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Police Academy

The Police Academy is a 27-week academic, physical and practical training program, which introduces recruits to a career in law enforcement. It is a non-residential program located in Dundalk, Maryland. 

The academy is paramilitary in nature and challenges recruits to develop self-discipline, perform under stressful situations, and focus on teamwork. After graduation from the Baltimore County Police Academy, you will be among the most highly trained officers in the country and part of a family of motivated and proud law enforcement officers.


Unless otherwise directed by the Commanding Officer, the working day for the recruits is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Recruits may be required to work scheduled evenings or weekends as directed by their Commanding Officer.


All courses administered by the Recruit Training Team are with the approval of the Maryland Police Training Commission. Some courses taught in the Police Academy are:

  • Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • Administrative Functions
  • Constitutional and Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Criminal Evidence and Investigative Procedures
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Motor Vehicle Law and Procedures
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations
  • Self Defense Tactics
  • Crowd and Riot Control
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Simulated Technical Operational Police Scenarios
  • Interactive Scenario Training
  • First Responder
  • Firearms Training
  • Report Writing

Field Training

After the police academy, new officers will be assigned to one of Baltimore County's ten precincts for field training. Officers will complete eight weeks of on the job training, accompanied by an experienced field training officer. After successful completion of field training, the new officer will receive a permanent assignment. The hours will vary based on the shift assignment of their field training officer.

Training Facility Locations

Baltimore County Police Department
Training Academy at CCBC
7200 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, Maryland  21222

Firearms Training Team – Police Pistol Range
Dulaney Valley and Ivy Church Roads
Timonium, Maryland  21093

Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions
Driver Training Facility
7310 Slacks Road
Sykesville, Maryland 21784

The Baltimore County Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

Revised April 8, 2016         


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