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News for the Month of May 2012
May 31, 2012
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics 2012
 
Torch Run Balloon Release
 
All the men and women of CMPD would like to thank everyone for supporting Special Olympics NC and making a positive difference in the lives of over 38,000 wonderful athletes year round. The 2012 Torch Run had a lot of first time torch runners, as well as support from Charlotte Fire Department and their Pink Lady fire engine in a “show and go” with us.
 
 

May 21, 2012
See Something, Say Something Campaign
 
On Monday, May 21, 2012, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and other local and federal agencies joined together to launch the Charlotte-Mecklenburg “See Something Say Something” campaign to maintain public safety.  Here’s how the campaign works:

  • We as a police agency need the help of our community by being our eyes and ears not only during large events but each and every day.  We solve and prevent crime daily because of citizen involvement.
  • Everyone has a stake in public safety, if something doesn’t feel or seem right, we ask you to call 9-11to report the suspicious activity. If you are not sure if you should make the call, please make the call.  It’s better to err on the side of caution and have us come and investigate the situation.
  • It is critical to note that suspicious activity refers to Behavior and not to the people themselves.  Race and national origin are not considered suspicious activity.  It’s actually seeing an act or something that appears suspicious to you.
  • As a city we could not be prouder to be a part of this great program and as a Police Agency we are counting on you to “See Something and Say Something” by calling 911.
 
History of the campaign:
In July 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at Secretary Janet Napolitano's direction, launched a national "If You See Something, Say Something™" public awareness campaign –a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities. The campaign was originally used by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which has licensed the use of the slogan to DHS for anti-terrorism and anti-crime efforts.
 
A critical element of the DHS mission is ensuring that the civil rights and civil liberties of persons are not diminished by our security efforts, activities, and programs. Consequently, the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign respects civil rights or civil liberties by emphasizing behavior, rather than appearance, in identifying suspicious activity.
 
Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity. Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners.
 
The "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign is being launched in conjunction with the rollout of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) (PDF, 2 pages - 545 KB). The NSI is an administration-wide effort to develop, evaluate, and implement common processes and policies for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing information about terrorism-related suspicious activities. Led by the Department of Justice, the NSI is implemented in partnership with state and local officials across the nation.

Both the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign and the NSI underscore the concept that homeland security begins with hometown security, where an alert public plays a critical role in keeping our nation safe.
 
  
 
 
May 10, 2012
City of Charlotte to Receive Justice Assistance Grant

The City of Charlotte will receive $529,135 in funds from the United States Department of Justice under its Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.  The funds are to be used for law enforcement purposes.
The City is required to share a portion of the funds with Mecklenburg County so 25% of the funds ($132,284) will be given to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. 
The remaining $396,851 will go to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department which plans to use the funds for three purposes:

–        Overtime for problem solving activities in the patrol divisions
–        Salaries for staff for the Police Activities League’s after school and summer camp programs
–        Salaries for 11 police cadet positions

The public has a 30 day opportunity to comment on the proposed use of the funds prior to the application being finalized.  Comments or questions may be directed to Darrellyn Kiser at dkiser@cmpd.org

 
 
 
May 8, 2012
Police Week - Monday May 14-19, 2012
 
Mecklenburg County FOP-A  Auxiliary - Candlelight Vigil  Friday May 4, 2012 7:30pm - Sharon Memorial Park
 
North Carolina State Peace Officers Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday May 8th at 1100 hours at Pinedale Christian Church in Winston-Salem, NC
 
Bike to DC depart from CMPD HQ at 0900 on Wed May 9 - 100 cyclists and support from 18 agencies in 5 states and DC ride 500 miles to Washington DC for Candlelight Vigil.
CMPD Awards Ceremony – Wednesday May 16, 2012 10:00am Police – Fire Training Academy
 
Community Relations Committee - Police Community Relations Awards – Thursday May 17, 2012  7:00pm - Palmer Building 7th Street
 
Mecklenburg County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service – Friday May 18, 2012 10:30am Wreath Laying and Procession to First Baptist Church
 
CMPD Police Memorial Family Day Picnic – Saturday May 19, 2012 12 1pm – Police and Fire Academy