Charlotte's Airport Has Fewer Officers Than Other Big Airports

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)--Charlotte's police chief says North Carolina's busiest airport has the lowest number of law enforcement officers of the nearly two dozen across the country considered at the highest risk of a terrorist incident.

The information is part of a memo by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe that city officials released Tuesday. Monroe says the country's sixth-busiest airport needs a security staffing level that corresponds to its importance.

Charlotte police took over security at the city-owned Charlotte Douglas International Airport in December.

The Charlotte Observer reported last month the security takeover angered the long-time airport director, which led to sympathetic state legislators proposing a regional takeover of the city's airport.

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