Do you have a Lateral Transfer Program?
Yes. A qualifying lateral transfer agency is defined as “any law enforcement agency whose job functions closely resemble that of an officer with the Concord Police Department.” Corrections, detention (sworn or non-sworn), probation/parole, security and dispatching (sworn or non-sworn) do not qualify as prior law enforcement experience for the purposes of a lateral entry. If a determination is to be made as to whether a law enforcement agency qualifies for lateral entry, that decision will rest with the Chief of Police. Only full-time sworn experience will be accepted.
In addition to receiving credit for years of service, lateral entry officers will also receive credit for training that they have completed and accredited college degrees they have obtained.
Lateral transfers may qualify for an increase of up to 15.0% over minimum pay depending on training, experience and education (which totals approximately $45,000 a year). Lateral transfers qualify for all the same benefits listed in the salary and benefits section.
I have a law enforcement certification from another state, is it accepted in North Carolina?
Qualified applicants with law enforcement certifications from other states (upon approval by the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission), may be eligible to receive a probationary law enforcement certificate and may only have to complete certain sections of Basic Law Enforcement Training in order to take the state exam. More information on out of state transfers can be found here.
Is completion of Basic Law Enforcement Training required to apply?
BLET is not a requirement, however it is preferred. Under certain circumstances CPD will hire a candidate and send them to BLET. If selected, CPD will pay the candidate during BLET as well as pay for all associated costs. All applicants without BLET certification are highly encouraged to research the BLET requirements before submitting an application for a police officer position. CPD does offer BLET sponsorships, which is a requirement for each enrolled student.
How do I apply for employment with the Concord Police Department?
To begin the application process, click on the “Apply Now” button anywhere within our recruiting website.
How long does the hiring process take from start to finish?
A typical hiring process takes 2-3 months from the initial application to a candidate starting employment with the department.
What is the salary for a police officer? (Effective June 1, 2019)
||$38,993 - $65,508
|Master Police Officer:
||$44,448 - $69,049
||$52,416 - $89,885
Is there a residency requirement?
CPD does not have a residency requirement. However, we do offer a take home car for employees that live within Cabarrus County. The State of North Carolina requires that you live in the state to become certified as a police officer.
How many officers does the Concord Police department have?
CPD has 185 sworn officer positions and over 20 civilian positions.
What type of shifts do most officers work?
Patrol officers are assigned to 12 hour shifts.
Shifts are 7a-7p, 7p-7a, or 12p-12a
Officers are provided the opportunity to request a shift or district through an annual bid process.
How long is field training?
Lateral transfers typically spend 8-10 weeks with a Field Training Officer.
Officers with no prior experience will typically spend 16 weeks with a Field Training Officer.
Does Concord have Specialized Units?
CPD has several specialized units including: school resource officer, traffic safety, SWAT, airport patrol, K-9, bicycle patrol, crime scene, vice & narcotics, criminal investigations, street crimes, mobile field force, mounted patrol and drone aviation. Refer to the organization chart on the "Why Concord?" page.
Most specialized units require a minimum of 1 year on patrol in order to be eligible to apply for a transfer. Some specialized units such as SWAT and Mobile Field Force may require more time. Openings for specialized assignments are filled through a competitive process for all interested/eligible officers.
Does Concord have secondary employment opportunities?
Yes, CPD has a wide selection of opportunities and officers are encouraged to participate in secondary employment as their schedule allows. The current secondary employment rate of pay for officers is $30.00 per hour with a 4 hour minimum. Secondary employment that involves traffic direction is rated at $35.00 per hour with a 4 hour minimum. In addition to secondary employment, officers are continuously participating in events happening around the city. Examples include, NASCAR races, NHRA events, Christmas Tree Lighting/Christmas Parade, Halloween Candy Crawl, Summer Downtown Concert Series, and numerous others. We also have some seasonal opportunities that pay up to $50 an hour.
Does Concord have/provide extra training for officers?
Yes, CPD is very proactive when providing extra training to our officers. Above and beyond the state mandated 24 hours of in-service training, Chief Gacek encourages officers to seek training that will help improve their skills and make them more well-rounded officers. The City of Concord also offers employees a career development program. Employees who have completed their probationary period are encouraged to participate. Employees who wish to participate are required to complete a set number of training and wellness activity hours each year to satisfy the requirements. Two percent raises (2%) are currently given each fiscal year to employees that satisfy the requirements of the program. This is an addition to a merit based raise each year.
Does CPD allow tattoos?
Yes, however, CPD does have a tattoo policy that states tattoos shall not be offensive, disruptive, or give the appearance of bias to the public. Inappropriate tattoos may be covered up or concealed by the uniform while on duty. Chief Gacek will determine if a tattoo is in violation of department policy.
Does the Concord Police Department partner with the community it serves?
Yes, CPD believes in an evidence-based community policing philosophy. The department maintains relationships with each of the many recognized neighborhoods throughout the city and participates in various community events throughout the year such as: National Night Out, National Coffee with a Cop Day, Youth Police Academy, Citizens Police Academy, Concord 101, public crime and safety meetings, and many more.