Charlotte City Council approves contract for Police Foundation consulting services

Ken Brown

CHARLOTTE, NC (Nov. 14, 2016) — Charlotte City Council voted Monday to approve a contract in the amount of $379,504 with the Police Foundation for consulting services to review the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s (CMPD) policies, procedures and its work in the aftermath of the Sept. 20, officer involved shooting.

The Police Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, will conduct an independent assessment of CMPD that will include input from a diverse group of community members to develop recommendations and communication strategies. Studies, assessments and training are based on science, facts and data, leading to evidenced-based approaches that are unique among most other law enforcement professional organizations and associations.

The scope of work will include the following three phases:

Phase 1: Develop a Community Advisory Board of key Charlotte stakeholders to include government, business and community leaders.

Phase 2: Organize structured listening sessions with members and leaders of the community in conjunction with CMPD, city leaders and advisory board members.

Phase 3: Review CMPD’s response to protests and demonstrations with a focus on rebuilding relationships between the community and the police.

CMPD will implement short and long term strategies based on the recommendations from the Police Foundation, best practices outlined in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and concerns shared by community groups.

Other Council Items

North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) projects update
During dinner briefing, NCDOT detailed several of its projects under construction and in development in the Charlotte area. I-77 Mobility Partners provided updates regarding the I-77 Express Lanes, and NCDOT reviewed projects impacting Independence Boulevard, I-485, the Piedmont Improvement Program for railway projects and the Sugar Creek Road grade separation.

Proposed 2017-2018 federal and state legislative agendas
City staff briefed council on the status of the city’s 2016 federal legislative agenda, and presented a list of council’s policy priorities to go before the US Congress and North Carolina General Assembly during the 2017-2018 sessions. These priorities include work to commission a new airport control tower, securing federal resources for the 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan, identifying and securing federal resources for the development of the North End Smart District, building a federal Doppler weather radar facility to meet the public safety needs of the region, amending the Charlotte Firefighters’ Retirement System Act as required by the Internal Revenue Service, working with the General Assembly and Administration to safeguard local sales tax and other local revenues and continue working with the General Assembly and Administration in support of the data-driven Strategic Transportation Investments program for prioritization of transportation funding.

The next sessions of the US Congress and North Carolina General Assembly start in January 2017.

Midtown/Pearl Park redevelopment project
Council voted in favor of the Economic Development and Global Competitiveness Committee recommendation to approve the property transactions and the Infrastructure Reimbursement Agreement with Pappas Properties for the Midtown/Pearl Park redevelopment.

Pappas Properties has proposed to redevelop a portion of property with street level retail, office, housing, and a hotel that promotes the pedestrian oriented, urban environment described for the area by the Midtown-Morehead-Cherry Area Plan. Once complete, the area will serve as an important link for cyclists to connect between the Irwin and Little Sugar Creek greenways.

Awards and recognitions

  • Mayor Roberts recognized organizations undertaking efforts to improve the quality of life in Charlotte.
  • Mayor Roberts read a proclamation recognizing November 2016 as Homelessness Awareness Month.
  • Council member Gregg Phipps read a proclamation recognizing Dec. 9, 2016, as One City in Love; A Day of Healing and Reconciliation in Charlotte.