Partnering Instructor

Michael Harris, Captain


With over 25 years of law enforcement experience with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in Charlotte, NC, Mike has spent most of his career in narcotics investigations and tactical operations. He also spent time as a sergeant leading violent crime investigations and leading patrol level tactical units prior to being promoted to Captain.

Mike has held command-level positions in patrol, investigations, and SWAT and most recently filled an administrative role in the department managing the body-worn camera program with approximately 3,500 cameras.  He also handles the legal aspects of the release of videos to the public and has testified in district, state, and federal courts as a subject matter expert on body-worn cameras. His role also encompasses all aspects of officer-involved shooting cases related to body-worn camera video and studying and analyzing those videos for investigations and potential civil litigation. 

Mike leads the employee intervention system for the department’s 1,900 sworn employees and over 500 civilian employees to improve employee wellness and productivity.  He also manages the department’s CALEA accreditation and inspections, along with policy management and standards.

Mike attended the Senior Management Institute for Policing (SMIP) through PERF and is a graduate of Boston University, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.