Police Officer - Lateral / Certified

The Hagerstown Police Department holds open testing for experienced police officers and/or recently trained applicants from Maryland or any other state on a continual basis. See "Testing" page for testing information. Use the email link below to request additional information.

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 three (3) patrol shifts working 10-hour days. works a compressed work schedule. 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.

*        Women, minorities and military veterans are encouraged to apply. 


Salary Range: $40,106.56-$61,405.18, $68,580.52

To view the annual salary schedule to be paid AFSCME Council 67, Local 3373 union employees please click here.

Applicants with prior training and/or experience meeting at least one of the following requirements are eligible for a $5,000 signing bonus, and may be given credit for years of service performed as a certified police officer based on actual police experience and environment.

         ·         Possess current Maryland certification as a police officer.

         ·         Have been certified in MD within 5 years prior to selection.

         ·         Have successfully completed an approved Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission (MPTSC) entry level training program within 2 years prior to selection.

         ·         Have been employed as a police officer within the last 5 years in another state and have completed a basic police officer entrance level training program deemed by the MPTSC to be comparative to Maryland entry level training requirements.*

         ·         Have completed a basic police officer entrance level training program meeting the above MPTSC requirements within the last 2 years.*

* Verification of comparative compliance will be performed at the beginning of the application process.