Blame whoever you like - But thanks to many factors our city of nearly 1 million found itself short on police manpower during Saturday's 3rd shift.
Homicides routinely take a large chunk of manpower off the streets. Responding officers, supervisors, crowd control, crime scene preservation, interviewing witnesses and more. This response is necessary to push the odds of an arrest in the favor of the community. The concept of leaving no stone unturned doesn't happen without manpower.
Yet, CMPD's ranks are so depleted that when a second homicide call came in on Saturday, resources were stretched thin. When the 3rd call came there were simply not enough officers able to respond.
CMPD was short handed.
Dispatch did the best they could sending calls for service to outside divisions, Officers in South responding to calls in Steelcreek. North running to Metro. But what that created was voids in the normal coverage and not enough manpower to respond to the 3rd homicide.
Who is to blame? Raleigh for starters, CMPD won't say but the attrition rate among CMPD Officers is at an all time high and the cost to taxpayers is huge.
Here's the issue, CMPD recruits and trains their own officers. Once they complete training they are an investment, but the life of a rookie officer isn't fun. It doesn't take much to start looking elsewhere or to discover with their training and major department experience they are highly marketable.
Why Raleigh? They pay more 15% more on average, and then there's the cost of living which is considerably lower, traffic is less, crime rate much lower. And because the ranks of Raleigh's Police Department are growing there are more chances for advancement.
Its not just Raleigh, DOJ, Homeland Security, and even private operations are looking for well trained officers.
But the real blame goes to your city manager and the Charlotte City Council. Those potted plants that are more interested in spending tax player dollars on affordable housing and what happens to the Eastland Mall property to effectively address the CMPD pay issue.