Sworn Careers

How to Apply

 

The Howard County Police Department is a nationally accredited agency of more than 700 men and women dedicated to creating a better quality of life for the citizens of Howard County. Our officers demonstrate the highest standards and are guided by the agency’s values: Integrity, Pride and Community.

The department’s size is just right for those who want a law enforcement career with many different opportunities. The department is small enough that officers have the chance to work in numerous specialty units, but large enough to have all the best equipment, services and technology.

The department is currently looking for ambitious men and women seeking careers in law enforcement who are able to meet our high standards.

If you are interested in joining one of the most progressive police departments in the country, you must successfully complete a written exam, physical agility test, personal history questionnaire, oral interview, polygraph examination, background investigation, medical examination and psychological screening.

Quick links
Sample written test
Physician’s authorization form (required for physical testing)

For additional information, contact the recruiter at 410-313-HCPD or email recruitment@howardcountymd.gov.

Fitness Test Demonstration

Pay/Benefits

  • Starting salary: $57,092* for entry-level, $61,145* for lateral (*effective Jan., 2020)
  • Health, dental and life insurance
  • Vacation, disability and personal leave
  • Retirement plan (50% of