Police Officer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept

1770 Shopton Road

Charlotte, NC 28217




Starting Salary: $30,662

Population: 544,848

Sworn Officers: 1,500




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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) is a highly respected law enforcement agency both locally and nationally and is responsible for the city of Charlotte and the unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County. We employ over 1500 police officers: men and women from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who have chosen not only a challenging career but a police department that is up to the challenge of serving an equally diverse community. The Charlotte Metro community, comprised of over 1 million people, represents a global community, including Hispanic/Latino, Cambodian, Vietnamese and many other cultures.


The CMPD minimum requirements include graduation from high school or a GED program, 21 years of age, US citizenship, good driving and criminal record, good physical health and the ability to pass an extensive background investigation, including a Psychological exam, Polygraph, Medical exam and Drug Screening.


Starting salary is based on educational level:

• High School diploma/GED = $30,662

• Associates Degree = $32,195

• Bachelors Degree = $33,805


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department also offers eligible candidates a 5% pay incentive for Bi-Lingual skills. Candidates must pass a written exam and a physical ability test in order to receive an application. Both tests are given once per month.


After graduating from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s 23 week North Carolina State Certified training program, new officers are given 12 weeks of field training where they learn how to apply their class work to the street on 3 working shifts. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is committed to Community Oriented/Problem Solving policing. Patrol officers are given opportunities to resolve any issues ‘behind the call’ through community meetings, self-initiated enforcement or activity and/or the use of outside agencies allowing them to have a proactive response to problems in their assigned districts. Officers are expected to have good written and oral communication skills and will use them on a daily basis when responding to a variety of calls for service. In addition, officers are “armed” with the latest advances in computer technology including laptop computers and software that allows officers and investigators to become more efficient in reporting!


offenses and tracking suspect data. After approximately 3 years of patrol service, officers are encouraged to apply for transfers to other areas of the department including: Investigations, K-9, Lake Enforcement, Highway Interdiction and Traffic Safety, SWAT, Bicycle Patrol and Foot Patrol. Many districts also have similar specialized units that district officers are also encouraged to apply for.


There are many non-sworn opportunities within the CMPD as well. Telecommunicators (Dispatchers) are in high demand, and there are positions available for Records Clerks, Property Clerks and Crime Scene Technicians. The Animal Control Bureau also falls with the police department's jurisdiction and has a high demand for Animal Control Officers.



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