Our Organization

​​The goal of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is to make Charlotte one of the safest large cities in America. To do that, we continually advance strategies that prevent crime. We find ways to engage the community in taking steps that help minimize opportunities for victimization. We explore appropriate policy direction with the Mayor and City Council. We seek solutions to the complex community problems that contribute to crime and disorder. And we enforce the laws and arrest the people who break them.

The officers, staff and volunteers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department take very seriously their duty to provide citizens with professional, innovative and effective service. Community safety is a shared responsibility and we are committed to working in partnership with neighborhood residents and business owners as well as other local, state and federal agencies to reduce crime and increase safety.​

Charlotte Quick Facts

Posted Population:
    856,062 City of Charlotte
    1,030,214 Mecklenburg County
    869,495 CMPD jurisdiction
Total Square Miles:
    303 City of Charlotte
    546 Mecklenburg County
    438 CMPD jurisdiction
CMPD Employees:
    1,972 sworn
    520 civilian
    376 volunteers


About CMPD:
  • CMPD is the largest metropolitan police department between Atlanta, GA and Washington, D.C., which translates to increased opportunities for growth and advancement.

  • CMPD is a 24-year-old organization with a rich history that dates back more than 140 years. Before CMPD was formed in 1993, it existed as the separate Charlotte Police and Mecklenburg County Police departments.

  • CMPD has the latest equipment and technology available in law enforcement such as: Body Worn Cameras, PILMS, Licenses Plate Reader, and the Real Time Crime Center.


About Charlotte:
  • Charlotte is the sixteenth largest U.S. City

  • Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte was named in honor of the German Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III of England

  • 1.6 million people visit the city each year

  • 2nd largest banking center in the United States

  • Home to eight Fortune 500 company headquarters, with more than 291 Fortune 500 companies placing one or more facilities within Mecklenburg County

  • Ranked No. 1 Large City for growth in business

  • Ranked No. 1 Best City for Small Business

  • Ranked No. 1 Big City Bargain

  • Ranked No. 2 as the fastest growing city in the U.S.

  • Ranked No. 4 as the U.S. city attracting the most families

  • 60% of the country's population lives within a two-hour flight of Charlotte.**


Source: Charlotte Chamber of Commerce 2016
** Source: Charlotte Regional Visitors' Association

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