Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD Expands Mobile Surveillance Capabilities With Sierra Wireless®

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) provides public safety services for the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. The department was formed in 1993 by merging the Charlotte City Police Department with the Mecklenburg County Rural Police Department, and the 1,717 sworn officers now patrol the entire 438 square miles of Mecklenburg County, protecting more than 800,000 residents.

Business Challenge

The sheer size of both the CMPD and the geographic area the department protects creates logistic and operational challenges in coordinating divisions, districts, and personnel. To streamline operations, the CMPD’s command staff has established a unique infrastructure to help field officers by anticipating problems and providing real-time intelligence, allowing them to respond more quickly to criminal activity.

Sierra Wireless AirLink® Solution

With funding from the DNC federal security grant and an Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant, the CMPD was able to enhance their investment in automatic license plate recognition cameras and software from Sierra Wireless Solution Partner, NDI Recognition Systems (NDI-RS).

In total, the department increased their LPR technology to 89 fixed LPR cameras, four mobile systems, two portable Rapid Deployment System (RDS) units, and thirteen Road Warrior LPR trailers featuring the Sierra Wireless AirLink gateways for high performance, mission-critical cellular communication and GPS capabilities.

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