Baltimore County police now accepting applications
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:27

Department encouraging women to apply

by Nicole Rodman

    The Baltimore County Police Department is looking for a few good men — and women — to join the force.
    The department is accepting online applications for prospective police officers and cadets through May 2.
    While any and all qualified candidates are invited to apply, the department is especially interested in recruiting more women to become officers and cadets.
    “Obviously, police work has long been a male-dominated field,” Cpl. John Wachter, public information officer for the Baltimore County Police Department, told The Eagle.
    “While the percentage of women in the Baltimore County Police Department has grown, we are looking to grow that percentage even further,” he continued.
    To that end, the department held an information session last Wednesday targeted specifically to women.

“There are going to be several female department members, ranging from officers to sergeants, speaking to the women who attend the event and will be answering questions that they may have,” Cpl. Wachter explained prior to last week’s event.
    The department is seeking candidates for both police officer and cadet positions.
    Police officer candidates must be 21 years of age upon graduation from the department’s six-month police academy.
    The starting salary for an officer is $46,699 per year. Benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance, 25-year retirement, life insurance and tuition reimbursement are also offered.
    The duties of a police officer include conducting patrols, investigating crimes, directing trafffic, enforcing traffic laws, conducting arrests and processing and monitoring prisoners.
    Prospective police cadets must be at least 18 years old at the time of hire. Candidates can apply at 17-and-a-half years old.
    The starting salary for a police cadet is $24,295 per year plus benefits. Both cadets and officers receive yearly pay raises.
    Cadet duties include performing administrative functions, directing traffic, working undercover to investigate crimes, providing arrest and warrant information to police officers and assisting with crowd control.
    Prospective police officers and cadets must complete a multi-part application process that includes an online application, written examination, physical agility test, background investigation and medical and physical examination.
    For more on the application process, or to apply online, visit www.balti
    Information sessions for prospective police cadets will be held on Wednesday, April 23, at Liberty Family Resource Center,     3525 Resource Drive in Randallstown, and on Wednesday, April 30, at the Baltimore County Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road in Towson. Both sessions will run from 6 to 8 p.m.
    For more information, visit www.joinbaltimore or call the Baltimore County Police Recruitment Unit at 410-887-5542.