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Montgomery County Police Department - Police Officer Applicant Requirements and Benefits
Applicant Requirements
  • Education and Experience
    • Associate’s degree or equivalent – 60 college credits or 90 college quarter hours at the time of application - OR –
    • Three years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge - OR –
    • Three years of full-time law enforcement officer experience recognized by MCPD i.e., work as a sworn, government agent with full arrest powers.
  • Not less than 21 years old at the time of graduation from the academy.
  • United States citizenship.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • A comprehensive background investigation conducted by the MCPD.
  • A written examination, scored interview, polygraph examination, and psychological and medical examinations.
Medical Requirements

Selected candidates must demonstrate the following:
  • Vision: Corrected vision of 20/20 in each eye. Uncorrected vision of 20/40 each eye for those who wear glasses or hard contact lenses. Those who wear soft contact lenses are not subject to the uncorrected vision requirement if they have successfully used soft contact lenses for at least 6 months.
  • Color vision: Measured on a Farnsworth D-15 test.
  • Hearing: An auditory examination will be conducted.
  • Physical:
    • Exercise capacity of 12 METS (10 min) as measured on an exercise treadmill using BRUCE protocol with a maximum target heart rate of 90%, adjusted for age.
    • Abdominal stretch 27 inches measured from chin to wall while bending backwards with hips strapped against wall.
    • Standing long jump- 73” minimum
    • Bench press
    • Sit & reach stretch
    • Push-ups
    • Sit-ups
    • Other exercises or movements required by the Office of Medical Services to demonstrate fitness for duty
  • Salary: Starting salary for police officer candidates is $52,500 a year. Starting salaries based on police or military police experience):
    • $54,339 – 1 year
    • $56,241– 2 years
    • $58,209– 3 years
    • $60,247 – 4 years
    • $62,358 – 5 years
  • 4-day work week for patrol officers
  • Permanent shift schedules
  • Differential pay for bilingual skills upon certification (average $2,000–$4,000 per year, based on fluency and hours worked)
  • Pay differential for evening and night shift (average $1,000-$2,000 per year, based on shift hours worked)
  • Paid holidays, accrued sick, annual, and compensatory leave
  • All uniforms supplied, including cleaning and alteration
  • All leather goods supplied, including boots and shoes
  • Eligibility to participate in take home police car program after 18 months of employment
  • Liberal 25-year retirement plan/deferred compensation plan
  • Paid leave to attend military training (15 days per year)
  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and prescription drug plans
  • Medical catastrophe benefits
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Professional improvement leave
  • Workers’ compensation insurance
  • College tuition assistance for continuing education
  • Promotional opportunities
  • Extensive in-service training and specialized career opportunities
  • Credit union membership
*Please note: Salary and benefits subject to change




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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