Police Officer I/Police Officer Candidate

Gaithersburg, MD
Gaithersburg Police Department

Salary
$62,147.00 – $72,045.00 Annually

Closing
3/31/2023 5:00 PM Eastern

The department is looking for ambitious people seeking careers in law enforcement; and our application process for entry level police officers and lateral/certified police officers is ongoing. The process establishes a standing eligibility list for future Department vacancies; positions are filled based on operational needs. Individuals with prior experience as a police officer may be given preference.

Job Functions
The Gaithersburg Police Department provides law enforcement-related services to more than 71,000 residents; responsibility is shared with the Montgomery County Department of Police. City officers respond to calls for service as necessary and utilize partnerships to solve problems and to deal with issues affecting the safety and quality of life in all City neighborhoods.

As a Police Officer Candidate, you will:

  • Attend and successfully complete a Maryland certified law enforcement training academy designed to provide training in police methods and procedures including but not limited to patrol functions, crime prevention, law enforcement, investigation, and identification techniques, equipment, legal obligations, police records and reports, first aid, weapons, effective and professional communication, emergency vehicle operation, and physical fitness.
  • Receive¬†instruction in the City of Gaithersburg Police Department’s organization, chain of command, and rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • May provide administrative or other clerical tasks in support of department functions and services when not attending academy training.
  • Participate in in-service and special training programs as assigned.

As a Police Officer I, you will:

  • On an assigned shift, operate a patrol vehicle, bicycle, or walk to observe for violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons, and disturbances of law and order.
  • Respond to radio dispatches and answer calls and complaints; investigate crimes, traffic accidents, and domestic disputes.
  • Issue traffic citations; serve warrants and summonses; make arrests and testify in court.
  • Direct traffic, provide police escorts, perform residential and commercial checks.
  • Fill out arrest records, prepare reports and records, transport prisoners.
  • Participate in in-service and special training programs as assigned.

Qualifications
Police Officer Candidate applicants must meet the following standards to be considered for employment:

  • Must be 21 years old at time of appointment to Police Officer I to be Certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions.
  • Be a United States citizen or a permanent legal resident of the United States and an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces (provided that U.S. citizenship has been applied for and the application is still pending at the time of appointment as a Police Officer).
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and have a good overall driving record.
  • Be in excellent physical and mental condition as determined by comprehensive examinations.
  • Be able to pass a 14-panel Ishihara Vision Test for color blindness.
  • Have graduated from an accredited high school, or possess a high school diploma recognized by the Maryland Department of Education or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
  • Have at least 30 college credits from an accredited college or university, or military or civilian work experience equivalent to 30 college credits as determined by the Gaithersburg Police Department (Associate’s Degree or higher is preferred).
  • Be of good moral character, with no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions for which a sentence of imprisonment for one year or more could have been imposed.
  • Not be a current user of illegal drugs.

In addition to the above-listed standards, applicants must meet the following standards to be hired at the rank of Police Officer I:

  • Must be currently certified as a Police Officer through the MPCTC or hold an MPCTC certification issued within the last 3 years. (You must have an MPCTC number.)
  • Be currently employed by or have previously been employed by a Maryland law enforcement agency as a law enforcement officer.