A lock picker, a locksmith and a lockscreen have all been hired to help Charlotte police officers with their daily duties.
The Charlotte Police Department, which recently hired a locksmaking business to help it find new ways to track suspects, has hired locksmith Sam McBride and lockscreen expert James Cairns to work on a new program to help officers get lock picks to their targets.
“We’ve had many people in the past who’ve come to us and said, ‘I just want to have a lock pick on my door,'” said Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney.
McBride, who also works at the police department’s firearms division, has a background in lock picking, but the new program is geared toward people who are used to working in a lock-down environment.
“I’m just trying to get people to relax and just be a part of the community and not be worried about being in a locked-down area,” he said.
Charlotte police have been using locks to help with their search for the suspect who was responsible for killing two Charlotte residents and injuring two others.
Cairns has worked at Charlotte police for more than a decade.
The former detective was hired as a locksmaster in the summer of 2016 and spent more than 30 hours with the department.
“When you get in, you’re going to feel like you’re a lock down,” he explained.
“It’s not like you have a gun in your pocket.
There’s no way you’re coming out of there with a gun,” he added.
Charlotte Police Chief says locksmith program will help officers avoid unnecessary dangerCairnes said the program will be a great help to the officers on the streets and help them be more secure and less vulnerable.
“You can’t really lock down a home without someone going out there to get a lock,” he told ABC News.
“There’s going to be someone out there.
They’re going the lock up.
They need to have access to a key.”
The program, called The Lockup, is one of a handful of initiatives the Charlotte Police department is taking to help solve crime.
Charlies first-responders are on the job 24 hours a day.
Charlotte Police have hired a private company to make locks that have an embedded GPS sensor to keep officers safe.
CairNS told ABCNews.com that the lock picking program is the first time the department has hired a business to work with the Charlotte police department.
He said that the department’s team has seen a 30 percent increase in calls to the department since hiring the locksmith, as well as a 70 percent increase with the lock screen.
“So the more people who want to go to work, the more opportunities we have to do it,” he noted.
“This is just another way to help us to keep the city safe and we can’t do it without our officers,” said Charlotte police Sgt. John Fagan.
McBryde, the lockscreen and locksmith said the project will help Charlotte Police officers avoid getting lost and distracted.
McBrien said the locks screen and lock pick will be installed by May and will work with a company called Key-Locks to help police officers keep their jobs.
The company will also help officers keep track of who is calling and what they are saying on the phone, he added, adding that the company will be able to identify who is doing what on the phones to give them a heads up about who’s in a cell phone tower and when they should call out to a cell tower.
McBrady said the company is already having some success with their lockscreen program, with the company getting more than 50 calls from the department during the first month of the program.
McGhee, who has been working as a lockpicking expert since 2004, said that working on the locks is the best way for the police officers to have peace of mind.
“To not have to be worried if somebody’s going out to get their locks or their phone,” he continued.
“It’s the best thing for them.
It’s the greatest thing for the community.
It keeps us safe.”
McBride said that having a lock picking service in the hands of the Charlotte city government will give the city more flexibility and allow it to make decisions on when to have the locks picked.
McDonald said that in order for the city to hire a locksmart, it needs to hire someone to work in lockpicking, which has been done for decades.
“They’re doing the job they’re supposed to do,” he concluded.
The Charlotte police force has been on lockdown since Friday after a woman was shot and killed in the city.
The woman, who is not being identified because of the nature of the investigation, was shot dead by a man inside a home on the 100 block of Ritchie Road.
Police said the man was inside the home at the time and fired a handgun.
Authorities have not released the man’s