Applicants must meet the following minimum standards to be considered for employment:
Have a high school diploma or GED. A high school correspondence diploma is not accepted by the state of North Carolina, you must complete the high school equivalency.
Be at least 20 years old at the time of initial application.
Be a United States citizen.
Have or be able to obtain a North Carolina OR South Carolina Driver's License (dependent on your state of residence) AND have a minimum of 2 years driving experience, using a VALID driver's license.
Have not committed or been convicted of a felony.
Have not committed or been convicted of a serious misdemeanor in the preceding five years.
Have not committed or been convicted of Driving While Impaired during the preceding five years.
Have an Honorable Military Discharge; General and Uncharacterized Discharges are evaluated on a case by case basis.
Pass an entry level written examination.
Pass an entry level physical ability test.
Pass an extensive background investigation including psychological examination, polygraph examination, etc.
Pass Medical standards for sworn applicants are based on Medical Screening Guidelines for the Certification of Criminal Justice Officers in the State of North Carolina.
Pass a pre-employment Medical Examination and Drug Screening Test.
Certain past drug use will result in disqualification. Marijuana usage in the last 6 months or usage of Schedule I drugs or cocaine within the past 10 years will result in an automatic disqualification.
Residency Requirements: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department requires that all sworn police officers will reside in North Carolina or South Carolina, and within a 45 mile radius of Police Headquarters (601 E. Trade, Charlotte, NC 28202).
Tattoo policy: Employees are permitted to have visible tattoos, brands or scarification provided they do not violate the conditions outlined in the CMPD policy. Some of these conditions include: no tattoo sleeves or “Tat Jackets;” no tattoos that detract from the professional appearance of the employee or violate the standards of decency and morality; and no tattoos that depict “scorekeeping” related to police activity or signify membership in unofficial law enforcement or militia groups regardless of location on the body. Tattoos that do not meet policy must be covered by clothing that meets the CMPD guidelines, or tattoo covering make-up.
BEARD POLICY: BEARDS ARE PERMITTED AS LONG AS THEY ADHERE TO CONDITIONS OUTLINED IN OUR UNIFORM AND GROOMING STANDARDS POLICY