New policing strategies are driving down crime in Charlotte, says Police Chief Rodney Monroe. Monroe, who took office in mid-June amid concerns about a spike in crime, said that in the past two months, crime has decreased across 11 of the city’s 13 divisions, reports the Charlotte Observer. Beginning Saturday, he is moving 89 officers from special units to patrol divisions.
Monroe is breaking up several special units, including street crimes and an international liaison unit. He said the specialized crime-fighting will be more locally driven. Monroe made similar changes in Richmond, Va., where he was credited with a sharp drop in crime during his 3 1/2-year tenure. He also plans a new gun unit, a larger gang unit, and a new youth crime unit that will focus on children who are victims of sexual assault or violence in the home.