May 2019 Archives - Hood Hargett Breakfast Club

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s community relations efforts

Chief Kerr Putney

Hood Hargett Breakfast Club was honored to host a panel in May to discuss the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s community relations efforts. The panel included Chief Kerr Putney; Willie Ratchford, executive director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee; and the founder of Step Up To Leadership, Arkevious Armstrong. In addition, to spur conversation at individual tables, the Club hosted multiple officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The panel discussed multiple issues, including perceptions of CMPD, the role of the media in that perception, and how the community can better engage with the police. All of the panelists highlighted the fundamental truth that the key to positive interactions between police and local communities is to foster meaningful relationships between the two. The panel encouraged Club members and the community to engage with CMPD via social media (links are at the bottom of this article), to participate in ridealongs and other CMPD community programs (, to teach children the important role of the police, to hold media accountable for balanced coverage, and to encourage conversation within personal and professional networks.

The Club is grateful for the service of all CMPD officers, and appreciate the time and commitment of the panelists.

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Gary McCord entertains the HHBC

In May Hood Hargett Breakfast Club welcomed storyteller extraordinaire, not to mention professional golfer, CBS Sports commentator and author, Gary McCord to our flagship event at Carmel Country Club. Gary kicked off his comments by noting that PGA players love coming to Charlotte because it is a sports town, and its citizens love golf so much. A nice compliment that got quick a round of applause! Gary regaled Club members and their guests with many stories, including his start in broadcasting and his participation in the movie Tin Cup. His most entertaining tale was in response to an audience question about the most amazing shot he’d ever seen. Surprisingly, it was one of his own, and it was a story that included gin, a glass door and a pelican. Gary ended his presentation when asked about his favorite up and coming players. He named several, including Sam Burrows, and noted that domination in golf today is pure distance. The Club thoroughly enjoyed Gary’s visit, and many members enjoyed the Wachovia Championship after the program.