City Council approves community engagement and diversity education for CMPD

- The Charlotte City Council voted Monday to approve several items that will enhance public safety including community engagement, diversity education and steel-plated body armor vests for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers.

Jennifer P. Davis & Associates, LLC will provide CMPD with consulting services to enrich community engagement and develop diversity education in light of recent national tragic events.

Authorities said the scope of work generates a deeper understanding and awareness of implicit, suppressed, conditioned and unconscious biases for individuals and groups, increases engagement in at-risk and under-resourced communities, increases cultural proficiency and builds relationships with all community members.

Council also approved the purchase of 680 Level III steel-plated body armor vests and 1,315 Level IIIA helmets to protect officers from high-caliber weapons. 

Each CMPD vehicle will be equipped with a Level III steel-plated vest and each officer will have a Level IIIA helmet for situations involving active shooter(s) armed with high-caliber weapons.


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