Ocean City - Lateral Police Officer

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Department Ocean City Police Department
Job TitleLateral Police Officer
Salary$51,514.00 to $55,718.00 depending on years of experience
Deadline Jun 18, 2025 11:59 PM Eastern
Registration Fee$15.00
Location Ocean City, MD
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Ocean City Police Department, MD Police Jobs


Lateral Police Officer

The Ocean City Police Department is actively seeking Maryland certified police officers and out-of-state certified police officers who are willing to make a lateral change to Ocean City, Maryland.

As a Maryland certified lateral entry candidate you will attend a four (4) week orientation conducted by the Ocean City Police Department that includes firearms training/qualification, defensive tactics training, Town ordinance training, policy review, and field training.

As an out-of-state certified lateral entry candidate, you must have completed at least 980 hours of training through your state certification.  If your out-of-state certification is less than 980 hours of training, you will be required to attend a full police academy through the State of Maryland.  After completion of this training, you will participate in a nine (9) week Field Training and Evaluation Program conducted by the Ocean City Police Department.

Lateral entry officer will be subject to the same process as other police officer applicants. Processing of the applicant will include a written examination, physical abilities test, oral interview, background investigation, physical examination, and psychological evaluation.

Salary & Benefits

  • $ 51,514.00 to $ 55,718.00 depending on years of experience
  • Step increments with acceptable performance appraisals
  • Specialty pay available
  • Overtime for court appearances and special detail assignments
  • Paid holidays, accrued sick, annual, and compensatory leave
  • All uniforms furnished
  • All duty gear and equipment furnished to include shoes and boots
  • Eligibility for “Take Home Car Program” (SPP) after the completion of a probation period and adherence to residency requirements
  • Eligibility for promotion after two (2) years of employment
  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan/Deferred Compensation Plan/Credit Union
  • Paid military leave for training purposes
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance/Prescription Drug Plan
  • Tuition assistance for continuing education
  • Extensive in-service training and specialized career opportunities
  • Four (4) day work week for patrol officer (10 hour work days)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a Maryland certified police officer OR an out-of-state certified police officer
  • High School Diploma or GED recognized by the Maryland Board of Education
  • 21 years of age at the time of employment
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record
  • United States Citizen
  • Please CLICK HERE to read the Automatic Disqualifiers. If you meet any of the disqualifiers listed, you will automatically be eliminated from the process

Medical Requirements

  • Good physical and mental condition
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 with the ability to recognize basic colors

Hiring Process

Candidates must successfully complete a written examination, physical abilities test, structured interview, background investigation, polygraph examination, medical examination, and psychological evaluation.


  • Here are our testing dates for the 2024 season:

    • July 20, 2024


  • Saturday is the written exam followed by the physical ability test for police officer applicants.  The first day of testing on each weekend is at the Wor-Wic Community College at 32000 Campus Drive, Salisbury, Maryland. CLICK HERE for a copy of the campus map
  • IMPORTANT: The police officer applicants (seasonal or full time) are required to bring with them their Physicians Waiver before they will be authorized to participate in the physical abilities exercise.  This waiver must be signed by a licensed physician or a physician assistant.
  • If the police officer applicants successfully pass the written exam and physical abilities on Saturday they are then scheduled for an interview on the following Sunday. 
  • Once the applicants successfully complete the interview they will then be provided a background investigation packet to submit. 

Ocean City Police Department, MD Police Jobs

Ocean City Police Department, MD Police Jobs

Ocean City Police Department, MD Police Jobs

Please direct questions regarding this position to pdtrain@oceancitymd.gov

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