The strongest structures are supported by well-established pillars. When Johnny Jennings was sworn into the office of CMPD Chief of Police July 1, 他已经开始建造他的.
事实上，他的支柱已经形成了几十年. 1992年他加入警队时, Chief Jennings began building his understanding of the Charlotte community and policing. 一砖一瓦, 位置的位置, 他步步高升, compiling an impressive base of knowledge along the way. 他负责监督调查部门, 刑事情报, 特别行动和专业责任制, all contributing to the foundation he’d lay for his vision of CMPD.
但他所构建的不仅仅是詹宁斯自己的愿景. In the weeks and months leading up to his taking the office of chief, community members in Charlotte and around the nation made their voices heard.
“With the Black Lives Matter movement and other movements looking for change within police agencies and the concept of policing, I was excited to be part of it because history is being made,”詹宁斯说. “I looked at what we’re seeing in the community today and, 发生了这么多事, I wanted to make sure my vision and core values are put in place to make our department better.”
他在夏洛特有几十年的工作经验, expertise and training in policing and a focus on the will of the community, 詹宁斯的四根支柱构成了他的核心四根和一根 部门的战略方向，包括使命和愿景:
CMPD implements solutions and expands collaborative relationships within our organization and community to enhance trust, 公平和尊重, 加强公共安全.
我们希望成为受信任的人, respected and sought-after community partner by serving our citizens and taking care of our employees.
Community Collaboration is a process of participation by people, groups and organizations working together to achieve results. 每个成员必须愿意计划和分享愿景, 任务, 权力, 资源，最重要的是, 目标. Collaboration builds trust, ensures accountability and defines success.
The voice of the community didn’t just inform the strategic direction, but became its own core value within Jennings’ vision for CMPD.
“I tell people all the time that we are given authority as police officers by the people and the people should have some 说 in how we police,”詹宁斯说. “If we’re going to get anywhere, we have to work together. We’re not always going to agree when we have conversations with public officials and community members, but what we can do is make sure we're sitting at the table. 和, 一旦我们坐到桌前, we get a better understanding of each other and that’s going to go a long way toward progress.”
Crime Management is how we work to prevent crime from occurring. It is partnering at each level of the criminal process to analyze crime and find alternative outcomes for those affected.
When Jennings thinks about the concept of crime management, he thinks about the options CMPD has outside of over-policing high-crime areas. 而不是专注于自由逮捕, 詹宁斯说, it’s important to key in on the violent issues neighborhoods and communities are dealing with.
“It isn’t necessarily about taking officers off the streets, but it’s about considering the benefit of everything we do and asking ourselves if it’s of benefit to the community,”詹宁斯说.
Professional Accountability is an internally driven mindset to improve ourselves and the relations & 我们与服务对象之间的结果. As an agency we are transparent about corrective action and responsive to our community about how we police ourselves.
Officers on the streets need to be doing good work in the right places, 詹宁斯说. That comes down to personal and professional accountability. Part of CMPD’s role in enabling that good work is opening the door for officers to appropriately handle all scenarios.
“When an officer sees another employee escalating a situation or sees things might not be going as planned, they should be able to step in without any repercussions, 说, 嘿，我来吧, 我能应付,在它加剧之前.”
Employee Wellness is focused on supporting better mental and physical health at work for all employees. These efforts include physical and mental fitness programs, 教育和激励, interventions for and improved access to care and social support for our employees.
“这是毫无疑问的，”詹宁斯说. 警察努力工作. 工作时间长和工作性质都对工作有影响. While he sees a rapport of support between fellow officers and high morale, Jennings knows when a shift is over and officers head home, 他们开始放松下来. “下一个层次的情感是什么?”詹宁斯奇迹. He wants officers to know CMPD cares about their mental well-being.
“Officers have a tendency to bottle things up,”詹宁斯说. “当我还是个年轻军官的时候, needing help and needing to talk about things was seen as a sign of weakness. That’s not the case anymore and I want to continue making it the norm.”
Of all the things Chief Jennings has learned throughout his career with CMPD, he’s proud to be part of an organization that embraces changes and is constantly striving to grow and become better. Implementing his strategic vision is just another way to enhance that spirit of continuous improvement.
“You talk to the officers and rather than resisting change, 他们说已经准备好了,”詹宁斯说. “They’re ready to 说, ‘where does this next era of policing take us?他们正期待着这一点. 我相信这是其中之一, 如果不是, best police departments in the country and we’re at the forefront of a lot of things. You can stamp your name on when policing changed in Charlotte and know you were a part of it.”
加入詹宁斯局长的愿景 成为CMPD警官. Whether you’re new to law enforcement or transferring from another department, 把你的名字印在不断变化的警察面貌上.