The Rockville City Police Department continues to recruit for lateral/certified police applicants as well as entry level police officer candidates for positions to be filled for the August 2022 Montgomery County Police Academy session. 

The Rockville City Police Department is a progressive, professional, and nationally accredited law enforcement agency, is seeking highly motivated men and women for Police Officer positions. 

Rockville City Police Officers perform routine service and law enforcement work involving a variety of general or support duty police assignments. Work may be performed under emergency conditions and frequently involves personal hazard work. 

The Rockville City Police Department provides law enforcement-related services to approximately 70,000 residents; responsibility is shared with the Montgomery County Department of Police. City officers respond to calls for service as necessary and utilize partnerships to solve problems and to deal with issues affecting the safety and quality of life in all city neighborhoods.

Still have questions? Contact: 

2 W. Montgomery Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


  • Competitive salary.
  • Overtime compensation - one and a half times the officer's hourly rate. 
  • Annual and sick leave.
  • 10 paid holidays.
  • Group Health & Life insurance.
  • Defined Comp & Roth 457 Retirement Plans
  • 4 day work week with 10 hour shifts - permanent days, evening and midnight shifts 
  • Take Home Car Program - up to 30 air miles from City limits 
  • Multilingual Pay Stipend - $3,120 annually  
  • Tuition Assistance - up to $3,000 annually
  • Paid Military Leave 
  • Department Issued Work Cellphone. 
  • Paid Uniform Dry Cleaning & Alterations
  • Department On-site Gym & Fitness Center 
  • Equipment & Uniform Allowance: In addition to initial issue, officers are allotted an $950 yearly uniform allowance. 
  • Pay differential for evening and midnight shifts.
  • Promotional Opportunities
  • Annual Performance Evaluation Merit Increase*
  • Annual Cost of Living Pay Adjustment*
  • *Annual Merit and COLA increases are based on budget approval by the mayor and city council.


RankStarting Salary
Certified or Lateral Police Officers*$69,001

Lateral/Certified Police Officers

*Lateral/Certified Police Officers that meet the Maryland Police Correctional Training Commission (MPCTC) Standards will be hired at a salary of $69,001 and must have at least 2-years of full time consecutive law enforcement experience. 


To be considered for employment for a police officer position, you must be able to meet the following standards:

  • Successfully completed an Associates Degree or at least 60 semester hours of college credit with coursework in any subject matter. Credits from any accredited college or university will be accepted; or
  • Served in the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Organized Reserves and National Guard, for at least two years and, if separated from the military, have received an honorable discharge; or
  • Served at least two years in a full-duty status with a full-service police department in a municipality or a state within the United States, with prior street patrol experience, full arrest authority and have resigned or retired in good standing. 
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be age 21 at the time of your graduation from the police academy
  • Possess a valid driver’s license with an overall good driving record
  • Excellent physical and mental health as determined by comprehensive examinations
  • Be able to pass a written police examination 
  • Be able to pass a background and security check, be of good moral character, with no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions for which a sentence of imprisonment for one year or more could have been imposed.
  • Not be a current user of illegal drugs.

Applicants cannot become a police officer in the State of Maryland if they have:

  • Ever committed, been involved in or convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
  • Ever illegally sold, produced, cultivated, distributed, or transported a controlled dangerous substance, narcotic drug, or marijuana. Illegally used a controlled dangerous substance, narcotic drug, or marijuana for any purpose within the 3 years prior to application for certification.
  • Illegally used a controlled dangerous substance, narcotic drug, or marijuana while employed as a law enforcement officer.
  • Ever used heroin, cocaine, meth, crack, phencyclidine (PCP), or lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), mushrooms, designer drugs.
  • Used any controlled dangerous substance or narcotic drug more than five times, or one time since becoming 21 years old.
  • Used marijuana more than 20 times, or five times since becoming 21 years old.

Hiring Process


Complete the Online Application

The application process for entry level police officers and Lateral/Certified police officers is ongoing. Applications must be fully completed and filed by the posted online closing date.  Check out Government Jobs regularly for a list of open positions and apply online.

Confidential questionnaire must be included with the application. 


Written Examination

After completing the online applications, entry level applicants who are selected will be notified of a date and time for the written examination. The day of examination you will be required to bring a valid state driver’s license and a second form of identification, such as a birth certificate or social security card.

The written examination is by invitation only and you must receive a score of 70% or higher to pass the exam. Applicants who pass the initial screening phase for minimum qualification will be invited to attend. 


Physical Agility Test

A standard physical agility test will be administered immediately following the successful passing of the written examination. You must receive a minimum passing score in each category to successfully pass this physical fitness test. 


  • 1.5 mile run in 16 minutes 
  • 20 Push Ups in One-minute 
  • 25 Sit Ups in One-minute 

Interview and Background Check

Selected candidates will be invited to interview with a selection panel. You must submit to a complete background check. 



Applicants will be required to undergo a medical examination, drug screening, polygraph examination and psychological screening. All screenings are scheduled separately.


Chief’s Interview

The final step will be an interview with the Police Chief. He will evaluate performance and fit with the team.


Offer of Employment

Contingent offer of employment will be presented upon completion of the employment testing including: medical and physical screening, drug screening, psychological evaluation and polygraph test. 


Training and Probationary Period

The police officer position has a 12-month probationary period effective the date of successful completion of all mandated police training. Training includes: 

  • Maryland Police Training Academy 
  • 14-week Field Training Program.