Applicants for the Police Officer and Police Cadet job openings 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.

All applicants must:

  • 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 United States 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

The Baltimore County 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.

Academy classes are scheduled in March, June, September and December. See when the next Baltimore County Police Academy class is scheduled.

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