CMPD Prepares for Large Crowds Ahead of Rev. Graham Funeral, CIAA tournament

via WCNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two major events in the Queen City next week are raising new questions about police staffing.

On Thursday, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department described how they’re preparing security for Reverend Billy Graham’s funeral on March 2. Former presidents and world leaders may be in attendance.

The somber occasion comes as large crowds will also be pouring into Charlotte for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tournament next weekend.

CMPD said they began working on a plan immediately which includes more officers and overtime. They believe they’re in good shape with resources.

“Our department will be in the international spotlight,” said CMPD Deputy Chief Johnny Jennings. “As soon we got the news of the Reverend’s passing, we began speaking initially on how we’re going to be able to staff.”

The organization is especially important considering the department will be pulled in different directions next week.

“What we didn’t anticipate, the CIAA being in town for all of this,” said Deputy Chief Jennings. “CIAA does add a little extra issues with it.”

CMPD said they’re doing whatever is necessary to be prepared.