On Wednesday and Saturday Charlotte's WSOC TV took a couple of shots at CMPD Chief Rodney "RoMo" Monroe, who appeared on camera in his new "Captain Stubing" shirt to defend the many thumbs down comments on the CMPD's recent survey.
Charlotte Police Chief Responds To Discontent Uncovered In Internal Survey
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief Rodney Monroe defended his hiring and promotion practices Wednesday evening after Channel 9 Eyewitness News obtained an internal survey revealing major discontent among officers.
Many police department employees apparently feel hiring and promotions are not based solely on experience and qualifications.
Only 32 percent of officers agreed with the statement that "employees are hired based on their skills and abilities, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity or other differences."
Forty percent of officers disagreed with that statement.
The survey also included comments from officers, many of whom criticized the hiring and promotion process.
One employee wrote, "promotions and job selections should solely be based upon prior job performance and qualifications...and not..;gender, age and race. It seems this department is going away from this in order to appear more diverse at all costs."
Another wrote, "very well qualified applicants have been passed over for less qualified more diverse officers."
Police chief Rodney Monroe defended his record on hiring and promotion.
"That's not true. We don't promote based on race or gender," said Monroe. "But do we try to make an effort to be inclusive of everyone whether it's promotional or assignment? Yeah."
Part Two Aired on Saturday:
Push For Change After Report On CMPD’s Hiring Practices
The President of Charlotte's Fraternal Order of Police hopes the results of a new survey bring about change.
"The police department has opened a pretty big door," Hagler said. As president of the FOP, Hagler serves as the voice of Charlotte officers.
He said the results of a recent internal survey of more than 1000 CMPD employees confirmed rumors he's heard for months.
"You shouldn't ask a question if you don’t like the response you get," Hagler said, "and I'm sensing that may be a little bit of what's going on."
The survey, released Wednesday, shows a majority of the respondent’s value a diverse work force.
But, pages and pages of comments show a belief that promotions and transfers within the department are now based on diversity, not merit.
One employee wrote: "Reverse discrimination is blatant and consistently being applied every time there is an opening in a desired position."
"That's not true," Chief Rodney Monroe said on Wednesday, when asked if promotions were "diversity-based". "We don't promote based on race or gender but do we try to make an effort to be inclusive of everyone whether it's promotional or assignment." Monroe did say some standards have been changed to make more officers eligible for new positions, like sergeant.
Hagler said it's hard to "change" standards without lowering them. He hoped the results of the survey make a difference.
"The department has asked some decent questions in the survey, Hagler said.”They need to now look at the responses from the officers and make changes in the appropriate manner."