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 3 shifts working 8-hour days with permanent days off. 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, Directed Patrol Unit and 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 hiring process starts with the written test. Please check the "Testing" page of the website for updated information on testing. Applicants with a score of 70% or higher will be offered an opportunity to move to the next testing components, which are the physical agility assessment (PAA) and the panel interview.”  We typically offer all three components on the same day.

Applicants, who are able to make it through the hiring process and eventually offered a position with the department upon acceptance, will be required to sign a 3 year commitment with the Police Department. Once hiring is complete the new probationary officer will be slotted for the next available police academy class for the purpose of entry level training. 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.