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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.

Hiring Process

Applicants must successfully complete the following steps in the hiring process before being hired as a Baltimore Police Officer:

  • Civil Service Test
  • Physical Agility Test
  • Preliminary Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Physical Examination


  • Starting yearly salary for Baltimore Police Officers is $48,971.00. Top officers can earn up to $83,881.00 and more.
  • Retirement - Pension after 25 years of service is 60% of sworn member’s salary.
  • Excellent Health Insurance to include prescription, dental and vision.
  • 6 months of paid, entry level, academy training.
  • Pay incentives for Bachelor’s Degrees.
  • Lateral
    Lateral opportunities are available for current, certified police officers.
    Call the Recruitment Unit at (410) 396-2340 or toll free 1(877) PRIDEPD for more information about lateral opportunities.
  • Equipment provided at no cost.
  • An opportunity to participate in a 457B, Deferred Compensation Plan, which can be used to supplement your income upon retirement.
  • Paid vacation and holiday leave.
  • Additional vacation leave is available to members who do not use medical leave.
  • Paid family leave.
  • Numerous opportunities to work paid overtime.
  • Numerous opportunities to join one of the many specialized units within the BPD.

Veterans and Service Members

  • Military Veterans who have served 3 years of active duty can retire at (22) years at 60%.
  • 15 days of paid annual military leave for members of the Active Reserves and National Guard.
  • Eligible to receive full Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits while completing the 26-week academy.

Opportunities for Advancement

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.

  • Sergeants’ yearly salary ranges from $76,850.00 to $97,309.00.
  • Lieutenants’ yearly salary ranges from $88,867.00 to $110,618.00.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Possess a valid driver’s full license
  • Must be 20 years of age and 9 months upon beginning the academy
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be able to pass an extensive background check.


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
Headquarters Building
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.