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The Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) conducts fugitive recovery investigations and operations targeting the most violent offenders operating or located within the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The unit maintains sworn status through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshal's Service in order to pursue individuals preying upon the citizens of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County wherever they may flee.

VCAT's primary mission is to facilitate the apprehension of individuals wanted for murder, rape, and armed robbery but may include additional violent felonies. At present the team has apprehended over 3,500 suspects of violent crimes across North Carolina, as well as coordinated apprehension efforts throughout the nation. If you have any information that can help capture these individuals, call or text 704-336-VCAT (8228) or email vcat@cmpd.org.
All information is confidential.

VCAT Deployment
​ VCAT is deployed in coordination with federally-adopted apprehension efforts anywhere in the world.

VCAT Training
The entire team participates in relevant training schools both on and off site throughout the year. Training is conducted by privately contracted subject matter experts, federal agents, department experts and instructors within the team. VCAT also facilitates a Fugitive Investigations Course for both new members and interested officers from other divisions.