CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney hosted, along with officers from the department, a police-community transparency workshop.
It’s one of several the chief says is happening this year as an attempt to build positive relationships with the public.
This specific meeting was held at Calvary Church in south Charlotte, where officers focused on how crime relates to that specific area. Officers said this year, there is an overall downward trend in that specific area of crime.
However, it’s just the opposite when talking about homicides in Charlotte.
The chief said one factor contributing to the rise in the number of homicides compared to last year at this point in the calendar year, is due to people not having good conflict-resolution tactics.
Officers tell Fox 46 Charlotte that this year there’s been 74 homicides. This same time last year, there were 47.
The chief plans to hold similar types of forums in all areas of Charlotte.