Wednesday, December 21, 2011
CMPD Homicide Units Earns Kudos
Most of Charlotte missed the Observer's story about CMPD Homicide Detective's being honored last week. If you did you shouldn't have, the reason is that CMPD's Homicide unit has closed 85 percent of this year's homicide cases. Compare that to Baltimore's 47 percent, or North Charleston's 73 percent and you get the idea why this is a big deal.
When it comes to CMPD the truth is always in the details, but even if you discount Chief Monroe's shady dealings you still have a group of men and women who do a top shelf job in a rather unseemly business.
From the Charlotte Observer:
As Dee Sumpter addressed a roomful of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives Thursday afternoon, she pointed to a few and thanked them individually. The detectives she singled out were the ones who investigated the killing of her 20-year-old daughter more than 18 years ago.
Sumpter is one of the co-founders of Mothers of Murdered Offspring, a local group that supports families whose loved ones are victims of homicide. On Thursday, the group honored Charlotte-Mecklenburg police homicide detectives in a ceremony at Little Rock AME Zion Church in uptown.
They praised investigators for their efforts and their recent high number of cleared cases.
Police say they've made arrests in 85 percent of the homicides committed so far this year - a number comparable to recent years. But the case clearance rate jumps to 92 percent when including arrests made in 2011 in murder cases from previous years, police said.
Maj. Andy Leonard, who leads CMPD's Criminal Investigations Bureau, said that for about the first six months of the year, police made an arrest in every homicide case. Now approaching the year's end, only about five cases from 2011 remain open, he said.
The rest of Meghan Cooke's story is here.