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Do You Have What It Takes?
As Charlotte, NC, continues to grow, so does the need for excellent law enforcement professionals. Whether you are considering a future in public service, or are an experienced officer interested in exploring new opportunities, a rewarding career path starts here.


Our Organization
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is an organization with an impeccable reputation of excellence, integrity, and service. CMPD implements solutions and expands collaborative relationships within our organization and community to enhance trust, fairness and respect, to increase public safety. Comprised of more than 1,900 sworn officers, 500 civilian employees and 600 volunteers, we are always actively recruiting qualified men and women who have a passion to serve. Reducing crime and improving the quality of life for residents are among our top priorities in making Charlotte the safest big city in America.

We recognize that community safety is a shared responsibility which takes great steps in collaborating with residents, neighborhood leaders, and business owners, as well as local and state agencies to reduce crime. We are committed to recruiting, assessing and hiring the best suited and qualified applicants to meet the needs of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community and CMPD. We believe our employees should reflect the community they serve, so we encourage women and candidates of color to apply. If you believe you have what it takes to positively impact the community, we want you to you to join our ranks.


Accelerate Your Career

  • CMPD is one of the largest metropolitan police departments in the Southeast, which translates to increased opportunities for leadership and advancement
  • We offer competitive salaries and benefits, with starting pay of $45,757 for Police Trainees
  • CMPD invests in our recruits, and pays officers-in-training a full-time salary while they attend the Police Academy
  • With 13 different divisions and specialized positions, including SWAT, K-9, aviation and lake patrol, CMPD offers exceptional room for growth/li>

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Connect With Us
We will be accepting applications for our police trainee processes throughout the year. Applications can be submitted at any time, as the application process stays open continuously. For more information about the hiring process, available Recruitment personnel can be reached at 704-432-1603 during normal business hours. For general questions email cmpd_recruitment@cmpd.org. If you are ready to submit an application, you can access the City of Charlotte Job Openings page. If you are not sure which of the three applications to complete: Police Trainee, Intermediate, or Lateral, please review our Frequently Asked Questions page prior to applying.

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Joining CMPD, particularly as a police officer, is a big step. We encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter to receive monthly updates to learn more about CMPD, our officers and the application process.

For an inside look at CMPD, also check out our Recruitment Blog.