From http://www.wcnc.com by Rad Berky, May 5, 2016
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney again said he needs more officers on the street following the Thursday release of the crime stats for the first quarter of the year.
Those stats show a continuing trend with violent crimes up again.
Homicides did drop from 17 to 10, down 41% from a year ago.
However, other categories of violent crimes increased, including robberies that were up 21% and aggravated assault, up 17%
During an interview Thursday afternoon with NBC Charlotte’s Rad Berky, Chief Putney said he still wants more officers and support staff on the force.
“Our need is 125 and 80; that has not changed,” said Putney.
But instead of 125 new officers and 80 additional support staff, City Manager Ron Carlee is proposing the city hire less than half of those numbers: 50 new officers and 25 support staff members.
Asked if he could keep the city safe with that kind of reduction in the numbers he was hoping for, Putney said, “I can guarantee you that this is a step in what we need. A first step.”
The Chief put aside any question about his or the department’s relationship with Carlee, who is leaving office later this year.
Putney said they could work well as a team, even though he did not get the number of officers he wants– and he is not giving up.
“Will that help us? Yes. Is it sufficient? No.”