POLICE Department

Meet CPD

Why I serve

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Steven Zollars

"I was not hired by an agency when I went through Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET), so when I graduated I was kind of like a free agent. I was in the hiring process with three different agencies, including the Concord Police Department. I eventually picked Concord because I felt at home here. I had met several people from this agency while I was in BLET and I liked the positive and general good attitudes they possessed. I felt like I fit in with the values of the agency and it was somewhere I could make a career. Since then, nothing has changed for me. It remains a perfect sized agency because it’s small enough that you know most everyone who works here but it’s large enough that you get the benefits of a mid-sized agency. I can’t imagine working anywhere else."

- Master Police Officer Steven Zollars

John Parker

"My name is John Parker and I am currently a Patrol Sergeant.  I have worked for the Concord Police Department for twelve years.  I chose to work here after speaking to recruiters at a larger department and feeling like I was just going to be another number there.  The people at Concord are friendly and personable.  Concord Police Department offers me a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement.  There are a wide range of areas to work in from patrol to investigations, traffic, field training, school resource, etc.  There are also opportunities for advancement.  We have the latest equipment and some good training opportunities.   We also offer career development that allows you to get pay raises for going to training and applying that training in field performance.  The people are friendly and bend over backwards to help you.  A career here can be very rewarding."

- Sergeant John Parker

Nicole Johnson

"Initially, the reason that I chose to apply with the Concord Police Department was because I lived in Concord, but more importantly, I knew other officers from the department and they all seemed to enjoy working here so that was my biggest indication that I too, would be happy here.  Being a Police Officer for the City of Concord has been a blessing and one of the best decisions that I have ever made; I only wish that I had done so sooner. The city’s population and continued growth also spurs growth in our agency, which in turn, provides more opportunities for officers to experience the many facets of law enforcement.  Currently, I am a School Resource Officer and absolutely love coming to work every day. When I decided that it was time to leave patrol in order to gain a new experience and different perspective, it was extremely difficult, but now I find the same to be of my current position. In any instance, one thing remains the same; the people that I have come to work with, to know and to serve, have always helped me to understand why it is that I decided to undertake the responsibility of being a police officer and everything that it encompasses. It sound so cliché but to protect and serve, and being able to make difference in the process is one of the perks of being a police officer with the City of Concord."

- Officer Nicole Johnson

Scott Medlin

"I chose to work for the Concord Police Department because while I was growing up in Concord I met some exceptional Concord Police Officers and was grateful they were the ones catching the criminals.  I had the desire to be that person who could respond to emergencies.  As I grew older and decided I wanted to be a Police Officer I chose Concord Police Department because the patrol officers could do a variety of work ranging from answering calls to serving warrants.  I am currently a School Resource Officer at Concord Middle School.  My main focus is to keep the staff and students safe, and also try to be a positive role model for the students.  I have personally gained self-confidence while working at the Concord Police Department, and that was during my time as a K9 Officer in which the department and victims depended on me and the dog to catch criminals.  Also, I was provided personal and professional support from the Department during a family conflict. This demonstrated that the Department cares about its employees.  Throughout the remainder of my career at the Concord Police Deprtment I want to seek opportunities to broaden my interactions with people, and apply myself within the different aspects of policing."

- Master Police Officer Scott Medlin

ASSIGNMENTS

Patrol

The Patrol Bureau is the first line of response provided by the Concord Police Department. Under the command of Deputy Chief Jimmy Hughes, the Patrol Bureau is responsible and accountable for leadership, performance, efficiency, and general good conduct of the department. Deputy Chief Hughes delegates responsibilities of patrol as prescribed by the Chief of Police.

Operations

The Operations Bureau is be responsible for providing operational support to the Patrol Bureau via a variety of specialized teams, intervention strategies, and tactics. Commanded by Major Bobby Ledwell, this bureau partners with patrol, schools, and the community and works collaboratively to reduce the levels of crime, fear, and disorder in neighborhoods; improve the quality of life for Concord’s citizens, visitors, and businesses; and have a positive and lasting impression on the lives of student aged youth.

Administration

The Administration Bureau of the Concord Police Department consists of Major Keith Eury and such support staff as  deemed necessary by the Chief of Police. The Administration Bureau is responsible for numerous aspects of the department outside of normal patrol and investigative functions. The bureau reviews policies and procedures to ensure they are up to date with current laws and court rulings. Budget oversight remains a major component of the Administration Bureau, as it continues to be responsible for budget management and preparation. Other responsibilities of the Administration Bureau include: staffing, grants, facilities management, information and vehicle technology, strategic planning, career development program, secondary employment, and the administering and planning of promotional processes.

TRAINING & ADVANCEMENT

We value you as an officer and want to invest in your future! Not only do we pay for approved training, we pay you to attend and approved training can be used to complete Career Development requirements in order to obtain a 2% raise each year.

The Concord Police Department officers receive many hours of paid annual training through in-service and individual training. Officers will attend in-service training when it is offered department wide several times throughout the year. Additionally, officers will have the opportunity to attend enhanced law enforcement training provided through the community college system, the NC Justice Academy, and through internal and external resources.

POLICE RIDE ALONG

We encourage all applicants interested in gaining employment with us to schedule an appointment to ride-along with us on patrol and take a tour of our facilities.

MEET OUR COMMUNITY

The City of Concord was founded in 1796, was incorporated in 1806, and is the seat of Cabarrus County.

Concord is located in the southern piedmont region of North Carolina and is situated near other diverse and historical cities such as Charlotte, Kannapolis, Huntersville, and Salisbury. Concord’s central location in the state offers its residents a short drive to enjoy the mountains or the beaches of North Carolina.

Concord’s current population exceeds 90,000, and represents one of the fastest growth rates in North Carolina. With over 60 square miles, Concord is one of the largest cities in North Carolina by land area.

Many well-known national companies, such as Amazon, S & D Coffee, Sysco Food Distributors, various NASCAR teams, and other businesses call Concord home. It also boasts the state’s top tourism attraction in Concord Mills Mall. This regional shopping complex includes 480 stores and is one of the largest shopping malls on the east coast.

Concord has a pleasant combination of traditional values and progressive change. Residents enjoy the “small town” atmosphere with all the amenities of a thriving and growing city. There are many attractions in the city, such as the Rocky River Golf Course, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Z Max Dragway, several parks and greenways, numerous restaurants, and Historic Downtown Concord, that provide a wide array of activities for residents and visitors to enjoy. The Cabarrus County School System is one of the best in the state and residents benefit from an abundance of top healthcare providers. Simply put, Concord is a great place to live, work, and play.