Police Department

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 September 9, 2020 and will end September 28, 2020. New applicants will be required to begin the process by taking a written test on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 4:45 pm at the Cumberland Police Department, Cumberland, MD. Lateral candidates will be notified as to their testing requirements.

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 reconstruction, 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 is 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 $39,686 annually. Lateral and comparative compliance candidates would receive a higher salary commensurate with experience. 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.

Candidates who are hired and successfully complete the police academy, complete a comparative compliance academy, or are otherwise accepted lateral officers will receive an additional $1,000 signing bonus. In addition, those who are veterans are eligible for an additional $1,000 and those who hold a bachelor’s degree are eligible for an additional $1,000 for a total possible signing bonus of $3,000 upon certification.

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 September 28, 2020. For questions you may also contact Lt. 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.  

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For questions regarding COVID-19, contact the Allegany County Health Department at 301-759-5000.
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