CMPD Chief Jennings Announces Community & Police Collaboration Group
Published on November 28, 2023
Charlotte, N.C. – (Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023) – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings announced today that he has been working with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations to organize a Community and Police Collaboration Group who will collectively review certain CMPD policies and provide the organization with recommendations for consideration.
"I feel that there is a need to form a Community and Police Collaboration Group who will mutually make recommendations for potential policy changes,” said CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings. “Members of this group have been identified and are being contacted to gauge interest. We have a goal of having constructive conversations regarding policies that include Response to Resistance, police-citizen encounters and more.”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations will spearhead and facilitate a series of meetings to foster ongoing collaboration and open dialogue among a diverse group of stakeholders.
“Community perspectives are crucial in policy review and implementation,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Deputy Director Terry Bradley. “Through the work of this group, we have an opportunity to build better understanding and strengthen the community-law enforcement relationship.”
Commencing in December, these meetings will bring together faith-based leaders, community leaders and organizers representing various entities including the Citizens Review Board, the Community Relations Committee, the NAACP, Action NC, clergy members and the Latin American Coalition. The objective of these gatherings is to culminate in June 2024 with the presentation of policy recommendations to the CMPD.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, www.cmpd.org and www.JoinCMPD.com, is a progressive, technology-driven, metropolitan department that believes strongly in the principles of crime management, community collaboration, professional accountability and employee wellness. The department employs more than 1,900 sworn officers, 500 civilian employees and 500 volunteers. If the public has information about a crime, anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.