Officers Honored at the 44th Annual Police-Community Relations Awards

Published on May 16, 2024

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 16, 2024) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) officers were celebrated tonight at the 44th annual Police-Community Relations Awards. Ten officers received special recognition at the awards ceremony.

The 2024 winners are:

  • Captain Joan Gallant, Quality Assurance Division.
  • Officer Doug Gallant Jr., North Tryon Division.
  • Officer Rafael Garcia, Freedom Division.
  • Officer Jody Harkey, Aviation Unit.
  • Officer Amanda Huffman, University City Division.
  • Officer Jason Humphreys, Hickory Grove Division.
  • Sergeant Jeffrey Joseph, Central Division.
  • Officer GF Ritter Jr., Hickory Grove Division.
  • Officer Marcus Thompson, North Tryon Division.
  • Officer Daniel Youngblood, ABC Unit.

The awards recognize officers and work teams from CMPD who are building positive, problem-solving relationships with individual residents and neighborhood groups. Their contributions have meaningful impacts on lives across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

Officers were nominated by community members, and winners were selected by a group made up of members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee. Two youth were also honored during the ceremony for their engagement and successful participation in CMPD programs designed to help youth thrive.

The awards ceremony is an annual feature of National Police Week, which in 2024 takes place May 12-18.