CMPD Chief Kerr Putney hosting 'Bridge the Difference' event

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney wants to bridge the difference between all walks of life, faith and race.

His new initiative is all about keeping Charlotte safe ahead of the Republican National Convention in 2020.

Throughout the year, we’ve seen conflicts and divides across the country, from Charleston to Charlottesville to Pittsburgh.

Chief Putney does not want to see this kind of violence in Charlotte leading up to the RNC.

“Just to be quite frank with you we’re a very divided country right now,” Chief Putney said. “We’re talking about race; we’re talking about a lot of other things around race.”

He has message for those coming to our city to create unrest.

“You’re going to have thousands of eyes watching you. You’re going to have a police department that is ready,” he said.

And those thousands of eyes will not only be looking for the negative, but also spreading a positive message about Charlotte.  The chief is looking for ambassadors to sell our fine city, by meeting people at the airport or taking people to dinner, all with an eye out for anything threatening.

“I call it our ground game where we’re engaging in tough conversations. We’ll connect with people on the human level, and we’re trying to celebrate some of the positives this city has to offer.”

Chief Putney will be hosting a bridging the difference engagement event Thursday Nov. 15 at Johnson C. Smith University from 6-8 p.m.