This is an introductory class of work for high school graduates interested in a career as a Police Officer. This is a full-time position, requiring attendance in an accredited college degree program, recruits are enrolled in up to three classes a semester, which are considered paid working hours. Responsibilities and training provides exposure to the Police Department’s operations; assignments are in various locations, including District Stations, Specialty Units and Bureaus. Cadets perform technical and clerical tasks which are germane to police work; work is performed and evaluated under the close supervision of a designated Supervisor.
This position is designated “Essential” and the incumbent must be willing to participate as a critical/essential employee during emergency situations in the event of a natural or manmade disaster; special activities/events. Essential employees are expected to report to work or remain at work when other County employees are granted administrative leave.
Examples of Work
Police Cadets attend and actively participate in classroom and practical instruction required for completion of the Cadet Program; participate in activities such as traffic control, radio calls; provide assistance to various Commanders within the Police Department concerning technical and clerical matters; assist in collecting and preparing statistical reports; provide support for special events, programs and projects; answer, screen and refer telephone calls; log, file, sort and deliver departmental mail; willingly and cooperatively performs tasks and duties which may not be specifically listed in the class specification or position description, but which are within the general occupational category and responsibility level typically associated with the Police Cadet class of work.
- High School graduate or GED.
- Must be between the ages of 17 ½ and 19 ½ at the time of hire.
- Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
- Pass all of the qualification factors listed under Additional Information and Conditions of Employment.
- High School grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater.
- Six (6) months driving experience.
To be considered for the Police Cadet position, applicants must successfully complete all of the following steps:
1. Pass the Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) Placement Test (fees waived).
2. Enroll or be enrolled within 90 days of hire in the Prince George’s County Police Cadet
Program at PGCC (fees waived for participants).
3. Pass a pre-employment physical examination and background investigation.
4. Enroll in up to three (3) classes a semester; maintain a 2.0 GPA, throughout the program.
5. Upon reaching the age of 20½ must begin the employment application process to become a
Police Officer; which includes:
- Passing the Written Examination
- Passing Physical Agility Test
- Completing a Personal History Statement
- Passing an Audio/Vision Screening
- Passing a Polygraph Examination
- Passing the Oral Board
- Undergo a Background Investigation
- Accepting a Conditional Offer of Employment
- Passing a Psychological Screening
- Undergo a Medical Examination – a complete physical (weight should be in proportion to height)
- Complete and graduate from the Prince George’s County Police Academy
If an applicant does not successfully complete/pass the above requirements, this will result in termination of employment/enrollment in the Police Cadet Program.
Before applying: All male U.S. citizens, and male aliens living in the U.S., who are 18 years and over are required to register with Selective Service. Please go to the Selective Service website to register or verify your registration.
Please note – using a mobile device, such as a phone or tablet, to complete this application is NOT recommended. You are highly encouraged to use a desktop or laptop computer so that you can carefully and thoroughly read and understand all aspects of applying for this position.
All notifications for this position will be made via email, therefore each applicant must update their online profile with any changes to personal information, and must continually monitor the email account provided. Also, be sure to update your junk/spam settings to allow emails from all addresses ending in “@co.pg.md.us” and “@princegeorgescountymd.gov”.
or by calling your Police Recruiter at 301-780-8175 or 1-888-310-9736.
ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, an employer is required to hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Applicants who are selected for employment will be required to show and verify authorization to work in the United States.
CLOSING DATE: Applications must be submitted by 5:00p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on May 1, 2019.
Prince George’s County Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Diversity in the Workplace