Police Officer - Entry Level

The Hagerstown Police Department looks for individuals that are motivated and interested in pursuing a rewarding and meaningful career in law enforcement.

The Hagerstown Police Department is a full service, progressive, community-oriented and nationally accredited law enforcement agency. We are a full-service agency serving a population of approximately 40,000 citizens. Our patrol division is comprised of 4 squads working 12-hour days with rotating days off. The patrol division also has a dedicated Downtown Squad that patrols primarily on bicycles in our business and Arts & Entertainment district. The Department has several specialty units such as the Criminal Investigation Division, Narcotics Task Force, K-9, Warrant Squad, Special Response Team (SWAT), Crisis Negotiators and several School Resource Officers. In addition to the benefits listed, officers who live within the City are eligible for the take-home car program.
  • We are particularly interested in recruiting applicants who are post 9/11 military veterans, although all interested persons are encouraged to apply.
  • Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The testing process is open to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please check the "Testing" page of the website for updated information on testing. The written test will consist of a 25 minute study guide review followed by a written test. Applicants with a score of 70% or more will be offered an opportunity to move to the next segment of testing, which is the physical qualification testing or PQT. The PQT is held at a later date and those passing the written test will be notified by email, of a date and time.

Applicants who are selected and accept an offer of employment, will be required to sign a 3 year commitment with the Police Department. Once committed, the applicant will be slotted into the next available police academy class. Classes are typically Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 4 PM., however the Academy Director can, and will, change the hours as needed. Once a recruit completes the academy, they are required to successfully complete a field training program, which is approximately 4 months, before they are certified for solo patrol.