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Update from CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings

Update from CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings

Thursday, October 22, 2020 (8:30 AM - 9:30 AM) (EDT)


CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings, sworn into office July 1, 2020, is an innovative and forward-thinking public servant who uses strategic and technological solutions to positively impact operations and produce data-driven results.


Chief Johnny Jennings - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Jennings joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 108th recruit class in May of 1992.

He has held a variety of positions and ranks throughout the organization including sergeant over criminal intelligence, patrol sergeant and captain over the North Tryon Division, major over intelligence, investigations, special operations, Office of Professional Responsibility and deputy chief over patrol, special services, administrative services and the support services groups including the Community Services Bureau.

Some of Jennings’ noteworthy career achievements include the following:

-Developing and implementing the CMPD’s paid college internship program to assist with recruitment and retention
-Led planning and operations for major events such as the NBA All-Star game in 2019 and Billy Graham’s funeral in 2018
-Led intelligence and coordination efforts with federal, regional, state and local partners for the Democratic National Convention in 2012
-Crime Reduction Award recipient

He has served as the President of the North Carolina Police Executives Association and as the Vice President of the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Jennings obtained a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University and a master’s in business administration from Pfeiffer University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police.

Jennings, a native of Jefferson City, Tennessee, played football as an All-American linebacker at Appalachian State University and was inducted into the Appalachian State University Athletic Hall of Fame.  

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