CMPD takes safety precautions ahead of Charlotte marathon

Ready, set, run!

About 5,000 people are expected to participate in the Charlotte marathon, running through many of the city’s neighborhoods.  
"Our officers are consuming a lot of overtime. That's time away from their families, that's time on their feet and we want to give them some relief, they deserve it,” said CMPD Chief Kerr Putney. 

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said this week that the department is working to fill a number of officer vacancies but ensures it won't affect safety and security.

"It impacts us but it doesn't impact the safety because we have a minimum standard that we never go below and that's anywhere in the city,” Chief Putney said. 

In July, Charlotte City Council repealed the extraordinary event ordinance that allowed the city manager to weigh in on boundaries and time periods for large events. Chief Putney says they are pulling from everybody for security including the Sheriff's Office.

"A hundred times four is about the staffing level it takes to do it right for the jurisdiction but it's not just us.”

He said staffing is significant, but remained tight lipped about further details saying he doesn't want people to use it against them.

"It's roughly the same now we do add a little cushion every year because what goes on nationally but that's been pretty consistent,” said Chief Putney.