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CMPD Headquarters at 601 East Trade Street

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.

Charlotte Quick Facts

Posted Population:

    760,643 City of Charlotte
    962,359 Mecklenburg County
    813,870 CMPD jurisdiction

Total Square Miles:
    303 City of Charlotte
    546 Mecklenburg County
    438 CMPD jurisdiction

CMPD Employees:
    1,849 sworn
    452 civilian
    486 volunteers
    31 Reserve Officers

About CMPD:
  • CMPD is the largest law enforcement agency in Mecklenburg County and the largest police department between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.
  • More than half of CMPD’s employees have at least a bachelor’s degree and 70 percent have some college.
  • CMPD has a rich history that dates back more than 140 years. Before CMPD was formed in 1993, separate Charlotte Police and Mecklenburg County Police departments existed.

About Charlotte:
  • Charlotte is the seventeenth largest U.S. City 
  • Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte was named in honor of the German Princess Charlotte of
    Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III of England 
  • 1.6 million people visit the city each year
  • 2nd largest banking center in the United States
  • Home to eight Fortune 500 company headquarters, with more than 273 Fortune 500 companies
    placing one or more facilities within Mecklenburg County
  • Fifth Fastest Growing Metro 2000-2012 (March 2013, U.S. Census)
  • Fourth Fastest Growing City Since Recession (June 2013,
  • Eighth Best City for Jobs (May 2013,
  • Rated First in Best Employee Engagement (April 2013, Forbes)
  • Third fastest growing city for technology jobs
  • Fourth fastest growing job market out of comparable cities 

                                            Source: Charlotte Chamber of Commerce 2013