Pursuing a Police Career in Maryland

Maryland has a very similar application process to that of most states. The homepage of this site details this application process. Maryland requires that you apply to and are hired by a particular police department in Maryland before you can attend a Maryland police academy. This means that you will have a position upon graduating, and it also ensures that no more officers are being trained than necessary for the state of Maryland to be served and protected.

Becoming a Police Officer in Maryland

Maryland has an odd age requirement of 20 years and 9 months minimum at the time of application. For the most part the rest of the qualifications are identical to other states. Applicants need to have proof of a valid driver’s license, reside legally as citizens in the US, and have achieved high school graduation or earned a GED.

When applying there is a lot more paperwork in Maryland than some other state applications. The list includes supplying the department with:

  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of high school diploma/GED certificate
  • Official high school transcript copies
  • Copies of college degrees and transcripts you possess
  • Copy of driver’s license
  • Certified copy of your current driving record
  • Copy of social security card
  • Official letter on school letterhead verifying graduation

Salary for Maryland Police Officers

The average patrol officer in Maryland makes approximately 54,000 a year; varying based on education background, extent of experience, and the city you are hired in. Rural officers make less than the state average, city officers make more. If you possess a college degree you may have higher wages than others. Listed below are schools which provide programs in law enforcement related topics. Detectives and other high ranked officers of the law make around 86,000 a year in Maryland. As you can see the pay is competitive or even higher than other US states or other police careers in Maryland.

Law Enforcement Training in Maryland

Below are colleges located in Maryland that offer some sort of degree in criminal justice or law enforcement.

  • Allegany College of Maryland

12401 Willowbrook Road SE, Cumberland, MD 21502


  • Anne Arundel Community College

101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012


  • Baltimore City Community College

2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215


  • Carroll Community College

1601 Washington Road, Westminster, MD 21157


  • Cecil College

1 Seahawk Drive, North East, MD 21901


  • Chesapeake College

PO Box 8, Wye Mills, MD 21679


  • College of Southern Maryland

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646


  • Community College of Baltimore County

7201 Rossville Blvd, Rosedale, MD 21237


  • Frederick Community College

7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702


  • Frostburg State University

101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532


  • Garrett College

687 Mosser Road, McHenry, MD 21541


  • Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742


  • Montgomery College

51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850


  • Mount St. Mary’s University

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD 21727


  • Prince George’s Community College

301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774


  • Stevenson University

1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153


  • Towson University

8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252


  • University of Baltimore

1420 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201


  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore

11868 Academic Oval, Princess Anne, MD 21853


  • University of Maryland-University College

3501 University Blvd. E, Adelphi, MD 20783


  • Wor-Wic Community College

32000 Camous Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804