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It’s a new year with fresh incentives to help you find your purpose in a career with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

As of Jan. 7, employees who are permanently assigned to regular work on the second, third and fourth shifts earn a 2.5% shift differential incentive.

In addition, employees with eligible military service now earn a 5% incentive on top of base pay.

Both incentives are on top of a 10.5% base pay increase also effective in the new year.

These aren’t the only reasons to consider joining CMPD as a new or lateral recruit. From a $7,500 hiring bonus, to competitive benefits, to support to help you succeed before, during and after police training, these top five posts from 2022 make it easy to see why recruits from across the country choose to accelerate their careers here.

Recruitment Rewind: Your Most-Clicked Stories of 2022

No. 5: 3 Ways to Get Ready to Crush the JRPAT Fitness Test

The JRPAT – short for Job Related Physical Abilities Test – is step 4 in CMPD’s 6-step application process for new and lateral recruits. It combines six cardio and bodyweight exercises in one timed exam.

But recruits should be aware: The JRPAT can be a grueling gauntlet that combines strength and cardio in ways that simulate real on-the-job demands and challenge even the fittest applicants. (Yes, even you.)

Get our state-certified physical fitness instructor’s top three tips to prepare you for a successful test.

No. 4: Keep Your Application Moving: Gather Your Background Documents Now

Whether you’re looking to join CMPD as a new trainee or lateral or intermediate entry, a background investigation will be part of your application process. Though the background check doesn’t come until after you’ve completed your application and multiple-choice test, you can start gathering your documents now to save time later.

See the 12 documents you’ll need to complete your CMPD Background Packet, and helpful tips on how to get them.

No. 3: 9 Ways to Add Up to $37,983 to Your CMPD Officer Base Pay

Considering a path in law enforcement, or already a sworn officer looking for advancement in a lively, growing city?

Joining CMPD could be for you. Entry-level officer pay starts at $51,465, but new and experienced officers’ earning potential doesn’t stop there.

Learn how a range of leadership opportunities, comprehensive training and a number of additional education-, skill-, service- and shift-based incentives can help you earn significantly more per year.

No. 2: We Know How Valuable You Are — Police Officer Hiring Bonus

We know the value of your commitment to serving the Charlotte community. That’s why we offer a $7,500 hiring bonus for all lateral officers and new police recruits.

Read on to get the details about how this incentive is structured to reward you throughout training and after your first year of service with CMPD.

No. 1: New Budget Increases Starting Officer Pay by 9%

If you’ve been waiting for a sign to start your application to join CMPD, this is it.

From a 10.5% increase in starting police officer pay, to a 5% secondary language incentive, to a nation-leading $7,500 hiring bonus, these are our top five reasons to join CMPD as a new or lateral recruit today.

Accelerate your career here

Ready to join the men and women of CMPD? Start your new trainee, lateral entry or intermediate entry application today.