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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
  • Psychological Examination
  • Physical Examination


  • Starting yearly salary for Baltimore Police Officers is $48,971.00. Top officers can earn up to $83,881.00.
  • Retirement - Pension after 25 years of service is 60% of sworn member’s salary.
  • Excellent Health Insurance to include prescription, dental and vision.
  • 6 month, paid, entry-level, academy training.


  • Pay incentives for Bachelor’s Degrees.
  • Equipment provided at no cost.
  • Option to participate in tax-deferred, 457B retirement plan (Deferred Compensation), which can be used to supplement income upon retirement.
  • Additional vacation leave is available to members who do not use medical leave.

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.

Opportunities for Advancement

After serving in the Patrol Division, 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 years of 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

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

  • 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.
  • Applicants do not need to be a Maryland resident.




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