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Police Chief Rodney Monroe

Rodney D. Monroe was appointed Police Chief of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department on June 16, 2008 by City Manager Curt Walton. Chief Monroe leads the largest municipal police department in the state of North Carolina with 1,650 sworn and 450 civilian members. He brings to this position the knowledge and experience of nearly thirty years in the law enforcement profession.

He was the chief of the Richmond, Virginia Police Department from February 2005 to June 2008. His efforts there led to the lowest number of homicides in over twenty-five years. Under then Chief Monroe's leadership, the department regained its reputation as a leader in urban policing. Crime rates declined every year by approximately 10 percent during Monroe's tenure, and community policing initiatives were expanded. A recognized innovator, and practitioner of community policing, Chief Monroe is known to refocus police departments on crime fighting and crime prevention through a more accountable organizational structure, new technology, and an enhanced strategy of community policing.

A native of the Washington DC area, Chief Monroe served in the Washington DC Police Department for twenty-one years in a variety of assignments. He became a police officer in March 1979, and was promoted through the ranks, eventually serving as Assistant Chief of Police where he managed the department's 2600 member Patrol Services Bureau. He also led the Department's Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Office of Youth Violence Reduction.

Chief Monroe was awarded a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute. He serves as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.