Be a part of the greatest comeback story in America.

The Baltimore City Police Department is looking for passionate, dynamic problem solvers committed to serving their communities with integrity, empathy, and pride.

My mother was a Baltimore City Police Officer for 25 years. I got to see her interactions with the community. I knew that it was a rewarding job, and I knew it was something I wanted to do.”

Kevin Bailey Sergeant


Being a police officer stands for something.

It stands for a city with something to prove and a community ready to create a better Baltimore.

With new leadership and a commitment to constitutional policing, we’re strengthening our 21st century department using the best practices for community engagement, a greater focus on conflict resolution, groundbreaking technology and creative problem-solving. Now’s the time to join a force for good.

It’s more than standing behind a badge, it’s standing up for a city.


As a young person living in Baltimore, Shandell is still able to remember that things used to be different. Neighborhoods felt safer for kids and families. And the relationship between residents and law enforcement wasn’t always so strained. She knows that respect and communication are the foundation of a good officer. “You have to know how to talk to people,” she said. “You have to have good customer service.” Her perspective is the type of change that the city needs.

Your Career Path

Your Career Path

The opportunities in the Baltimore Police Department are as unique as your passion and talent—from the Cyber Crimes team to the K-9 unit. But we all start in the same place, patrolling our communities. It offers us a powerful chance to connect with neighborhoods and develop relationships with people whose support we depend on to be the best for Baltimore.

Path of an Officer

Top Positions Selected Internally

Senior Leadership

Bria Hightower Officer

From the Beat

For Bria Hightower, the decision to become a police officer was sparked by tragedy. “In 2008, my father was murdered. The homicide detective who handled my father’s case still works here, and we grew a relationship. Eventually, it made me want to become a homicide detective so I can give families...the same justice I got.” In her three years in the department, she’s learned a lot about herself—and about the community she serves. Integrity is non-negotiable if you’re going to be a good police officer, but you’ve also got to be authentic. “Engage with the community. Show them we’re human beings.”

Hiring Process

Hiring Process

We’ve revamped our hiring process, allowing us to reach more diverse applicants while removing the barriers that may keep qualified candidates from applying.

Complete an online application
Take the National Testing Network Police Exam
(Free for Baltimore residents)
Take the Physical Fitness Test
Attend a preliminary interview
Complete and pass the required background investigation, physical examination, and psychological evaluation


The ideal officer candidate:

  • Is a U.S. citizen.

  • Possesses a valid driver's license–provisional licenses are acceptable.

  • Is at least 20 years and 9 months of age upon beginning the Police Academy.

  • Has a high school diploma or GED.

  • Can pass a comprehensive background check.

  • Has a good driving record with no more than five points.

  • Has not had a DWI/DUI conviction within the last 24 months.

  • Has been Honorably Discharged if they served in the military.

  • Has no felony convictions.

  • Is not currently on parole or probation.

  • Has had any misdemeanor charges expunged.

  • Has not illegally used a controlled dangerous substance, narcotic drug or marijuana for any purpose within 3 years (36 months).

  • Can pass a mental and physical examination.

  • Is, above all, truthful throughout the hiring process.

Salary + Benefits


As of 7/1/2022:

Starting Annual Salary: $60,146

Top officers can earn up to $99,697.

The BPD is an equal opportunity employer. Employees who have been with the city for at least one year are eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid family and medical leave.


The BPD offers a competitive package that includes:

  • A pension after 25 years of service (60% of sworn member’s salary).

  • Health insurance with prescription, dental and vision.

  • Six-month paid, entry-level Police Academy training.

  • Pay incentives for a bachelor’s degree.

  • Equipment at no cost.

  • An option to participate in the tax-deferred, 457B retirement plan (Deferred Compensation).

  • A property tax credit of up to $2,500 per year for officers who live in the city.

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