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​The Cadet Application Process is currently open​.
Please fill out the CMPD Cadet Application Form offered on the HR Job website.

Please read the information below to learn about the program and how to apply!

Mission Statement
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) Cadet Program will provide qualified students, actively enrolled in a local college, an opportunity to work in a professional, law enforcement environment, while learning about and training for future employment as a Police Officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The program's intent is to enhance the participating student's knowledge of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and all operating aspects so that when the participant turns 21, he or she may enter into a career as a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer.
As Cadets work in different areas of the department, they will develop the necessary skills to make them the type of Officer CMPD needs to be successful in its mission to prevent the next crime.

The program is funded by a Federal Grant and is designed to expose interested college students to police work. This is accomplished by training and equipping the cadets in Community Problem Oriented Policing and exposing them to opportunities within CMPD. The program places cadets within the department where there is currently a need for their services. The cadets perform duties that do not require a sworn police officer, freeing officers to spend more time in the field. While the duties of the cadets vary based upon the units where they are assigned, they typically include:
  • Work with community coordinators on neighborhood problem-solving efforts by Interacting with neighborhood residents to identify community problems.
  • Researching data needed for problem analysis, including property ownership, crime statistics, calls for service, and GIS maps.
  • Monitoring calls for service, crime data, and other indicators in areas where problem-solving initiatives have been completed as directed by the Division Supervisor.
  • Learning about and partnering with other city agencies in order to improve problem-solving efforts.
  • Assist in planning and conducting community meetings, preparing presentations, and distributing information to neighborhood residents in an effort to increase attendance at community meetings.
  • Assist in starting Neighborhood Watch groups and providing crime data to those groups once they are established.
  • Prepare updated information on crime and problem-solving activities.
  • Learn about crime prevention and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), and be able to deliver this valuable information to communities.
  • Conducting follow-up contacts with crime victims.
  • Providing information and assistance at special events.
  • Performing routine office duties such as answering phones, filing, scheduling, data entry, etc.
  • Participating in activities that provide exposure to varied aspects of police work​.
  • Attend court with an officer and participate in Ride-alongs.
  • Assist the Department with community or special events as directed by the program supervisor.



