Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the minimum requirements of your department?
You must be at least 20 years old at the time you enter the process. (Must be 21 on date you enter academy)
You must have a High School diploma or GED. We encourage applicants to have at least an Associate's Degree.
You must be able to obtain a North Carolina OR South Carolina Driver's License, dependent upon your home of residence.
You must be a citizen of the United States.
We require an Honorable Discharge from the military (General Discharges are accepted on case by case basis).
You must pass an extensive background check including: Polygraph Exam, Psychological Screening, Medical Exam & Drug Screening
2. What benefits does the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have to offer me?
Our Police Department's entry level pay for new hires will start at the rate of $43,492. Any adjustments for educational or bi-lingual incentives will take effect upon completion of the Academy or after the 14-week Police Training Officer period has ended.
New hires will start at the rate of $43,492*
A 5% incentive for persons who have a proficiency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Laotian
5% bonus for Associate’s Degree, 10% bonus for Bachelor’s Degree
10 Paid holidays per year
10 to 20 vacation days per year, based on years of service
2 weeks leave for annual reserve military training, one week is paid
Medical / Dental Insurance - City pays a portion of the coverage
Paid life insurance of double annual salary up to $100,000
Eligible for full retirement benefits from the city and state after 30 years of credible service or at age 55 (those employees hired on or after July 1, 2009 are not eligible for retiree medical coverage)
401(k) provided by the city - 5% of salary contributed by the city for sworn personnel
Educational tuition reimbursement
Employee Assistance Program - personal and family counseling
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers are provided with the finest equipment, the best training, and the latest technology available in law-enforcement today
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department supports the National Guard and Reserve.
We encourage our employees to further their education and the City of Charlotte has a tuition reimbursement program.
For personal and family counseling we have an Employee Assistance Program and Police Chaplains of differing religious backgrounds.
3. What type of opportunity does the department offer me?
We offer a challenging and rewarding career with numerous possibilities for you to make a difference in our community. Patrol, Felony Investigations, Vice and Narcotics, School Resource Officer, Lake Enforcement, Helicopter, Violent Crime Task Force, Special Information Bureau, SWAT, Highway Interdiction and Safety, Recruitment and Training, Canine and many more. Our department will provide you with the finest equipment available including a lap-top computer, uniforms, clothing allowance for plain-clothes assignments, in car cameras and unlimited training opportunities at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Academy.
4. What is the City of Charlotte like?
It is a big city with a small town atmosphere. Charlotte is the nation's second largest banking center. We have excellent schools, universities and colleges. It is located centrally between the mountains and the Atlantic coast. Charlotte is the home of several professional sports franchises including the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, and America's premier NASCAR facility- Charlotte Motor Speedway. For more information about Charlotte, visit the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
5. What is the recruiting process like?
The recruiting process begins with submitting a City application, available online through www.cmpd.org during Open Application periods throughout the year. Qualified applicants will then be invited to the entry level written examination. This is a two hour, four part written test consisting of 169 questions. Following the written test, the applicant will take a Job Related Physical Ability Test. Applicants who pass these tests will receive an application packet by mail or instructions on completing the application on-line. Selection of Police Officer applicants is a competitive process. The best qualified applicants will be assigned to a recruiting officer who will conduct a comprehensive background investigation to determine suitability for employment.
6. What does the Job Related Physical Abilities Test (JRPAT) consist of?
1. Run from Cone 1 to Cone 2 (40 ft.) and back (around Cone 1) 2 times
2. Cone 1 to Cone 3 (60 ft.) while completing the following obstacles:
a. 4 foot broad jump
b. Crawl under obstacle (s ft. high)
3. Run from Cone 3 to Roll Drill Station
4. "Roll Drill" 3 repetitions*
5. 15 push-ups (not required to be continuous)
6. "Roll Drill" 3 repetitions*
7. Run from "Roll Drill" station to Cone 3 (60 ft.) while completing the following obstacles:
a. 4 foot broad jump
b. Crawl under obstacle (s ft. high)
8. Run from Cone 3 to steps
9. 30 steps (up and down) on 8 inch step box.
