CMPD Hiring Process & Job Overview:

Average Salary, Jobs, Application Process & More

The Top 4 Important Things You
Need to Know About Working For CMPD

6.5% Raise

Although small compared to other agencies in the area with similiar size, CMPD got a 6.5% raise in pay in 2018. It is a far cry from the 15% the police union was targeting

Salary Bump

As a result of the 6.5% raise, starting pay for new police officer is $46,350 and if an officer have a 4-year degree from an accredited Univ. the salary jumps to $51,000.

Lateral Transfer

CMPD is one of the few departments that value applicants with prior experience giving transfers 4-6 weeks of training compared to several months for a new recruit

Declining Raises

officers are eligible for 5% raises each year for several years. But after five years on the force, raises decrease to 2.5% — a point of frustration for some mid-career officers.

How to be a cop For CMPD

CMPD Looking to Attract More Applicants

Note: CMPD will require that you pass a comprehensive background check before becoming a cop for BPD

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Proof of a U.S. high school diploma or GED
  • Must possess English language proficiency
  • Successfully pass the background check
  • Successfully pass all stages of the selection process
  • No Felony Convictions
  • OWI/DUI conviction within the last 5 Years
  • Lying during the selection process
  • dishonorable discharge from the armed forces
  • Poor moral character
  • Marijuana usage in the last 12 months
  • Failure to pass the drug screen
  • Schedule I drug usage & other drugs in the past 10yrs.
  • Any Felony Convictions & serious Misdemeanors

CPMD Career Advancement Units?

  • Community Patrol
  • Felony Investigations
  • Vice and Narcotics
  • SWAT
  • Lake Enforcement
  • Helicopter Unit
  • Detectives
  • Canine/K9 Unit

How Much Money Will I Make at CMPD?

  • *salary does not reflect overtime, career promotion, longevity, shift premium, educational or bi-lingual incentives, bonuses, overtime,  etc.
Starting Salary- NO Degree
*$46,350+ Annually
Salary W/ 4yr Degree
*$51,000+ Annually
Lateral Transfer W/ 2yrs Exp.
*$47K-52K+ per Year
Lateral Transfer W/ 3yrs Exp.
*$49K-54K+ per Year
Lateral Transfer W/ 4yrs Exp.
*$52K-57K+ per Year
Lateral Transfer W/ 5yrs Exp.
*$54K-60K+ per Year
Lateral Transfer W/ 6yrs Exp.
*$57K-63K+ per Year
Lateral Transfer W/ 7yrs Exp.
*$60K-66K+ per Year
Lateral Transfer W/ 8+yrs Exp.
*$63K-69K+ per Year

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Police Job Interview Tips

If you want to become a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer and want some good police interview tips, then you’ve come to the right website. 

The impression you make during the initial oral board interview will likely determine if you get hired or not. Things like courtesy, alertness, and self confidence are very important during  the CMPD interview process.

You Conduct During the Interview

Your overall body language, promptness, and general knowledge of police work  are extremely important. I encourage you to speak in a self assured tone of voice, smile occasionally, look the raters in the eye as you listen and speak. Sit relaxed in a natural posture, don’t arch your back or sit ramrod straight.

Work history Questions

The panel will likely review your application just prior to the time you enter the interview room. Remember the overall accuracy of your application is reflective of you.

You should expect questions concerning your work history and experience kind of like this…

  • Will you tell the panel how your work experience, training and/or volunteer work has helped you prepare for this line of work?
  • What training and/or work experience has best prepared you for a career in law enforcement and, why?

Responding to questions about your work experience

In responding to the questions above, you may reach back  to your previous or current job experience (military experience is okay) to answer the question. Experiences in the educational level or training situations are good, volunteer work experiences are even better, and also experiences in the day to day life.

Be Clear, and Concise

Be prepared to articulate what you have learned from your experiences, good and bad. Try to stay clear of short “yes” or “no” answers whenever possible. Expand on your answers by giving more information, which is often helpful in showing how you qualify for the position.

Avoid rambling

It is also important to know when to stop answering a question. You should avoid saying the same thing over and over, rambling, or giving volunteering information that is unrelated to the question. Be concise, accurate and to the point.

If you don’t understand a particular question, ask the panel to repeat the question. If you’re describing your best qualities, give solid examples and describe how these qualities have helped you and benefited your past employers.

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