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Careers -  Montgomery County Police Officer


Educated.  Proactive.  Responsive.  Committed to making our highly diverse community a better place to live.  That’s a Montgomery County Police Officer.

The Montgomery County Department of Police is responsible for enforcing statutes, laws, and regulations designed to protect the life and property of the citizens of the County.

A Police Officer Candidate receives comprehensive training through a recruit training program. Upon graduation from the Academy, the Police Officer Candidate will be advanced to Police Officer I.

The work of a Police Officer involves considerable personal risk and requires the use of sound, independent judgment in all emergency situations. The tactful, conscientious performance of duties is carried out with limited supervision. The Police Officer works in an environment that encompasses the tenets of community-oriented policing with quality service delivery being paramount. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, working rotating shifts, patrolling a designated area in the County to preserve the peace and to prevent and discover the commission of crime, resolving problems within the community, directing traffic at pedestrian crossings and street intersections; enforcing motor vehicle operations and parking regulations, and performing communication functions. A Police Officer is also required to conduct preliminary investigations at the scene of a crime, administer first aid, gather evidence, obtain witness statements, make arrests, and testify in court.

As a Montgomery County Police Officer, you’ll grow professionally and personally as you advance your career in a rewarding community policing environment. After two years as a patrol officer, you’ll be eligible to apply for assignment in your choice of specialized units:

Conflict Negotiating
Homicide & Sex
Community Relations
Vice and Intelligence
Repeat Offenders
Financial Crimes
Training Academy
Collision Reconstruction

Investigative Units
Special Assignment Teams
Auto Theft
Family Crimes Division
Alcohol Enforcement


Montgomery County Department of Police · J. Thomas Manger, Chief
Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive · Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Non-emergency: 301.279.8000
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