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Public Safety

1.  What is the current public safety plan in Charlotte?

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's top priority is to keep Charlotte safe and peaceful. The department has uased extensive public safety resources that include a real-time crime center, which gives officers the technological advantage of roughly 1,000 cameras around the city to see what’s happening at any hour of the day. CMPD has a strong police presence throughout the city and is being proactive in protecting people and property. The department has received support from the state of North Carolina and the federal government.

2.  What is a state of emergency?

A state of emergency is a declaration that comes from the governor. In North Carolina, it enables him to respond more quickly to a specific event with necessary resources. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Governor Pat McCrory issued a state of emergency for Charlotte, which provided Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police support from the North Carolina National Guard and State Highway Patrol to ensure the safety of every citizen and visitor in Charlotte. The State of Emergency in Charlotte was terminated on Sept. 28 at 5:38 p.m.

3.  Why are people protesting?

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, an officer-involved shooting took place in Charlotte. Reactions led to several evenings of demonstrations in the city. City leaders have encouraged protesters to lead calm, peaceful demonstrations and continue engaging in open dialogue.

4.  What does a curfew mean?

Curfews are put in place to maintain public safety during a specific timeframe. After a comprehensive assessment of potential and prior activity, city leaders made a thoughtful decision to enforce a curfew in Charlotte beginning the evening of Thursday, Sept. 22 that was in effect from midnight to 6 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23. The curfew was in effect each night until it was lifted on Sunday, Sept. 25. For more information, view the Curfew Proclamation and the City of Charlotte's Curfew FAQs.

5.  Are there additional protests planned?

Protests have been scheduled day by day and to date have been isolated to the Uptown area within the Interstate 277 loop. This page will be updated about additional planned protests as information becomes available. For more information about protests in Charlotte, view the City of Charlotte's Demonstration FAQ and the Reminder on Peaceful Protests.

6.  What is the city doing to work toward positive solutions and community building?

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force has created a statement of commitment to justice that has been signed by more than 225 community leaders in Charlotte. Learn more at

7.  Where can I go for more information?

You can follow @CLTgov and @CMPD on Twitter or go to for updates from the City of Charlotte. For local travel information, call the Charlotte Visitor Info Center at 1-800-231-4636. For statewide travel information, call 1-800-VISIT-NC (847-4862).

This page was updated Sept. 28, 2016, at 7 p.m.