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Integrity, Fairness, and Service are the values followed by over 1,800 Baltimore County police officers. Are you up to the challenge of being a part of one of the most professional law enforcement agencies in the country?

If you are a Maryland certified police officer, you can apply with the Baltimore County Police Department. We are now hiring lateral police officers. Starting annual salary for lateral officers is $53,916.00 with a 3% increase in January 2019. Our officers enjoy competitive benefits, 25-year retirement, and significant career advancement opportunities. To learn more about our Lateral Entry Police Officer requirements and to apply, go online.

The Baltimore County Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

Are you a Maryland Certified Police Officer with two or more years of experience?

Are you looking for a new opportunity?

The Baltimore County Police Department is currently accepting applications for current or retired police officers for the position of lateral entry police officer. Applicants must have a MPCTC (Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions) certification, have been MPCTC certified within the past two (2) years, or retired within the past two (2) years in good standing.

The Baltimore County Police Department is a dynamic organization based on the values of integrity, fairness, and service. Our sworn members patrol over 600 square miles and actively protect a population of 831,200 in Baltimore County, around the clock. Our officers qualify for numerous benefits including medical, dental, and vision benefits, 25-year retirement, and paid leave. Officers also have significant career advancement opportunities. 

To learn more information or to apply for the position of Lateral Entry Police Officer, contact the recruitment office at (410) 887-5542 or go online at

The Baltimore County Police Department is an equal opportunity employer. 

Original release (February 25, 2016  8:30 a.m.):

February is Black History Month. The Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments take this opportunity to recognize African Americans who have been pioneers in these agencies.

Fire Specialist Isaac "Ike" Burke -- the Baltimore County Fire Department's third African American member -- impacted the careers of hundreds of BCoFD members.This collage, with testimonials from many who knew FS Burke, hangs at BCoFD headquarters.

Hired in 1979, FS Burke began his career at the Middle River Fire Station. His influence really began in 1982, when he was assigned to Applicant Investigations, supervising BCoFD's recruitment and hiring. By the time FS Burke retired in 2005, 85 percent of the department's sworn members had been hired under his watch.

FS Burke was a cheerful, optimistic person, well-liked by his colleagues. He handled new hires and prospective employees with tact, firmness and honesty.

FS Burke died, too young, in 2006 after a battle with cancer. His impact on the department is so great that an award has been established in his honor. The Isaac Burke Memorial Award is given to a recruit from each graduating class who exemplfies BCoFD's motto, PRIDE (Professionalism, Resourcefulness, Integrity, Dedication and Education).

Revised June 27, 2017