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About CMPD
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is an organization with an impeccable reputation of excellence, integrity, and service. Comprised of more than 1,800 sworn officers and 400 civilian employees, 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. If you believe you have what it takes to positively impact the community, we want you to you to join our ranks.

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.

CMPD Recruitment Mission Statement
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Recruitment Division is committed to recruiting, assessing, and hiring the best suited and qualified applicants to meet the needs of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community and the CMPD. The CMPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe our employees should be reflective of the community they serve.

New Recruits
We will be accepting applications for our police trainee process from the 1st through the 10th of each month throughout 2020. For more information about the hiring process, available Recruitment personnel can be reached at 704-432-1603 during normal business hours.For general questions or to receive a reminder email for the next open application process, contact Sgt. Miller at

Applicants can also follow us on facebook or twitter for announcements and information. Applicants are also encouraged to review the “How to Apply” link prior to the open application date. For application tips. Reminder DO NOT complete the City Application using a Tablet, Smartphone, MAC or iPad! You will not be able to see all the fields that are required for you to complete the application.

Compensation + Benefits

If you are interested in serving the community through a career with amazing benefits, you should consider joining the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

bullet point graphicCompetitive Salary (Police Trainee starting pay: $45,081)

bullet point graphicPaid training time

bullet point graphicWeekly Pay check

bullet point graphic10 percent incentive pay for 4-year college degree

bullet point graphic5 percent incentive pay for 2-year college degree

bullet point graphic5 percent incentive pay for proficiency in any of 5 second languages

bullet point graphicUniforms and equipment provided

bullet point graphicVarious medical benefit plans to choose from as an employee, including Heath Savings Accounts, which can be used for future retiree medical expenses

bullet point graphic6 weeks paid parental leave

bullet point graphicEducational Tuition Reimbursement Program for continuing education

bullet point graphic401K with 5% of salary contributed by City of Charlotte