The Baltimore City Police Department—the eighth largest police force in the United States—will return to Cayuga Community College to recruit for 150 positions that the department will fill this year, with academy classes starting every two months. Last year, the department tested approximately 150 applicants, of whom 18 people were offered jobs, 12 accepted, and two others are still being processed.
Representatives from the Baltimore Police Department will offer its Civil Service Test at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on May 5. For the test, applicants are required to wear a shirt and tie for males, and business attire for females. Those who pass the Civil Service Test will be invited to participate in a fitness test on the following day, May 6, at 8 a.m. The recruiters will review applicants’ documents and conduct preliminary interviews beginning at 8 a.m. on May 7. All of the activities are slated to occur at Cayuga’s Auburn Campus, 197 Franklin St.
The test is free and open to any U.S. citizen who is a high school graduate (or the equivalent GED) 20 years or older with a valid driver’s license. No pre-registration is required.
“We’re eager to get to the Cayuga campus again as part of our recruitment drive in the hopes of finding more applicants like we did last year,” Detective Gregory W. Ostrander, who is coordinating the recruitment event. “For applicants that are motivated, they can potentially be on the street as police officers by the summer of 2013.”
The Civil Service Test is good for two years, so students who still have one year left of college can start the process and see if they would meet the requirements set by the department, Ostrander said.
Those who pass the preliminary interview and document review will be invited down to Baltimore to start their background investigation on June 4. The applicants have to do a polygraph physiological examination as well as medical exam. Those who pass all stages of processing will be offered employment.
The department selected Cayuga to be its recruitment center because of its central location in the state and because it has a strong criminal justice program. Currently, 425 Cayuga Community College students take criminal justice courses online or at the Auburn or Fulton campus.
The written exam tests the areas that are important for success as a police officer, including the ability to learn, remember, and apply facts; ability to remember faces and details about people and events; ability to use logic and reasoning to solve problems related to police work; and personal interests. Anyone interested in receiving a study guide or assistance on test preparation is encouraged to contact Detective Ostrander at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 443-360-8067.
The fitness test challenges applicants to complete sit-ups (29) and push-ups (20 for men, 10 for women) within a minute, demonstrate flexibility, run 1.5 miles in 16:28 minutes, and control a firearm in both the weak and strong hand.
For more information, contact the Baltimore City Police Recruitment Unit at 410-396-2340 or visit the web site at www.BaltimorePolice.org and click “Join the Team.”