Friday, September 7, 2012

Charlotte Police Provide Democratic National Convention After Action Report

The goal of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department up to and during the 2012, Democratic National Convention was to develop and implement, with numerous participating agencies, a seamless security plan that created a secure environment for the community, dignitaries, event participants and the general public. There was a tremendous amount of advance planning and coordination in the areas of venue security, air space security, training, communications, and credentialing. As a result, only 25 arrests were made, all but one from outside of Charlotte.

The department's strategic operations plan was successfully implemented during the days of the event due in large part to partnerships with the United States Secret Service, Charlotte Fire Department, MEDIC, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, and a multitude of assisting law enforcement agencies.

Event operations were coordinated through the CMPD's command center which was operational from Saturday, September 1, 2012, through Friday, September 7, 2012. Despite the large number of event participants, a scheduled visit from President of the United States, and a multitude of additional dignitaries, there were no major incidents reported in the center city or any of the 13 CMPD patrol divisions during the week of the convention.

Although there were several large demonstrations during the week from activists, there were no significant events reported, and few disruptions to pedestrian and or vehicular traffic as a result of the demonstrations.. The CMPD did record 25 arrests during the week. All but one of the arrestees resided outside of the Charlotte area. A breakdown of the arrests included;

Impeding Traffic
Disorderly Conduct
Failure to Disperse
Breaching a Police Line
Dispersal of Noxious Substance
Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Damage to Property