Recruitment FAQ’s

NOTE: Information provided in these FAQ’s are subject to change without notice.

Do I get paid while I am in the Police Academy?
Yes, if you are accepted into the Police Academy you will be paid as a Police Recruit with a base pay of $40,000. Upon successful completion of the Academy the salary goes to $46,920.

Are you currently testing and hiring?
Yes, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office is always accepting applications for the positions of Police and Correctional Officer. The testing cycle is completed quarterly. Once your application is received a prescreen will be completed, then you will be notified in the mail confirming your status.

How do I apply for any of the listed job openings?
Complete a full application

What does the PO/CO written test consist of and what should I study?
Our test consists of reading comprehension, math and a personality section. It’s scored by two sections: Cognitive and Personality. You can visit or for the study guide information. The test version used is NCJOSI for Police and NCOSI for Corrections.

If I take the written test and fail, may I reapply?
You may contact Human Resources to set up another testing date 30 days from your original testing date.

I’m currently on active duty in the military. When should I start the hiring process?
This depends on your flexibility and if you are able to keep up with appointments made with investigators and the different components of the background phase. If your schedule is flexible, you may apply 6-8 months prior to your terminal date.

How do I update my personal information on file?
If you are still in the initial process of the hiring phase, please contact 301-609-6417 or email with the information. If you are in the background investigation phase, contact your assigned investigator.

I have not heard anything about my application status. Should I reapply?
No, call Human Resources at 301-609-6417 or email to check on the status of your application. We may be in between testing cycles and have no updates to send yet.

May I apply for more than one position at the same time?
Yes, but a separate application is required for each position you are applying for.

How long does it take to complete the hiring process?
Typically, 4-6 months. At times, the process may take a longer.

Whom may I contact for more information?
If you are looking to find out more information about the hiring process, you may contact the Pre-Employment Unit at 301-609-5933 or Human Resources at 301-609-6417.

What does the Physical Agility consist of?
Please follow this link to find out how you can prepare. Visit How To Prepare on the information list.