Police Department Application and Selection Process
Applications for civilian positions are accepted for current job openings only. Applications for sworn positions are accepted during established recruiting periods. To determine if applications are being accepted for civilian and/or sworn positions, visit the Employment Page.
Upon receipt of your application, you will receive an acknowledgment (by e-mail or U.S. mail) that your application was received. If your application meets our minimum qualifications, it will be included in the current selection process.
In order to select the most qualified candidates, our selection process for civilian positions is comprehensive and will take approximately 3 to 5 weeks to complete.
Applications: Must be completed and filed on or before the filing deadline (if a deadline is indicated in the job posting). Preferred method of application is to apply online. No applications will be excluded because of omissions or deficiencies that can be corrected prior to the testing or interview process.
Written/Computer Examination: Will be conducted and scored using non-discriminatory procedures.
Oral Interviews: Will be conducted for those who achieve a score high enough on the written/computer examination to proceed to this phase. The Interview Board will be comprised of members of the department or the Department's Administrative Support Supervisor, all of whom have been trained in this process.
Background Investigations: Will be conducted of those applicants who proceed from the oral interview. Investigations will be conducted by trained officers.
Oral Interview with the Chief of Police: Will be conducted one-on-one upon successful completion of all the above items.
Appointment to Probationary Status: Will be made by the Chief of Police for the successful candidate(s) after satisfactory completion of all phases of our process.
The application and selection process to become a Police Officer with the City of Gaithersburg Police Department is extremely thorough to ensure the best qualified candidates are selected. The process consists of a series of tests and assessment components which must be successfully completed in order to be considered for employment as a Police Officer. The entire process may be quite lengthy, depending on the number of applicants in the process. Applicants are notified in writing of all scheduled procedures and examinations.
Application: Must be complete, accurate and submitted on or before the filing deadline (if a deadline is indicated in the job posting). Preferred method of application is to apply online. Applications will not automatically be rejected because of omissions or deficiencies that can be corrected prior to the testing or interview process. Applicants who are certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission will be requested to submit a copy of their certification card during the selection process. Applicants will receive a written acknowledgment that their application was received and will be informed of what actions must be taken in order to continue in the application process.
Preliminary Fitness/Physical Agility Test: When administered, will use job-related measurements and will be scored and evaluated using non-discriminatory procedures. Testing is conducted by department fitness instructors and may include, but is not limited to, running, push-ups, and sit-ups.
Written Examination: When administered, will apply to all applicants and will use valid, useful, and non-discriminatory procedures. The test is standardized and timed, and applicants provide a writing sample as part of the examination.
Oral Interview: Will be conducted in front of an interview panel for those applicants who achieve a score high enough on the written examination to proceed to this phase. The Interview Board will be comprised of members of the department who have been trained in this process.
Background Investigation: Is required by City of Gaithersburg ordinance and Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission (MPCTC) regulations, and will be conducted by sworn officers trained in investigative techniques. Because we strive to hire the best-qualified candidate(s), the background investigation consists of, and may be not limited to:
- A check of personal references
- Driving status records check
- A criminal record check at the local, state, and national levels (applicant will be fingerprinted)
- Interviewing present and/or previous employers, co-workers, and neighbors for the past 10 years.
- Interviewing members of the applicant’s family
- Checking with the applicant’s current law enforcement agency employer (if an applicant is currently a police officer) to determine if the applicant would be leaving in “good standing” (required by MPCTC regulations)
- Checking with banks, creditors and others with whom the applicant has conducted business or with whom the applicant may have a credit record
- Checking military records (if applicable)
- Checking court records for criminal, civil, and traffic records of open, pending, adjudicated, or closed cases
- Interviewing other sources of information
- Ensuring applicants are in compliance with all MPCTC regulations, including those governing prior drug use
Computer Voice Stress Analysis: Will be conducted by professionals who are licensed/trained to administer and interpret the results (conducted at no cost to the candidate).
Oral Interview with the Chief of Police: Will be conducted one-on-one.
Pre-Placement Processes at Time of Conditional Offer of Employment
Candidates who have successfully completed all steps in the application process up to this point may be eligible for a conditional offer of employment. Conditional offers of employment will be made as job openings arise.
The offer of employment is conditional upon successful completion of the remaining steps in the selection process. Candidates must successfully complete each required pre-placement examination or assessment before moving to the next. If any elements of the pre-placement process are not successfully completed, the offer of employment will be withdrawn by the City of Gaithersburg.
Pre-Placement Emotional Stability and Psychological Examination: Will be conducted by professionals licensed/trained in this area (conducted at no cost to the candidate).
Pre-Placement Medical Examination & Physical Fitness/Physical Agility Assessment: A more comprehensive fitness/agility test and stress test will be conducted by professionals licensed/trained in this area (conducted at no cost to the candidate). A drug-screening test is included in the medical examination and is required by the State of Maryland.
Final Process at Time of Formal Offer of Employment
If all tests, examinations, and remaining background investigation matters are completed successfully, the City of Gaithersburg will provide the candidate with a formal employment offer which will include the anticipated employment start date.
Appointment to Probationary Status: Will be made by the Chief of Police. The probationary period is 24 months.
Reimbursement Agreement: All sworn employees are required to sign a Reimbursement Agreement indicating they agree to repay the City for a portion of the investment expended in training and outfitting the employee should the employee not complete the 24-month probationary period.
REAPPLICATION/RETESTING POLICY (Civilian and Sworn Positions)
Applications that meet minimum qualifications and are received during the designated period the job announcement is posted (civilian positions) or during the established recruiting period (sworn positions) are included in the current selection process. Applications are not automatically rejected because of omissions or deficiencies that can be corrected prior to any testing or interview period.
The recruitment period for sworn positions establishes a standing eligibility list for future Department vacancies; positions are filled based on operational needs.
All applications are maintained on file for a period of one year following the close of the hiring or recruiting process, including the applications of those not selected for the eligibility list (sworn positions) during the established recruiting period. Applicants for sworn positions will be notified if their application will be considered in the next selection process. However, the City reserves the right to require applicants to update their application or submit a new application in its entirety.
The City of Gaithersburg allows reapplication, retesting, and re-evaluation of applicants not appointed to probationary status on any previous attempt, provided that the applicant has not been rejected or disqualified for good cause. The applicant must reapply during an established recruitment period by submitting a new City of Gaithersburg employment application.
For more information on applying for employment with the
City of Gaithersburg, visit the Employment Page.