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​​​​​​Lateral Transfer for Currently Sworn Police Officers​ ​(for both in-state and out-of-state applicants)

CMPD is currently accepting applications for lateral transfers for Police Officers.​

APPLY HERE!!!!​ Select the "Lateral Police Trainee" application link!

Looking for Experienced Officers
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is looking for outstanding certified, sworn law enforcement officers to add to our ranks. We are interested in officers who exhibit integrity, professionalism and dedication to bring their skills and experience to service for our citizens.

Minimum starting pay is $45,667​.
Pay is also based on credible years of service!


The CMPD has a long history of excellence borne out of a commitment to making Charlotte one of the safest large cities in the United States. You will not find a police department with more pride, more talent or more integrity. We invite you to experience what we do – and the difference you can make as a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Apply today!

Specific Qualifications for Lateral Entry:
  • Presently employed with a sworn government law enforcement agency (no break in service).

  • Minimum 2 years, full-time service, with current agency. Non-sworn, part-time and previous experience (outside of current agency) will not be considered.

  • Non-qualifying experience, such as: federal law enforcement, corrections officer, probation officer, park ranger, security officer, detention officer, jailer, etc., as determined by the department, will not be considered.

  • Qualifying departments must be comparable in size and duties as CMPD. Agencies whose sole duty is to run a jail or serve warrants is not considered comparable to CMPD.

In addition, there are other documents, specific to your current department, training and experience that you will need in order to complete your application for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The following links for currently certified law enforcement officers will give you the information you need to submit a completed application in a timely manner.

**Highway Patrol & State Troopers are NOW ELIGIBLE for our Lateral Entry Program**

APPLY HERE!!

For information contact Inv. Parnell & Inv. Rivera


The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.