claimed his vehicle was hit with small blunt objects. No firearms or gunfire were reported. Officers educated the victim on how to deal with large groups like the one he encountered, and then the victim left the scene. An officer took a report for damage to property. One person was cited from this incident with reckless driving.

 CMPD officers continue to investigate these incidents and strive to hold those responsible who break the law. In 2021, CMPD launched a multi-agency investigation over the course of nine months that resulted in 55 indictments, 30 more charged via warrant or citation, and 65 cars seized in June of 2021. The operation totaled 2,500 traffic stops and 3,500 violations. (see here: https://charlottenc.gov/newsroom/cityhighlights/Pages/Curbing-Street-Racing.aspx )

 

More about 911 calls:

Our 911 call center is answering 84% of the calls for service in less than one minute. About 60% of all calls are answered in less than 10 seconds. With 1.2 million calls coming through the center every year, this is an intense volume considering the industry-wide shortage in telecommunicators. CMPD is currently short approximately 40 telecommunicators and has implemented several innovative measures to attract new talent including technology, new hiring practices, new departmental structure and more. Supervisors are considering part-time and light-duty options as well as other compensation incentives to fill vacancies as well. Communications supervisors are also now permitted to work overtime to help fill scheduling gaps.

 

The department's call volume has increased 1-2% year over year.