Cornelius Police Department - A Career, Home, and Lifestyle
Cornelius Police Department is always seeking candidates to serve our community. The process is lengthy, comprehensive and selective. The ideal candidate will have a good moral compass, strong problem-solving skills,the ability to work well in a team environment, and above all a strong sense of community service. If this describes you, review these requirements and apply below.


  • Must provide Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Certificate
  • Provide a valid driver's license, as well as, provide a birth certificate and Social Security Card
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED

About the Town of Cornelius

Cornelius is a suburb of Charlotte, located in the northern part of Mecklenburg County,  and is home to 31,000 residents. Cornelius is 15 square miles and borders 70 miles of shoreline on Lake Norman. The lake attracts a numbers of residents and visitors for recreation and leisure activities during the summer. Cornelius is also home to many boat marinas, restaurants, and lakeside parks. 
Recreation and culture is important to residents and visitors. Ten public parks are scattered throughout town in addition to an Arts Center that features the works of students and local artists. Cornelius is predominately residential and is a great place to live, work, and play.

About the Cornelius Police Department
Cornelius Police Department
The Cornelius Police Department is an internationally accredited department through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Over the last six decades the Department has expanded from one Police officer during the 1940s to over 60 sworn personnel, 20 civilians and a core of volunteers today. The Department is composed of three divisions, which include: Field Operations, Administration, and Support Services.
The Administration Division is responsible for the overall operation of the Department, fiscal management, surveillance, and planning and analysis. The Field Operations Division includes the Uniform Patrol and Investigations Units, and is responsible for investigating and providing a fundamental response to incidents of crime. Support Services provides a variety of services that support the Field Operations Division that help strengthen relationships and partnerships in the community. Support Services is also responsible for providing the public with Animal Control and dispatch services. The Department has a Community Policing philosophy and continues expanding services to ensure that Cornelius is a safe place to live, work, and play.

Cornelius Police Department Opportunities

Career development is a priority at the Cornelius Police Department. A number of specialized opportunities exist for personnel to advance in their law enforcement careers.
  • Patrol Officer
  • K-9 Officer
  • Lake Patrol
  • Bike Patrol
  • Special Response Team (SRT)
  • School Resource Officer (SRO)
  • Investigations
  • Vice & Narcotics
  • Crime Reduction Unit
  • And more


  • Competitive Salary
  • Incentives for Higher Education and Experience
  • Retirement Plan (Employee and Town Contributed)
  • Sick Leave, Vacation Leave, and paid Holidays
  • Health, Life, and Dental Insurance
  • Specialized Training On and Off Site
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Professional Development
  • Take Home Vehicle Policy