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To apply for a meaningful career as a Baltimore City Police Officer, you must first complete the online application using the link above. You will receive an e-mail notification advising you of your next step. If approved, you will receive instructions regarding the National Testing Network Exam (applicants will schedule their testing location, time, etc.) If you have any questions regarding the link or any assistance filling it out, please contact the Recruitment Unit at  1-(877)-PRIDEPD


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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]

Address: Baltimore Police Department Headquarters
601 East Fayette Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Hiring Process

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

  • Online Baltimore Police Department Application
  • National Testing Network Exam
  • Fitness Test (Learn More)
  • Preliminary Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Physical Examination



  • Starting yearly salary for Baltimore Police Officers is $50,440.00 Top officers can earn up to $86,397.00.
  • 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.
  • Tuition Reimbursement.


  • 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 $79,115.00 to $100,228.00
  • Lieutenants’ yearly salary ranges from $91,533.00 to $113,936.00.

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.


Needed Documents for Background Investigation

* Applicants will need the following documents for the background investigation.

* Applicants should ensure they have original documents as well as copies. These forms include:

  • Birth certificate or naturalization papers (If applicable)
  • High school diploma, GED, college diploma, or official letter from the school verifying graduation date*
  • Official high school transcripts and/or college transcripts *
  • Selective service registration (males only)
  • Form DD214 from the military *
  • Marriage license and/or divorce decree (If applicable)
  • Valid Driver’s license, Vehicle Registration, and Driver’s Insurance
  • Current certified driving record
  • Social security card
  • Credit Report
  • Court documents
  • Pay stub (If applicable)
  • Certificates (If Applicable)


Disqualifiers (Not all inclusive)

  • Driving Record: not to exceed three (3) points
  • Poor Driver’s Record
  • DWI/DUI conviction within the last 5 Years
  • Military Record: Separation less than Honorable
  • Arrest Record: Any Felony Convictions
  • Currently on Parole or Probation. All misdemeanor charges must be expunged
  • Applicants are ineligible if they have illegally used a controlled dangerous substance, narcotic drug, or marijuana for any purpose within 3 years (36 months).
  • Medical History: Must be mentally and physically qualified
  • Integrity: Being truthful is utmost important; telling a lie or altering the truth at any stage of the process will disqualify your current and any future applications



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