CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - One of 92 National Night Out events took place in West Charlotte, with a round of hoops with CMPD officers. It was a great way for officers and community members to bond and learn more about each other.
It happened after a rather rocky 2016, a year plagued by protests and cries for policy changes at the police department..
"All of us want safe neighborhoods," said Rickey Hall.
Hall was born and raised in West Charlotte. He commends CMPD for their efforts, that he feels reach far beyond just one night of basketball.
"They meet one on one with neighborhoods and residents as a way to build one one one relationships and building bonds of trust," said Hall.
For the officers on the streets of the Queen City, overall crime is down, but violent crime is on the rise with 52 homicides this year.
"The issues we are seeing a lot of times is conflict resolution. We see young people going to violence instead of having conversations. I think part of that is because they don't know eachother," said Major Diego Anselmo from CMPD.
One of the young victims this year was 18-year-old Tyshaud Brown. Brown was a West Mecklenburg High School student, found shot to death in March behind Allenbrook Elementary School.
His death, hit the school community hard. CMS continues to work with CMPD in hopes of keeping students safe.
"We want our students to feel safe and we don't want them to feel threatened by the law enforcement. I think they need to know they have a positive impact on our community," said Tangela Solomon from Reid Park Academy.
CMPD says they will continue community relations beyond National Night Out, including hosting more community events like Transparency Workshops.