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:
    903,211 City of Charlotte
    67,091 Uncorporated Mecklenburg County
    970,302 CMPD jurisdiction
Total Square Miles:
    303 City of Charlotte
    546 Mecklenburg County
    411 CMPD jurisdiction
CMPD Employees:
    1,857 sworn
    539 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.

  • The CMPD is a diverse, progressive, service oriented, and technology-driven metropolitan police department.

  • The CMPD is a 29 year organization with a rich history that dates back to 1880. The CMPD was established in 1993 when the separate Charlotte Police and Mecklenburg County Police joined to create one department.

  • The CMPD is organized into the Office of the Chief of Police assisted by four Deputy Chiefs who led the Administrative, Investigative, Patrol, and Special Services Groups. The CMPD has four Patrol Service Areas led by Majors and fourteen Patrol Divisions led by Captains.

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

About Charlotte:
  • Charlotte is the fifteenth 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

  • 7th busiest airport in the world

  • 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

  • Charlotte is a destination for restaurants and nightlife, entertainment venues, and sports teams including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, and Charlotte FC

  • 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