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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer-Involved Shootings

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Police officers are trained to seek voluntary compliance through lawful direction. However, they are sometimes met with circumstances in which a subject’s actions compel them to use force in order to gain compliance. CMPD policy requires officers to report use of force incidents under a broad range of circumstances. Supervisors investigate and document each incident. This video explains CMPD's process of investigating an officer-involved shooting.

Police Officer-Involved Shootings

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer-Involved Shootings

Police officers are trained to seek voluntary compliance through lawful direction. However, they are sometimes met with circumstances in which a subject’s actions compel them to use force in order to gain compliance. CMPD policy requires officers to report use of force incidents under a broad range of circumstances. Supervisors investigate and document each incident.

  • CMPD Officer-Involved Shootings - Incidents
    Why We Post Officer Involved Shooting Information?
    We post Officer Involved Shootings in an effort to create greater transparency of the actions of our employees. It is important to us that members of the community are informed whenever an officer discharges his/her firearm at a person and whether the shooting follows department policies and procedures. We believe that your trust and confidence in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will increase as you understand what our officers encounter and how we hold them accountable for their actions. The CMPD is continuously reviewing and improving our practices to reduce the likelihood of deadly force incidents.

    What is An Officer Involved Shooting?
    An Officer Involved Shooting is the discharge of a firearm, whether accidental or intentional, by a police officer, whether on or off duty. For the purposes of this posting, an OIS will only refer to the instances in which an officer discharged a firearm at a person.

  • CMPD Officer-Involved Shootings –Individuals
    There were 58 individuals involved in 55 officer-involved shootings that occurred during the ten-year period from 2007 to 2016. During this time frame, the number of individuals peaked in 2016 with 12 individuals, followed by the years 2013, 2010, and 2008, each involving 8 individuals. The lowest year was 2009 during which CMPD experienced no officer involved shootings.

    From 2007 to 2016, the majority of individuals (27 out of 58 or 47%) involved in these shootings were black males between the ages of 17 and 33. Of the 58 individuals, 29% (17) suffered a fatal injury, 48% (28) suffered a non-fatal injury, and 22% (13) involved no injury.

  • CMPD Officer-Involved Shootings - Officers
    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department recognizes and respects the integrity and paramount value of human life. Consistent with this primary value is the Department’s full commitment to only use force when it is reasonably necessary. In determining whether force is reasonably necessary, it must be taken into full consideration that officers may be forced to make split-second judgments in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving about the amount of force necessary in a particular situation.

    Follow this link for more information on CMPD policies and procedures related to Uses of Force.(PDF, 12MB)

  • Data Sets
    The following is a complete list of OIS tables posted on the Charlotte Open Data Portal:
    1. Officer Involved Shootings – Incidents: contains INCIDENT_ID (for joining to other OIS tables), year and month recorded, location, district attorney legal review status, descriptive narrative of incident
    2. Officer Involved Shootings – Individuals: contains INCIDENT_ID (for joining to other OIS tables) as well as individual’s race, gender, age, and injury type
    3. Officer Involved Shootings – Officers: contains INCIDENT_ID (for joining to other OIS tables) as well as officer’s race, gender, years of service, and CMPD policy violation status

    Please note that the relationship of the Incidents table to the Individuals table is one-to-many, and the relationship of the Incidents table to the Officers table is one-to-many.

    Access and Use Constraints
    Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information, errors and conditions originating from physical sources used to develop the corporate database may be reflected in the data supplied. Users of this data must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of the information with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to certain data. The City of Charlotte makes no warranty, either expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of any information archived.



Officer Traffic Stops

CMPD conducts an average of 120,000 traffic stops per year. Under North Carolina state law (G.S. 143B-902-903), the CMPD as well as other law enforcement agencies in the state are required to collect information on all traffic stops, the reason for the stop, and the type of enforcement action taken. Information on the driver’s sex, race, ethnicity, and age is collected, compiled, and reported to the NC Department of Justice. Information on whether the driver or passenger(s) were searched is also collected.  Follow this link to more information on traffic stops made in NC.

CMPD is committed to deploying traffic officers to areas where we experience high crime and victimization. Our focus is also in the geographical areas where concerns are reported by community members. We as a police department have a responsibility to those communities, to address their concerns and take appropriate enforcement action in an effort to keep their neighborhoods safe. Additionally, we are not only reacting to crime but proactively engaging in strategies that are intended to prevent criminal activity from occurring by placing officers in areas with a greater statistical history of crime.

For a listing of all CMPD Traffic Stops, access the City of Charlotte Open Data Portal


Employee Demographics

CMPD is the largest metropolitan police department between Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC. The department consists of over 1,850 sworn and 400 non-sworn personnel committed to providing the best services possible to the residents and guests of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. We believe the department should be reflective demographically of the community we serve. We are continually striving to achieve this through recruiting efforts. For more information on our recruiting efforts, visit our Training Academy page.

For the raw data on our demographics, visit the Open Charlotte portal for the dataset.


Juvenile Diversion

The CMPD Diversion Program offers first time offenders ages 6 to 17 an opportunity to have their cases diverted from the Juvenile Justice system while maintaining accountability for delinquent acts and providing appropriate supports to redirect behavior. Youth referred to the program are assessed and assigned to an appropriate workshop consisting of 8 hours of interpersonal skills building accompanied by a parent or guardian while the youth can have weekly contacts with their School Resource Officer. The goal is for youth to improve personal decision-making skills and empower the families through education, direction, and guidance.

The CMPD Diversion Program helps reduce the use of formal processing and incarceration, improve public safety, avoid wasteful spending, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and limit the collateral consequences youth encounter through exposure to the juvenile justice system. For more information about our diversion services, visit the the Youth Engagement page. To extract the raw data on our diversion program for public use, please visit the City's Open Data portal feed.


CMPD Community Event Calendar

CMPD believes the community and its stakeholders should have the greatest voice in issues concerning their neighborhoods. Community meetings and safety forums are the perfect venue to present these issues. It is also an opportunity for CMPD officers to engage in conversation with those they serve and provide feedback on crime and quality of life concerns. This calendar will keep residents informed on events in their neighborhoods.

Current Event Calendar

Current Event Calendar - Raw Data for Public Use


Crime Mapping

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Department Directives and Reports

Department Directives

CMPD Directives & Information

In the spirit of partnership with the community, our goal is to make CMPD as accessible as possible to the people we serve. We are proud of our policies and procedures, and it is our hope this accessibility will benefit other law enforcement agencies, criminal justice research institutions and Charlotte- Mecklenburg residents.

Policies and procedures, referred to as directives, are rules that all CMPD members must follow in carrying out the mission of the department. They provide direction for how an officer should handle different situations that arise. The manual posted on this site is the exact manual distributed to all CMPD employees. When changes are made to our policies they will be included on this site as they are issued.

In police work, like many other professions, it is not possible to anticipate every situation that may arise or to prescribe a specific course of action in each scenario, therefore we expect all employees to exercise common sense and good judgment. 

Employee Rules of Conduct

CMPD Directives & Information




Miscellaneous Documents for the Public

Here are a cache of documents for public use.

Regulated Metal Ban Listing