Using Electronic Monitoring to Reduce Recidivism and Solve Crimes
Case Study: Charlotte -Mecklenburg Police Department
Solution: Omnilink Electronic Monitoring
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department serves roughly 850,000 citizens in the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. CMPD’s 1,849 sworn officers and 452 civilian employees cover a jurisdiction of 438 square miles. This includes eight officers, a sergeant and two civilian staff who manage the department’s Electronic Monitoring Unit, which was established in 2007. The unit monitors roughly 400 offenders each day.
In response to a sharp increase in robberies and other violent crimes in 2006, CMPD launched a street crimes task force of 70 officers charged with enforcing a 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. curfew for known offenders. The curfew was labor-intensive, costly and slow. Officers had
to personally check, in pairs, on each offender under court ordered supervision. The department needed a more efficient way to monitor these offenders.
Omnilink, a Numerex solution, was the perfect fit for the department’s electronic monitoring (EM) needs, said Lt. Lebraun Evans, who supervises the CMPD Electronic Monitoring Unit. The program has been in place for nearly 10 years and is managed by a staff of 11.
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