Monday, November 29, 2010

Chief Monroe Spins The Numbers on WBTV

Last week Cedar Posts noted the latest crime numbers compiled by CQ press showed Charlotte with a higher crime rate than major cities historically perceived as being high areas.

Cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

Tonight on WBTV Chief Monroe gives an "exclusive interview" to Brigida Mack while spinning the numbers “his way”.

From WBTV:

The annual list is out: Charlotte is safer city now than it was just two years ago. That's according to the list of the most dangerous cities in America compiled by the CQ Press, a company that uses data from the FBI to determine the rankings.

The list shows the Queen city has dropped more than 50 spots since 2007. The city came in at 118 out of 274 for 2009. That's compared to being the 70th most dangerous city in 2008 and the 62nd in 2007.

Cedar Posts: Actually the list is of 400 cities nationwide.

WBTV: But Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe greets the news with measured optimism.

"They're still some communities here that we still have a lot of work to do," said Monroe. "One crime is always too many especially if you're the victim of that crime."

That said, he added they city should be proud of the work it's helped CMPD do.

The list tracked mostly violent crimes: murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. But the number of burglaries and motor vehicle thefts were also factors.

Cedar Posts: Actually it is a lot more complicated than that. Unless you feel like plowing through CQ's excruciatingly detailed "methodology" PDF, here's the quickie interpretation of the ranking process: Each city is given a population-to-crime ratio, based on reported crimes of murder, rape, robbery, burglary and motor-vehicle theft, and arson. Those numbers are then slightly adjusted to account for severity of crime and significant rate of change from previous years.

Cedar Posts: After patting himself on the back he swiftly backs away by saying:

“The community must also realize this ranking isn't the only way we measure how safe Charlotte is.”

Cedar Posts: This is where the bullshit from Rodney Monroe gets unbearable.

Chief Monroe continued: "A community is more than a list." "A police department is more than a list. It's how we mesh all of those things together. Our strategies, our focus, our vision."
Monroe also said he expects the ranking to drop again for the 2011 list but cautions that seeing a decrease in crime will get harder as CMPD tries to top the success seen in recent years.

Cedar Posts: Clearly with the year nearly over Chief Monroe knows where the numbers are going. But the list also shows the continued trend in reduced crime nation wide so even swapping places with number 119 Everett, Washington is going to be hard but not nearly as hard as being just below the national average like Raleigh at 236.

The complete list is here and WBTV's report is here.

Cedar Posts get the last word: Major props to the boots on the street because it is not about numbers its about doing your job and doing exceedingly well.


Anonymous said...

Monroe really believes his own bullshit! Good thing we citizens are not as stupid as him and KNOW better!

RuttMutt if you are doing such a great job then why are you trying to illegally hack so many citizen computers? ROFLMAO!

Anonymous said...

Interesting that WBTV fails to point out that Charlotte ranks behind NYC, and LA.

Interesting that WBTV fails to point out that Charlotte has a crime rate far above the national average.

Interesting that Rodney seems to have WBTV in his back pocket or at least WBTV black reporters who fail to ask the tough questions.

Interesting but not surprising.

Anonymous said...

RoMo is a joke! They should give him a box to stand on.

Aren't these the same people who named North Charlotte as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods?

Those numbers were all wrong screamed RoMo now these numbers are correct?

Yep what a joke!

Anonymous said...

Give it up Cedar Posts. Our Chief will never meet your approval, we get it.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:10
If rodney had been honest with the citizens of Charlotte from the beginning of his tenure, perhaps his veracity would not always be in question.

There are WAY too many things he has done that have compromised his integrity and the integrity of CMPD.

So, yes, in a way you are correct....he will never respect.

And his actions will always be suspect.

And yes, he is definitely putting a spin on things now, as he knows the almight "numbers" cannot continue on a downward trajectory.

And he is being disengenuous again, as the NUMBERS are the only thing, well that and his personal agenda of diversity, that matters to him.

It would have been so much better if he had just been honest from the beginning about how the numbers were being counted....of course, he has since changed his tune as everyone became aware of his orders to lower numbers at any cost.

If he has done anything "good", and I question that, those things have long been overshadowed by the harm he has done.

He has made his bed..........

(I also have heard from people that he and VF have looked into trying to access personal computers of employees of CMPD. If there is ANY truth to this and it can be proven, he truly will be toast!)

Anonymous said...

Does anyone respect Rodney Monroe?

If you are talking about the NC State hoops player the answer is hell yes!

If you are talking Charlotte police chief the answer is hell no.

Rutt Mutt, RoMo, Webster pick a name they all fit and the laughes behind his back have not eased up and they won't.

It must be fun to be king of no respect.

Anonymous said...

CMPD: You do an amazing job! Thank you.

Anonymous said...


Yes, the officers do a great job, it is their Chief dawg that sucks!


Nov 30th 1:10

Your Chiefs an idiot..he will never meet anyone approval. Maybe if he did what was right instead of looking out for himself and his people he might get somewhere. His only concern is thE way he looks. He will leave CMPD in pieces and move on to his next conquest. Charlotte is a stepping stone for the idiot..but thE way he is screwing up he may not leave anytime soon, cause no one will want him. It's a double edge sword...screwed if we do and damned if we don't- But for you thats job security- Drink the Koolaid- you RAT