Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Police

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-24
  • Publisher: Arcadia Pub
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For nearly a century and a half, police in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have displayed tremendous courage and sacrifice in the execution of their duty, adapted to social and cultural changes within the American South, and increasingly embraced sophisticated methods and revolutionary advances in technology to meet the challenges posed by criminals and a violent culture. Images of America: Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Police highlights the rich history of two departments that consolidated in 1993 as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Author Biography

Author and local historian Ryan L. Sumner selected these images from a variety of sources, including the department's archives, the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, the families of current and retired officers, and the Charlotte Observer. This volume is adapted from Behind the Badge: Policing in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, 1865-2009, a collaborative exhibit of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Charlotte Museum of History that was curated by Sumner. This book is sponsored by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Benevolent Fund, a nonprofit organization.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Law Enforcement in the Old Southp. 6
Creating a Police Force in Turbulent Times: The Origins of Policing in Charlotte and Mecklenburg Countyp. 9
Earning the Badge: The Rookie School Experiencep. 23
This Lonely Beat: Patrol Officersp. 33
Fighting to Serve: African American Police Officersp. 57
Breaking and Entering the Boys' Club: Female Police Officersp. 61
Behind the Yellow Tape: Investigating Crimep. 65
Using Science to Solve Crimes: The Crime Labp. 79
Run 'Em Downtown: Police Headquartersp. 85
Calling All Cars: Communicationsp. 89
Taking Doors and Chasing Bad Guys: Courage in the Line of Dutyp. 97
Tackling Traffic Safety: Protecting the Public on the Roadsp. 117
Acknowledgmentsp. 126
Selected Bibliographyp. 127
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