Cadet Careers


The Baltimore Police Department is currently hiring for Police Cadets. Cadets are aspiring Baltimore Police Officers who gain valuable law enforcement experience before meeting the minimum age requirement of Police Officer Trainee. Cadets are 18-20 ½ year-old uniformed civilian employees, assisting different units within the agency, such as Homicide, City Wide Robbery, Recruitment and Crime Lab. The most significant advantage to becoming a Cadet is that your time as a Cadet will count toward your sworn retirement.

Application Test

The application process begins with the administration of the Civil Service Test.

The Civil Service Test is offered at the Baltimore Police Department Headquarters Building. Applicants do not need to make an appointment or fill out an application prior to taking the test.

Test Times: Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
One Saturday each month at 9:00 a.m.
Our next Saturday civil service test session is 4/21/18
Address: Baltimore Police Department Headquarters
601 East Fayette Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202


Contact Us

Contact Information: Call the Recruitment Unit at: (410) 396-2340 or toll-free at 1 (877) PRIDEPD for more information about the application process. Email the Recruitment Unit at: [email protected]

Appearance: When responding to take the Civil Service Test, candidates must wear business attire and provide a valid form of photo identification to the test administrators.


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
  • Physical Examination



  • Starting yearly salary for Baltimore Police Cadets $29, 578 and will advance to Police Officer Trainee salary at the age of 21. 
  • Retirement - Pension after 25 years of service is 60% of sworn member’s salary.
  • Excellent Health Insurance to include prescription, dental and vision.
  • Your time as a cadet will count toward your sworn retirement.


  • All uniforms and equipment provided by the Department.
  • On hands training prior to entering the Police Academy.

Veterans and Service Members

The Baltimore Police Department appreciates the service performed by members of the United States military. Veterans and service members are eligible for the following benefits:

  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have at the least the following qualifications to begin the process:

  • 18 years of age but less than 20 years and 6 months of age at the time of appointment
  • Possess a high school diploma or an equivalent which is acceptable to the Maryland State Board of Education
  • Possess a valid Driver’s License  or a valid Maryland Provisional Driver’s License at the time of appointment
  • Achieve a passing score on the Civil Service Examination for Police Officer Trainee
  • Pass a physical agility test
  • Successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation to include a polygraph examination, and physical.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Applicants do not need to be a Maryland resident. 



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