The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is hiring a proud new generation of police to make a powerful and positive impact in one of the country’s largest and most historic cities.
Are you ready to be an agent of change and a champion for the people?
We’re looking for passionate people who believe in constitutional, community-engaged policing and who are committed to protecting the rights of all people.
Get started at bpdrecruit.org
What’s it like to be a Baltimore police officer?
As a uniformed Baltimore Police Officer, you’ll patrol a neighborhood by vehicle or on foot. Because public safety is a 24/7 duty, you’ll work rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and holiday hours. You’ll respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service and promote the safety of the public and of fellow police officers. You'll be a proactive and entrepreneurial member of our department, engaging in community-oriented policing, traffic enforcement, and on occasion, special details. Candidates must meet all administrative requirements.
You’ll receive the latest academic training, preparing you to:
- Maintain your composure in high-stress situations
- Mediate and de-escalate interpersonal conflict
- Make split second-decisions
- Solve problems, creatively and ethically
You will also learn about:
- Constitutional policing for the 21st century
- Baltimore’s diverse communities and cultural competencies
- Federal, state and city laws, statutes and ordinances
What benefits does the BPD offer?
The BPD offers a competitive package that includes:
- A pension after 25 years of service (60% of sworn member’s salary).
- Health insurance with prescription, dental and vision.
- Six-months paid, entry-level Police Academy training.
- Pay incentives for a bachelor’s degree.
- Equipment at no cost.
- An option to participate in the tax-deferred, 457B retirement plan (Deferred Compensation).
- A housing tax credit of up to $2,500 per year for officers who live in the city.
What’s the process to become a police officer?
Applicants must successfully complete the following steps in the hiring process before being hired as a Baltimore Police Officer:
- National Testing Network (NTN) "Frontline National" Test
- Physical Agility Test
- Preliminary Interview
- Background Investigation
- Psychological Examination
- Physical Examination
The form that you complete today is not one of the steps listed above. It’s an online application to determine your eligibility to take the Civil Service Test. If you are a Baltimore City resident, we will provide you with a voucher to access the NTN Frontline National test for free.
We’re looking for candidates with the highest moral and ethical standards. The background investigation will help us determine if you display the necessary morals, honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity to join our ranks. You must pass this phase to proceed to the next step in the candidate selection process.
During the investigation stage, members of the Background Investigations Unit will reach out to employers, family, friends, associates and neighbors. In addition, the investigator will review your work history and speak to co-workers, teachers, and anyone else who can offer insights into your character and fitness for police work.
What are the minimum qualifications?
On or before the date of filing the application, each candidate must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Possess a valid driver's license. Please note, you cannot have any more than 3 points on your license.
- Must be 20 years of age and 9 months upon beginning the academy.
- Must have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certified diploma recognized by the State Board of Education .
- Must not have any current court orders relating to domestic violence.
- Cannot have been dishonorably discharged from the military.
- No felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.
- Misdemeanors must be expunged from criminal record.
- Must not have been arrested for DUI within the past two years (24 months).
Before we make a final job offer, you’ll be required to authorize the release of any criminal conviction information and submit to drug testing.
NOTE: YOUR LICENSE MUST BE RECORDED ON YOUR APPLICATION AND WILL BE VERIFIED BY THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY. PROVISIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSES ARE ACCEPTABLE, BUT LEARNER'S PERMITS ARE NOT.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $55,117.00 - $95,325.00 per year
- High school or equivalent (Preferred)
- Military Experience: 1 year (Preferred)
- Leadership Experience: 1 year (Preferred)
- Driver's License (Preferred)