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Salary and Benefits

Baltimore County offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Starting salaries:

  • Police Cadet  $26,815
  • Police Officer $51,544
Diversity within the Baltimore County Police Department

Police Officer First Class: $51,544 (five years); $79,154 (11 years); $89,631 (17 years); $101,689 (24 years)

Cadets and Officers receive yearly pay increases.

Benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • 25-year Retirement
  • Paid Vacation, Sick, Military Leave
  • Tax-Free Investments
  • Life Insurance
  • Credit Union Services
  • Equipment and Uniforms
  • Nightshift Differential
  • Promotional Opportunities
  • Police Academy and other Professional Training
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Learn more about Baltimore County's employee benefits.

Job Qualifications

To apply for the Police Officer and Police Cadet job openings, you must meet the following qualifications.

  • Police Officer applicants must be age 21 upon graduating from our six-month police academy.
  • Police Cadet applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire. You can apply at 17 1/2 years of age.

Applicants must:

Baltimore County Police testing chemical suit.
  • Pass a written examination
  • Pass a physical agility test (Police Officer Only)
  • Pass a physical examination
  • Pass a comprehensive background investigation, psychological screening, polygraph examination, and periodic drug testing
  • Have US Citizenship at the time of appointment
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED certificate recognized by the Board of Education of Maryland at the time of the appointment
  • Have less than four points on their driving record
  • Have no felony convictions

Examples of Job Duties

Police Cadet

  • Performs administrative functions in a precinct or specialized police unit
  • Directs traffic, inspects vehicles and issues citations
  • Works undercover to investigate crimes and target criminal activities
  • Communicates through law enforcement radio channels and through computer networks to provide information to officers
  • Provides arrest and warrant information to police officers
  • Assists with crowd control and special events
  • Helps provide security at police facilities

Police Officer

  • Performs general patrol duties in a vehicle and on foot
  • Conducts initial and follow up investigations of crimes and other incidents and events
  • Identifies and determines possible solutions to community crime problems
  • Communicates through law enforcement radio channels and through computer networks to provide information to officers
  • Provides security at police facilities
  • Enforces traffic laws and ordinances and investigates traffic accidents
  • Directs traffic, inspects vehicles and issues citations
  • Arrests and detains persons
  • Processes and monitors prisoners
Baltimore County has specialized units like k9.

Advancement Opportunities

A career with the Baltimore County Police Department offers individuals a chance to experience unlimited professional and personal growth while investigating possibilities for success in a variety of interesting and exciting areas. After two years as a patrol officer, members are eligible to apply for specialized unit assignments.

Specialized Units Include

  • Homicide
  • SWAT
  • Sex Crimes
  • Vice and Narcotics
  • K-9
  • Hostage Negotiation
  • Computer Crimes
  • Dignitary Protection
  • Missing Persons
  • Community Outreach

The Baltimore County Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

Revised January 2, 2019         


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