10. "Roll Drill" 3 repetitions*
11. 15 push-ups (not required to be continuous)
12. "Roll Drill" 3 repetitions*
The pass time for this test is 6:00 minutes or less
* Roll Drill
a. Start on top of 100 lb. heavy bag with left knee on mat
b. Roll to right until bag is over body
c. Continue roll in same direction until back on top of heavy bag (complete when right knee touches mat)
d. Perform complete turn to left until left knee touches mat
To view the JRPAT 2018 in its entirety, watch the video on our youtube channel.
7. What are things that can eliminate me from the application process?
Because of the sensitive nature of police work, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has very strict employment standards.
Repeated use of drugs like powder cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, LSD, mushrooms, Methamphetamines, PCP, Ecstasy, GHB and a number of other hard drugs will prevent you from being employed by our department. Certain uses of drugs like steroids and amphetamines can disqualify applicants.
Any use of marijuana during the year prior to application will disqualify an applicant. Other marijuana use is evaluated on a case by case basis. NOTE: The application process BEGINS when you submit your city application.
Our department examines closely the criminal, driving, and credit history of each applicant. Serious criminal offenses, poor driving habits, a credit history which demonstrates a lack of responsibility, a poor work history, or negative references can eliminate an applicant from consideration.
8. Can I Get Started Gathering Documents To Complete My Application Packet?
Yes. Applicants that pass the entry level written examination, and the Job Related Physical Ability Test (JRPAT), will receive an application packet via email to complete. Some of the items are listed below for applicants to begin gathering.
You will include all of these documents in your application packet when you return it to the Recruitment Section:
1. Color photo of yourself, head and shoulders (passport photo)
2. Birth Certificate (1 Photo Copy)
3. Driver's License (1 Photo Copy)
4. Social Security Card (2 Photo Copies). Must be a photocopied from the original card. Copies of metal cards are not acceptable.
5. High School Diploma or GED Certificate with individual test scores. (1 Photo Copy)
6. College Diploma (1 Photo Copy)
7. Marriage Certificate (1 Photo Copy)
8. Divorce Decree (1 Photo Copy)
9. Selective Service Registration Card (1 Photo Copy) for all male applicants between the ages of 18 and 25, regardless of military service. If you have lost your card or have not registered, please visit the Selective Service System web site or call 847-688-6888.
10. Military Discharge Form DD-214 (1 Photo Copy) showing type of discharge
11. Naturalization Papers (1 Photo Copy) if you are a Naturalized U.S. Citizen
12. High School Transcript (1 Certified, Original Copy)
13. College Transcript (1 Certified, Original Copy)
Important: Applicants that have been issued a citation, a criminal summons, or arrested for any criminal offense need to include certified court documents related to the offense along with copies of any associated documents such as Police Reports, arrest reports, citations, summons…etc. These documents are required by the North Carolina Training and Standards Bureau for certification purposes. Court documents can be obtained from the Clerk of Court in the County where the offense occurred. Associated documents can be obtained from the charging agency.
What Else Should I Include?
When completing your application, please remember to:
Include all of your residences since the age of 16
Include every employer for whom you have worked for the last 15 years, even if the business is now closed
Have the F-3 and the Authorization to Release Information Forms notarized (North Carolina Notary)
Review all the information you have provided for accuracy
Failure to provide all requested documents and a completed application will cause delays in the review and processing of your application packet.
Finally many applicants are eliminated from consideration because they have not been "completely" truthful and given full disclosure of all information that we require in our investigation. The integrity of our employees is one of this department's most important Core Values.
We appreciate your interest in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Our department is one of the finest in the United States. If you need clarification or have any additional questions please call 704-432-1603.
The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer