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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.


Why Join…

  • CMPD is the largest metropolitan police department between Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC, which translates to increased opportunities for growth & advancement
  • Highly progressive organization that is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce
  • Challenging and meaningful career
  • Latest equipment and technology available in law enforcement
  • Specialized assignments, including Patrol, Felony Investigations, Vice and Narcotics, Lake Enforcement, Helicopter, SWAT, Canine, VCAT, Recruitment and Training, School Resource Officer, Motorcycle and many more
  • Preference given to eligible veterans


  • Entry level pay is $ 42,009 (Lateral transfer start at a minimum of $43,791.00)
  • 5% increase for Associate’s Degree
  • 10% increase for Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5% pay incentive for proficiency in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Laotian must pass proficiency test)
  • 5% pay incentive for Police Training Officer (PTO) status
  •  If you are eligible to receive GI Bill Benefits, you may qualify to receive an additional monthly supplement through the Veterans Apprenticeship Training Program


  • Uniforms, shoes and equipment are furnished
  • 10 to 20 vacation days per year (based on years of service)
  • Medical / Dental Insurance - City pays a portion of the coverage
  • Paid life insurance of double annual salary up to $100,000
  • 401(k) provided by the City of Charlotte - 5% of salary contributed by the city for sworn personnel
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program - personal and family counseling
  • Educational tuition reimbursement
  • Eligible for full retirement benefits from the city and state after 30 years of credible service or at age 55
  • 2 weeks leave for annual training for Reservists/National Guard (one week is paid)

To obtain more information about joining the ranks of the best law enforcement has to offer, please contact the CMPD Recruitment Office at 704-432-1603.


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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department                                                           @cmpdrecruitment