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Police Lateral Program


MCPD is now accepting applications for a 7-week Police Lateral Academy to tentatively begin in JULY 2020. 
Applicants should apply HERE


To be eligible for the lateral academy, applications must meet the below requirements:
Education and Experience
Associate’s degree or equivalent – 60 college credits or 90 college quarter hours at the time of application
OR –
Three years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge 
- OR –
Three years of full-time law enforcement officer experience recognized by MCPD i.e., work as a sworn, government agent with full arrest powers.
Not less than 21 years old at the time of graduation from the academy.
United States citizenship
Possess a current Maryland Police Training Certification (blue card)
Experience with a full-service Maryland law enforcement agency

The current starting salary is $52,500 with no law enforcement experience. The following salaries are based on police or military police experience:
1 year $54,339
2 years $56,241
3 years $58,209
4 years $60,247
5 years $62,358
* If you currently participate in a "Defined Benefit Pension Plan" at your Maryland law enforcement agency, you may be qualified to have your retirement benefits transferred.

Montgomery County Department of Police · Marcus Jones, Chief
Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive · Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Non-emergency: 301.279.8000

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