CMPD chief focused on creating peace ahead of RNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is focused on creating peace and unity in Charlotte to prevent violent protests during the Republican National Convention.

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Watch the video above as Channel 9's Brittney Johnson sits down with CMPD Chief Kerr Putney, and he explains what you can do to help protect the Queen City from outside threats.

Putney also said the city needs to upgrade some technology and protective gear for officers ahead of the RNC.

Brittney Johnson is co-moderating CMPD's first "Bridging the Difference" event on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Johnson C. Smith University.

The department will ask attendees to consider becoming ambassadors for the city, acting as their eyes and ears on the ground if outside groups try to stir up problems.

You can learn more about the event here.

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