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Lateral Transfers

CMPD is currently processing in-state and out-of-state certified Police Officer for Lateral Entry.

The next open application for Lateral Entry's will be July 1st - 30th 2016

Apply Here Now!!

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.


Minimum starting pay is $44,110.

Pay is also based on credible years of service!

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.

Specific Qualifications for Lateral Entry:

  • Presently employed with a sworn government law enforcement agency (no break in service).
  • Minimum 2 years, full-time sworn 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.
  • Qualifying departments must be comparable in duties as CMPD.  Agencies whose sole duty is to run a jail or serve warrants is not considered comparable to CMPD.

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. 


**Highway Patrol & State Troopers are NOW ELIGIBLE for our Lateral Entry Program**

For information contact  Inv. Le & Inv. Rivera

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

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.