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Lateral Entry Program
Looking for Experienced Officers

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is looking for outstanding certified, sworn law enforcement officers to add to our ranks. We are interested in officers who exhibit integrity, professionalism and dedication to bring their skills and experience to service for our citizens.

The CMPD has a long history of excellence borne out of a commitment to making Charlotte one of the safest large cities in the United States. You will not find a police department with more pride, more talent or more integrity. We invite you to experience what we do – and the difference you can make as a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Apply today!

Specific Qualifications for Lateral Entry:

  • Minimum 2 years, full-time service, with current agency.  Non sworn, part-time and previous experience (outside of current agency) will not be considered. 
  • Non-qualifying experience, such as: federal law enforcement, corrections officer, probation officer, park ranger, security officer, detention officer, jailer, etc., as determined by the department, will not be considered. 

In addition, there are other documents, specific to your current department, training and experience, that you will need in order to complete your application for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.  The following links for currently certified law enforcement officers will give you the information you need to submit a completed application in a timely manner.  

Additional Documents Needed For All Applicants

Questions for  ALL Lateral Entry Officers (Both North Carolina and Out of State)

Requirements for Out of State Certified Law Enforcement Officers ONLY

To obtain information about the Lateral Entry Program, contact Inv. B Ashley-Crump

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.