Minimum Standards<div class="ExternalClass06F81ED7249B41DF98FF1DD56D66B20D"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> <strong>​Minimum Standards:</strong> <ul><li>Must be a U.S. citizen.<br><br></li><li>​Be enrolled at an accredited university.<br><br></li><li>Be at minimum seventeen (17) years of age.<br><br></li><li>Be a High School Graduate or have earned a GED.<br><br></li><li>Live within a 45-mile radius of the CMPD Central Headquarters Building, and throughout employment as a Cadet, continue residing within this 45-mile radius.<br><br></li><li>Be able to commit up to twenty-eight (28) hours per week.<br><br></li><li>Have a valid driver's license.<br><br></li><li>A current College or University Student, taking a minimum 12 semester hours and maintaining a minimum 2.0 ("C") average per grading period.<br><br></li><li>​Has not committed or been convicted of any felony or serious misdemeanors<br><br></li><li>Pass an extensive background investigation including a polygraph examination, medical examination, and drug screening<br><br></li><li>Certain past drug use will result in disqualification. Marijuana usage in the last 6 months or usage of Schedule I drugs and other drugs in the past 10 years.</li></ul>​ <br><br> </div></div>
Application Process<div class="ExternalClassF34A249C6D0844AAA82D7600C57C6201"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> ​Please note: the following steps are a general overview of the steps to being hired for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The hiring process typically takes 4-5 months.<br><br><strong>1. ONLINE APPLICATION</strong> <ul> CMPD posts job openings for the position of Police Cadets based on the needs of the department. Follow our website at www.CMPD.org for the announcement and job opening period.<br><br>Applicants can also follow us on twitter or facebook for announcements and information. Applicants are also encouraged to review the <a href="/HR/Documents/How%20to%20Apply%20for%20Jobs.pdf">“How to Apply”</a> link prior to the open application date. Reminder <strong>DO NOT</strong> complete the City Application using a Tablet, Smartphone, or iPad! You will not be able to see all the fields that are required for you to complete the application.</ul>​<br><br><strong>2. LETTER OF INTEREST & RESUME</strong> <ul> A <strong style="text-decoration:underline;">letter of Interest</strong> specifying reason for applying, areas of interest, career goals, and skill sets possessed that could be applied toward the needs of various divisions and a current <strong style="text-decoration:underline;">resume</strong> should be submitted via email to <a href="mailto:youthprograms@cmpd.org">youthprograms@cmpd.org</a>.</ul> <br> <br> <strong>3. TESTING</strong> <ul> Selected applicants will be invited to participate in the Job-Related Physical Abilities Test (JRPAT). <br><br>Applicants should <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruUO9oa0OIU&feature=youtu.be">watch this youtube video</a> for the requirements for the physical fitness test (JRPAT).</ul>​​​ <br> <br>​<strong>4. INTERVIEW</strong> <ul> Candidates who pass the physical fitness tests will be invited for a formal interview.</ul> <br> <br> <strong>5. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION</strong> <ul> Applicants selected to continue in the hiring process will undergo a thorough background investigation to ensure the applicant meets all state, city and department standards.</ul> <br> <br> <strong>6. POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION</strong> <ul> Applicants will be subject to a polygraph examination as part of the hiring process.</ul> <br> ​<br> <br>​​ </div></div>
Benefits<div class="ExternalClass9165E6FD6C544548A5DE4DC6DCD558E1"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> <strong>Benefits:</strong><br> <ul><li>Paid $16.00/hour </li> <br> <li>Flexible Schedule </li> <br> <li>May be eligible for tuition assistance once Cadets graduate from the CMPD Police Academy based on the Departments Policy</li> <br> <li>Program may be used toward Internship Credit ** </li> <br> <li>​Cadets may apply to become CMPD Officers when they graduate or turn 21 years of age </li></ul> <br> <br> </div></div>
What Former and Current Cadets say about the Program<div class="ExternalClass5DEC77FDA76140608B2CEA90EE5FC040"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> “The Cadet Program has given me an opportunity to view the police in a new light. They are teachers, motivators, and friends.  I have learned that working with others is necessary to get things done. I have also learned that responsibility and reliability are key in order to be a good cadet.” -<em>CMPD Cadet, 2011<br><br></em>“I have been a Police Cadet for two years.  The pay is good. Having college paid for is a great financial help, and the extremely flexible hours are great for full-time college students.  Although the previous three benefits are more than sufficient, much more can be obtained through the Cadet program.  Experience acquired through this program is of utmost importance.  [The program] provides an excellent foundation of knowledge, a diverse work and personality environment for improved interaction with the public, and a well-rounded job description to enable increased performance for a future career in the CMPD.” <em>- CMPD Cadet, 2011<br><br></em>"It's a job and responsibility. I learned how to work well with others to achieve goals and have formed close friendships with those I work with. Some Cadets have worked with each other for years and look upon each other as friends who can count on one another on or off the clock.  I have built friendships with officers and have benefited from the insight I have gained on law enforcement. This hands-on program allows me to work in the community with officers to achieve different community goals." -<em>Cadet 2004<br><br></em>"The Cadet program allowed me to become familiar with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and to meet officers. I was able to work with officers on a regular basis and see what the job of a CMPD Officer is all about."  -<em>Cadet December 1998; CMPD Police Academy Graduate November 2003<br></em> <br><br><br>​ </div></div>
How To Get Involved<div class="ExternalClassAC8484859B0E4A0595DD9C733BB42112"><div style="margin-left:4px;margin-right:4px;"> The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department employs a maximum of 20 Cadets at any one time. If you have any questions please contact:<br><br>Officer <a href="mailto:rbotzenmayer@cmpd.org">Ryan Botzenmayer</a><br>​​​​​Community Services and Youth Division<br>601 East Trade Street<br>Charlotte, NC 28202<br><br><a href="https://www.jobapscloud.com/oec/Charlotte/" title="apply for a Cadet position" target="_blank"><strong>Cadet Application Process</strong></a><strong>​ can be accessed through City Job Aps. Please fill out the CMPD Cadet Interest Form and you will be notified once the process opens again​.</strong><br><br><br><strong><em>**Special Note:</em> <br></strong>Students must seek out information from their individual school on using the Cadet Program as an Internship.  In addition, this program is designed to allow the student to work for a longer period of time than the traditional Internship.  Call for more details. <br> <br><br>​ </div></div>


A position as Cadet does not guarantee a future position as a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer. ​