Maryland Transportation Authority Police Recruitment

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Start your career today! Interested in starting a career with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, contact the Recruitment and Selection Unit:

Maryland Transportation Authority Police
Recruitment & Selection Unit
4330 Broening Highway
Baltimore, Maryland 21222
Phone: (410) 537-7747
Fax: 410-537-7640

Recruitment Events


Questions please call: 410-537-7747

Police Officer Salary, Minimum Qualifications and Benefits

A Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency and Equal Opportunity Employer

Starting Salary:

Effective Date: July 01, 2019

Police Recruit:   $43,917
Police Officer I:  $49,892 (Upon graduation from Academy)
Police Officer II: $52,890 (Upon completion of two year probationary period without step increment)
Police Officer II: $55,007 (Upon completion of two year probationary period with step increment)

Police Cadet: $26,929
Lateral Officer: Up to $59,493 (Max 6% above current salary) (Officer II Step 3)
(Not Currently Accepting Laterals)

Other Salary Incentives:

Shift Differential: Up to $4,160 per year for qualifying Evening and Midnight shifts
Uniform Allowance: Up to $1,500 per year for uniform maintenance
Fitness Incentive: $1,000 per year for successful completion of fitness test
Court Overtime: Four hours of overtime compensation for off-duty attendance
College Incentive: Between $125.00 and $500.00 per year based on level of advanced education

Minimum Qualifications:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • H.S. Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Police Officer: Must be 21 prior to graduation from the Police Academy
  • Police Cadet: 17-20 Years of Age
  • Lateral Police Officer:  Currently MPCTC Certified and in good standing with current agency or prior agency
  • No Felony Convictions
  • Meet The Minimum Standards Set By The Maryland Police & Correctional Training Commission For Police Applicants
  • Comply With The MDTA Police Tattoo, Body Art & Body Modifications Policy


  • Physical Fitness Incentives
  • Clothing Allowance
  • Shift Differential Pay
  • Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Pension System
    (50% upon completion of 25 years or age 50 with 10 year vesting)
    (Five year D.R.O.P.) or (60% at 30 years) or (65% at 32.5 years)
  • State Employee Health Benefits
  • State Employee Leave Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • 44 College Credits From CCBC Upon Graduation From The Police Academy
  • Promotional Opportunities

Specialized Units:

  • Bicycle Patrol Unit
  • Civil Disturbance Team
  • Collision Reconstruction Unit
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit
  • Crisis Negotiation Team
  • Detective Unit
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Emergency Operation Services
  • Homeland Enforcement and Traffic Unit
  • Honor Guard Unit
  • K9 Unit
  • Marine Unit
  • Special Response Team
  • Training Unit

Application Process

Hiring Process:

  • Physical Agility Test
  • Orientation/Written Exam
  • Oral Interview Board
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Medical/Drug/Psychological Examination
  • Final Selection

*Successful completion of all phases of the hiring process does not guarantee a Final Offer of Employment

Getting Started:

The first step in joining the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Force is to complete the online application above and attend an applicant processing event.  The online application provides several applicant processing event dates an applicant can choose to begin the hiring process.  Processing events are conducted by the Recruitment and Selection Unit and will last approximately 4 hours.  Processing events will incorporate the Physical Agility Test, Orientation and the Written Examination.

Full Selection Process:


Physical Agility Test Elements

  • Sit and Reach (1.5 inches)
  • Push-Ups (18 in one minute)
  • Sit-Ups (27 in one minute)
  • 1.5 Mile Run (in 15 minutes & 20 Seconds)


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