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Salary and Benefits

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

  • Police Cadet—$31,661
  • Police Officer—$58,918
  • Lateral Police Officer—$63,076
  • Police Officer First Class:
    • Five years—$70,373
    • 11 years—$87,923
    • 17 years—$100,971
    • 24 years—$112,041

Cadets and Officers receive longevity pay increases.

Benefits include:

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Health, dental, vision benefits
  • Promotional opportunities
  • Nightshift differential
  • Specialty pay for certain assignments
  • Equipment and uniforms supplied
  • Paid vacation, sick, military leave
  • Police Academy and other professional training
  • Life insurance
  • Pre-tax investments
  • 25-year retirement
  • Credit union services
  • Educational assistance—Note: Employees may receive 70 to 80 percent tuition reimbursement following successful completion of pre-approved courses related to position. Amount of reimbursement and fiscal year dollar limitations vary with bargaining group.

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 and vehicles in front of the Historic Court House
  • Pass a written examination
  • Pass a physical agility test (Police Officer and Lateral 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 and Lateral 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 and Missing Persons
  • SWAT
  • Special Victims
  • Vice and Narcotics
  • K-9
  • Hostage Negotiation
  • Financial and Cyber Crimes
  • Dignitary Protection
  • Fugitive and Warrant Apprehension
  • Community Outreach

The Baltimore County Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

Revised July 26, 2022         


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