Background Investigation/Pre-Employment Interview

Background Investigation Booklet
Upon successful completion of the physical testing phase, the candidates will be issued a Background Investigation Booklet. This booklet must be completed and returned in the allotted time given. Each question in the booklet must be completed honestly as any sign of deception or the attempt to deceive on any issue in the booklet will result in disqualification from the process.

Pre-Employment Interview
The candidate will then be scheduled for a pre-employment interview. This interview will include a review of the candidates’ employment application and Background Investigation Booklet. If the candidate successfully completes this phase they will move on in the process and must satisfactorily complete the remaining requirements listed:
  1. Background investigation
  2. Polygraph examination
  3. Physical examination
  4. Drug screening
  5. Psychological testing
  6. Oral interview
Further Training
Once a candidate has been offered employment with the Cumberland Police Department they must attend 1 of the police training academies recognized by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions.

All lodging, travel expenses and meals while the candidate is enrolled in the training academy are provided for by the Cumberland Police Department.

Lateral Transfers
Police Officers who are considered to be lateral transfers from other agencies must complete the same requirements listed above. If the training and experience that these officers possess meets the standards established by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions then they will be eligible to transfer up to 5 years of prior service for the purpose of placement on the wage scale.

Prior service must be from an MPCTC certified law enforcement agency or the applicant must be eligible to complete a Comparative Compliance course. If this employee must complete a full academy they will not be considered eligible for lateral transfer status.