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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