The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department yearbook has been a fixture of "team building" over the years. However the yearbook's favor has waned as have those in high schools and colleges across the country.
The College of Charleston printed it's last yearbook in 2008 and University of South Carolin bid adieu to theirs in 2007. Apparently this same lack of interest has prompted CMPD Chief Monroe to make having your photo taken mandatory.
The intent being if your photo is in the book then you would be more inclined to purchase the book.
But being required to participant in something that is not relevant to your job performance, rubs more than a few people the wrong way, prompting FOP Lodge #9 to get involved.
Mark R. Michalec, Lodge 9 Vice President emailed this statement to members on Saturday:
"There have been a number of complaints brought forward to FOP Lodge #9 regarding the mandatory participation for the CMPD yearbook. We are obtaining information on this issue and plan on discussing it with the appropriate personnel within CMPD."
Some officers have suggested the Chief Monroe has some financial interest in promoting the yearbook, that may cost as much as 95 dollars a copy.
Acclaim Press produces police department year books for many departments including DC Metro and Ft. Lauderdale.
This year's project comes on the heels of a book depicting the department's history published last year that includes some pretty interesting photos. A preview is here and the book is a good souce on historical insight that Chief Monroe might want to read up on.