Community Violence Reduction Dashboard

Jumpstart Safety Micro-Grants

8 Can't Wait Compliance

Community Input Group

Community Policing Crisis Response Team (CPCRT)

Vision Zero

Violence Interruption Program

I-85/Sugar Creek Design Challenge

​Safety and Accountability For Everyone


Safety is essential to achieving a high quality of life, and our role in community safety is to create and administer public safety-related policies and crime prevention strategies. We also work to ensure that these efforts reach all areas of the city without bias.

For the past several months, the Charlotte City Council, staff and community leaders have worked together to review the city services that can create a safer Charlotte for all residents.


Support

safe, healthy and inclusive neighborhoods; including policing, fire protection, & the environment

Build

affordable housing and provide opportunities that align with creating great neighborhoods

Implement

a comprehensive mobility network and advance strategies to create a livable connected City that embodies our environmental sustainability & resiliency goals

Create

a thriving economic climate where businesses are connected to highly skilled talent and technologies

​SAFE Charlotte Recommendations


  1. Provide $1 million from the city’s current budget to help Charlotte based non-profits address violence in the community.

  2. Work with an external partner to develop a comprehensive recommendation to convert low-risk sworn duties to non-uniform units.

  3. Work with an external partner to provide an independent analysis to include areas such as police-civilian contact and police calls and responses.

  4. Expand Community Policing Crisis Response Team (CPCRT) and develop a non-sworn officer responder model for mental health and homeless calls.

  5. Engage a university or independent organization to evaluate selected youth programs on an annual basis.

  6. Enhance recruitment efforts and develop a program to provide additional residency incentives to officers living in priority areas, including a down payment incentive.

​An all-in approach to community safety


The six recommendations are the latest measures in a long-staging effort to improve community safety. Over the past few years, the city has adopted several strategies to improve police/community relations, reduce violent crime and create opportunities for social mobility.

The SAFE Charlotte Report covers details related to each recommendation and data on other community safety initiatives.

​8 Can't Wait Compliance


In June 2020, in response to the killing of George Floyd, Campaign Zero launched 8 Can't Wait, database tracking eight use-of-force polices in major cities across the county. According to research conducted by Campaign Zero, enacting more restrictive use-of-force policies can reduce killings by police and save lives.

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 & 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.

  • The city livestreams each committee meeting on Facebook and YouTube. Learn more about the work of the Safe Communities Committee, Community Input Group members and review materials from past meetings.

​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.

During the first quarter of 2020, the Crime Stoppers program received 684 tips resulting in 54 cleared cases. The program awarded tipsters almost $7,000 for their reports. Read the full 2020 First Quarter Crime Stoppers report.