Workshop Held To Find Ways To Pay For New CMPD Officers

CHARLOTTE, NC– Charlotte’s top cop and city leaders agree more officers are needed to help cut down on crime.

Now the budget battle begins over how to pay for them.

Chief Kerr Putney originally wanted 125 new officers. Now he’s cut that number to 50.

At a budget workshop today, staff told city council options to pay for them could include a property tax hike, service reductions, or by raising the solid waste fee.

Puntey says the department also needs more civilian positions.

“The big thing that we’ve had to do in the past is sacrifice civilian support to get the sworn, because of that growth. And what we’ve seen is, we’re out of balance.” said Putney.

Putney also told council that CMPD saves more than a million dollars each year thanks to volunteers.