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CMPD: Crime Down Again In 2011

Police Chief Rodney Monroe and department heads.

Police Chief Rodney Monroe and department heads at crime rate announcement. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say the number of crimes committed in Charlotte decreased again in 2011. Property crime dropped by about 8 percent last year and violent crime was down by 2 percent. "All of these are very significant crime reductions, but the strategy and the hard work that our officers we're able to achieve is what led to many of these results," says Police Chief Rodney Monroe. Monroe also credits the drop to community members working closely with officers, the department's focus on repeat offenders and more collaboration with the District Attorney's Office. He says assistant DA's now come to homicide scenes and can expedite search warrants. "Our great relationship with the District Attorney's Office has really proved of great value--focusing on the same crimes, the same individuals--has paid significant dividends for us and the city," says Monroe. Monroe has touted a decrease in crime each year since he became the city's police chief in 2008. But some critics, including neighborhood leaders and a blog called citynewswatch.blogspot.com, have questioned whether the decrease has more to do with how police are classifying crimes. Monroe says officers follow a standard reporting process. "If you just look at the homicide numbers.I can't fudge a dead body. I believe in the numbers, I believe in the people," says Monroe. He points out that Charlotte had 55 homicides in 2011 compared to 59 the previous year. Aggravated assaults, on the other hand, were up last year by 4 percent.