CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - 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.