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Lateral Police Trainee #2003-310100-02

Police Trainee

Date Opened
Monday, March 30, 2020 8:00 AM
Close Date
Open Until Filled
  • $60,052+ based on years of experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is a highly respected law enforcement agency, both in our community and nationally. Our progressive department provides exciting opportunities for law enforcement professionals to develop partnerships with our citizens in order to prevent the next crime, and to enhance the quality of life within our community always treating people with fairness and respect.  The department employs nearly 2,000 sworn officers and over 500 civilians serving a jurisdiction with close to 1 million people. Our employees are men and women from diverse backgrounds interested in meeting the needs of and serving an equally diverse community.  The men and women of the CMPD are committed to providing the very best service possible and maintaining the high level of confidence this community has in us.


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


Public Safety


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is looking to recruit in-state and out-of-state lateral Police Officers.  We are 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 the citizens of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Experience such as: Federal Law Enforcement, Corrections Officer, Probation Officer, Park Ranger, Security Officer, Detention Officer, Jailer, College and Campus Security, etc., as determined by our department, will not be considered.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Possess essential skills related to written & oral communication, critical thinking, and problem solving/analytical skills
  • Ability to work with diverse community
  • Complete reports and provide testimony in court
  • Work with community leaders and members on crime reduction projects
  • Assist in developing crime reduction programs upon becoming Police Officer
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Click Here for a detailed list of essential job functions.

ADA and Other Requirements
Positions in this class typically require: stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Graduate or Equivalent
  • Be U.S. Citizen
  • Possess or have ability to obtain valid NC or SC Driver's License
  • Have not committed or been convicted of any Felony offense or serious Misdemeanor offense
  • Have not committed or been convicted of DWI or DUI during preceding five years
  • Pass entry level written examination
  • Pass entry level physical ability test
  • Must be able to wear a gas mask and pass an OSHA fit test
  • Pass extensive background investigation
  • Honorable Military Discharge, if applicable
  • Be approved by Civil Service Board
  • Normal Color Vision
  • Minimum corrected visual acuity of 20/30 binocularly
  • Pass pre-employment Drug Screening Test


  • $60,052+ based on full years of experience
    • 5% incentive for Associate's degree
    • 10% incentive for Bachelor's degree

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.