Upon graduating from the police academy, officers are assigned to one of Baltimore's nine Patrol Districts where they will become a fundamental part of Baltimore's diverse neighborhoods. Officers will play a pivotal role in addressing and resolving community concerns. Furthermore, officers will handle a variety of calls for service and conduct traffic and criminal investigations.
Applicants must successfully complete the following steps in the hiring process before being hired as a Baltimore Police Officer:
After serving in the Neighborhood Patrol Bureau, officers are afforded numerous opportunities to expand their law enforcement career in one of the many specialized units that the Baltimore Police Department offers: Narcotics, K-9, SWAT, Criminal and Gang Intelligence, Community Collaboration Division, Family Crimes, Child Abuse, Sex Offense, Cyber and Electronic Crimes, Homicide, Robbery, Mounted, Traffic, and many more.
After completing 3 years of service, officers are eligible to take the Sergeant’s examination. Sergeants are eligible to take the Lieutenant’s examination after completing 2 yearsof service as a Sergeant.
The application process begins with the administration of the Civil Service Test. The Civil Service Test is offered Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. at:
Baltimore Police Department
601 East Fayette Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
When responding to take the Civil Service Test, candidates must wear business attire.
Call the Recruitment Unit at (410) 396-2340 or toll free 1(877) PRIDEPD for more information about the application process.