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Image of BCoPD Recruitment poster.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 current or recently retired police officer, you can apply with the Baltimore County Police Department. We are now hiring lateral police officers.

As of July 1, starting annual salary for lateral officers is $58,114. 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 here.

The Baltimore County Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

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 current or recently retired 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 $55,533.00. 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 here.

The Baltimore County Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

On this date in 1874, 144 years ago, the Maryland Legislature approved what became Chapter 374 of the Laws of Maryland, authorizing the Baltimore County Commissioners to "appoint such number of policemen as they may deem advisable...," thus establishing the Baltimore County Police Department.

That number was not to exceed thirty officers. Starting pay was two dollars per day, with the exception of mounted police officers, who received three dollars per day but had to supply and sustain their own horse and riding equipment. They were expected to work seven days a week until 1912 when officers were finally given 12 days off per year. There was no formal training for police officers until 1939 when a one week training program was instituted. According to historical census data from the Maryland State Department of Planning the population of Baltimore County was around 25,000 in 1870.

Today, Baltimore County Police Department is the 18th largest police agency in the nation with more than 1900 sworn officers serving a population of over 831,000 and growing (per 2016 estimated census data). Starting pay for a sworn officer is $50,043 or about $137 per day. Officers must pass a rigorous 27-week training program. They've also been given a couple extra days off.

To learn more about the history of the Baltimore County Police Department view the history page on our website.

To learn more about becoming a Baltimore County Police Officer or to apply click here.

To learn about the Baltimore County Police Cadet program or to apply click here.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017