South Division Patrol Officer Timothy Carr has been with CMPD since September of 2020. He’s currently the fill-in school resource officer at Community House Middle School in Ballantyne. Before that, he served 4 years with the Rock Hill Police Department as a patrol officer and detective.
Learn more about Officer Carr’s move as a lateral officer.
What drew you to law enforcement as a career?
I’ve always wanted to make a difference. There are a lot of things you have to do as a police officer that the general public may not be able to. It means being there for people in their greatest hour of need. Knowing that I can help – I felt a duty to pursue that.
What attracted you to CMPD?
If you can think of the job – CMPD has someone who does that job. The opportunities are endless. We have an aviation unit, boat patrol, K9 unit. The crazy amount of jobs and opportunities that are open to you is huge.
What’s your favorite part of your job as a school resource officer?
Being able to make an impact on kids’ lives. When I remember myself in 6th, 7th & 8th grade, I was really impressionable. The lasting impact you can make by reaching these kids and steering them away from bad decisions, it’s rewarding. I love being a mentor for these kids and being someone they can approach. A lot of times the only interaction young people have with police is with their school resource officers. Depending on how that interaction was, it makes a huge difference in how they view law enforcement. So it’s a big responsibility.
What are the next steps for your career at CMPD?
I would love to be here at the school full-time. I also would love to eventually be in a supervisory role. I’ve always wanted to be the sergeant who helps mold his officers into better officers and better people. It’s a huge deal when you have someone who can be a mentor and be there for you and fight for you. I would love to be that for someone because I’ve had that kind of person in my corner before.
Would you advise other law enforcement officers to transfer to CMPD?
Odds are you’ll have more opportunities and make more money at CMPD. The world is your oyster here. At smaller departments, you may reach a ceiling of what you can do and achieve. You’ll never run out of opportunities at CMPD.
Ready to join Officer Carr and the men and women of CMPD? Whether you’re new to law enforcement or have experience at another organization, expand your career at CMPD.