CMPD Chief Kicks Off “Bridging Difference” Campaign Ahead of RNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief wants to build bridges in the community, ahead of the Republican National Convention. Kerr Putney’s kicked off a new campaign called “Bridging the Difference.” It’s a series of what Putney calls “long overdue conversations” about police support and accountability.

The Chief asked WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty to come to headquarters to talk more about it.  He told her, in part, “Charlotte is just a reflection of the country, really, in this realm (of) political ideology, political affiliation. And what we’re trying to show people is, we have some common ground. Everybody’s asking what are we doing in preparation for the Republican National Convention? This is our ground game. We’re trying to get people to understand there is a common ground. We wanna be the catalyst for this conversation.”

“Bridging the Difference” is a twist on the department’s recruitment motto of “Be the Difference.” The first conversation will be Thursday at Johnson C. Smith University.  The Chief also wants volunteers for large city events. You can apply through CMPD by clicking here.