MCPD is now accepting applications for a 7-week Police Lateral Academy

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To be eligible for the lateral academy, applications must meet the requirements below:

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent – 60 college credits or 90 college quarter hours at the time of application
  • Three years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge
  • 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 -OR- permanent legal resident of the United States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces, and who has applied to obtain United States citizenship, and the application is still pending approval.
  • Possess a current Maryland Police Training Certification (blue card)
  • Experience with a full-service Maryland law enforcement agency

The current starting salary is $54,620 with no law enforcement experience. The following salaries are based on police or military police experience:

$56,533 – 1 year     
$58,512– 2 years   
$60,559– 3 years      
$62,679 – 4 years     
$64,876 – 5 years

Note: 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.