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The Cumberland Police Department is currently accepting applications for both entry level police officers as well as lateral candidates with police certification in Maryland as well as other states.  Candidates with out-of-state police certification will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for eligibility for certification in Maryland.  

The application period will begin April 07, 2023 and will end May 03, 2023.  New applicants will be required to begin the process by taking a written test on May 04, 2023, 5:00 p.m. at The Cumberland Police Department, located at 20 Bedford Street, Cumberland, MD. Lateral candidates will be notified as to their testing requirements.  Those who pass the written test will then participate in the physical fitness testing, at a later date.

The Cumberland Police Department is an accredited law enforcement agency who holds great pride in their professionalism and work ethic.  Besides a patrol force, the department hosts several specialized positions such as detectives, school resource officers, canine officers, bike patrol, motorcycle patrol, tactical team, crisis negotiators, crash reconstructionist, among other assignments.   Officers with the Cumberland Police Department enjoy working in a city that offers a variety of law enforcement experiences.  

Minimum requirements for the position of police officer are that the candidate must be at least 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma, have a valid driver’s license, be in good physical condition, and be able to pass a police service background investigation.  

The starting salary for entry level police officers is $48,131.20 annually.  

Lateral and comparative compliance candidates would receive a higher salary commensurate with experience (Patrol Officer pay scale is ($48,131.20 to $61,571.70).  

Police Officer benefits include paid vacation, holiday time, paid sick leave, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, Maryland Law Enforcement Officer Pension System, optional supplemental retirement funds program, and a take-home-vehicle program for officers who qualify.  

Newly hired officers, after successfully completing the police academy, and out-of-state, currently certified lateral officer applicants who successfully complete a comparative compliance academy will receive an additional $2,000 signing bonus.  In addition, those who are veterans are eligible for an additional $2,000 and those who hold a bachelor’s degree are eligible for an additional $2,000 for a total possible signing bonus of $6,000 upon achieving Maryland certification. 

Newly hired police officers who were not previously employed by the Cumberland Police Department and are currently certified as a Maryland Police Officer will be eligible to receive a $15,000.00 bonus;

  • $5,000.00 payable upon hiring
  • $5,000.00 payable after completion of 1 year of employment
  • $5,000.00 payable after completing 3 years of employment

Candidates interested in participating in the testing process must pick up an employment application and information packet at City Hall, located at 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, MD.  The completed employment application must be returned to City Hall by the close of business on May 03, 2023.  For questions you may also contact Captain James Burt at 301-759-6460, any CPD officer, or e-mail recruiter@cumberlandmd.gov.  The Cumberland Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

A message from the Cumberland Police Department...

Please be assured that the Cumberland Police Department is staffed and will be operating as usual to keep you safe. The health and wellness of our officers is important so they can continue to be there for you.

In the interest of social distancing and in order to reduce the chances of contamination you may notice CPD officers handing non-emergency issues by phone.

If you encounter such, be assured that we will still be providing the same level of service. Also, when you call either 911 or our non-emergency number, 301-777-1600, the dispatchers will be asking screening questions about whether anyone may be sick at the address that we will be responding. This is done so officers can take precautions and wear protective equipment as warranted. If you suspect you may be ill or have had contact with someone who is suspected of being ill.  Please tell the responding officer so they can take precautions. 

We appreciate the community working with us and looking out for each other during this crisis.  The Cumberland Police Department will be doing its part to stop the spread of the virus while keeping you safe.  

For additional information, contact the Allegany County Health Department at 301-759-5000.
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