Application Process

To make sure we’re getting the best applicants you must pass a number of exams and screenings. The full process for Police and Corrections typically takes between four to six months.

Application Submission: Applications can be submitted by email to or mailed to P.O. Box 189, La Plata, MD 20646

Pre-Screening Process: Once completed applications are complete, they will enter the pre-screen process. This process can take up to 3 weeks.

Physical Agility & Written Test: Agility and Written testing is completed monthly, once you have passed the pre-screen process you will be notified of a testing date.

Personal History Statement & Background Investigation Packet: This information is provided by HR once you have completed and passed the agility and written portion. These packets are due the date of your oral board interview.

Oral Board Interview: You will be interviewed by a panel of 3 agency members, your oral board interview score will be combined with your passing written score for an average. Applicants who meet the average and above will move forward to the Background Process.

Background Process: During the background process you will be interviewed by a background investigator, fingerprinted and drug screened. You will also conduct the following: Polygraph, Psychological, Job Shadowing and Medical.

Selection Committee: Once you have completed and passed all required steps, your file is presented to a selection committee for recommendation.

Final Review: If the selection committee agrees with all recommendations, your file will be presented to the Sheriff for approval. If the Sheriff approves the applicant for hire, HR will make contact with the applicant.