Back in 2007 CMPD began providing the "Watch Commanders Log" aka Significant Event Log on line. The reasoning behind this change is explained in the email below which "City News Watch" has obtained. The email also mentions the 911 calls for service.
From: "Fey, Robert P."
To: Media Release
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 7:49 PM
Subject: Significant Event Log
Clarification as to why we are no longer e-mailing the WC Log:
I understand there are some misunderstandings about why the Watch Commander's Log no longer being emailed and wanted to clear that up. I apologize if we weren't clear when we introduced it to you yesterday.
We are no longer emailing the Watch Commander's Log because we don't need to. It is now available to everyone on our web site, although with significant improvements. The WC Log was only kept after hours and then emailed in the morning -- so you had to wait for it, and it was typically only shared with CMPD personnel and media. The new Log now covers 24 hours, is updated on our web site as close to real time as information becomes available and now everyone has the opportunity to view these events without worrying about being on a distribution list. That means citizens have better access to this information, which augments with 911 Calls For Service feature that has been online now for a few months.
Please call me if you have any questions.
Robert P. Fey Public Affairs Officer
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
601 East Trade Street Charlotte, NC 28202
704.336.2338 o 704.619.4169 c 703629
The reversal of this position at CMPD reflects Chief Monroe's leadership model of hide, distort, confuse and deny. The Watch Commander's Log and the 911 Calls for Service reports now removed from public view is a clear sign of a "closed and secret society". One that we as citizens of Charlotte can not tolerate.
While WSOC TV continues to tell the public that the 911 Calls for Service issue has been corrected nothing could be farther from the truth.