Founders’ Day Convocation Presidential Award

Rodney Monroe

Rodney MonroeChief Rodney Monroe, a recognized innovator and practitioner of community policing, has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement. He was appointed chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) in 2008. In this role, he leads the largest municipal police department in the state of North Carolina. Under his leadership, the department has refocused its efforts on crime fighting and crime prevention through a more accountable organizational structure, new technology and an enhanced strategy of community policing. As a result, the department continues to experience a significant reduction in its crime rate. 

Prior to joining CMPD, Chief Monroe served as chief in Macon, Ga., and in Richmond, Va. While serving in Richmond, his efforts led to the lowest number of homicides in over 25 years. Chief Monroe also worked in a variety of leadership positions within the Washington D.C. Police Department.

Chief Monroe holds a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute.