Cheverly - Certified Police Officer (Lateral)

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Department Cheverly Police Department
Job TitleCertified Police Officer (Lateral)
Salary$63,839 to $78,573
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Cheverly, MD
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Cheverly Police Department, MD Police JobsCHEVERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT



 (Maryland Certified OR Eligible for Maryland Certification) 


The Cheverly Police Department is seeking men and women that exhibit the characteristics of sound judgment, honesty, reliability, integrity, and the ability to blend the philosophy of community-oriented policing with a desire to best serve the interests of the residents of the Town of Cheverly. The typical duties of a lateral police officer include: enforcing the criminal and traffic laws of the State of Maryland, Prince George’s County, and the Code of the Town of Cheverly, problem solving, report writing, courtroom presentation, and providing effective service to residents. In exchange for these duties, police officers are offered a competitive salary, excellent benefits, tuition reimbursement and a $5,000 signing bonus (for those who qualify). Shift work is required of all department employees.

Persons currently certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission (MPCTC) are preferred. In addition, minority, female, and bi-lingual (English/Spanish) persons are strongly encouraged to apply. The Town of Cheverly is an Equal Opportunity Employer without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability, political or union affiliation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently a certified police officer, or eligible to receive a Maryland Police Certification after completion of comparative compliance (MPCTC Police Certification). 
  • High School Graduate
  • 21 Years of Age at Certification
  • Possess a Valid Driver’ License


Examples of Duties (Illustrative Only)

Police Officers patrol assigned areas in vehicle or on foot; maintain radio contact with County Police Communications; reports crimes or unusual situations; responds to calls involving criminal violations; secures crime scenes to restore peace and protect evidence; call for assistance as needed; interviews complainants, suspects, and witnesses; collect evidence; make arrests; search suspects for weapons and dangerous substances and stolen property; transports suspects for booking purposes; obtain arrest warrants; fingerprint and photograph persons and scenes; interrogates suspects; deposit evidence and recovered property in Departmental storage; write criminal offense reports; and testify in court as needed.

Police Officers respond to calls for traffic accidents or other vehicle and pedestrian incidents; secure accident scenes to protect victims and property; give first aid and call for medical assistance; interview participants and witnesses; draw sketches and take measurements; issue traffic citations, if appropriate; write accident reports; and testify in court as needed.

Police Officers give general assistance to the public (assist stranded motorists, give directions, remove hazardous objects from roadway, search for lost children, etc.); assists persons with special problems and direct them to proper agency; issues traffic citations, warnings, parking tickets and safety repair orders; directs traffic at special events (parades) and at other locations (accidents, road hazards, signal malfunctions, etc.); serves arrest warrants issued by District Court; advises citizens and commercial businesses on crime prevention and security measures; gives talks to community groups, etc.; maintains vehicles and equipment to keep them clean and in good working order.

Police Officers regularly investigate criminal acts in accordance with Department regulations and associated Memorandums of Understanding and regularly provide lookouts, suspect photographs or images, and intelligence information as necessary. Officers also routinely process crime scenes to collect fingerprints, take statements, and arrest suspects or cause warrants to be issued while following up on these reported crimes. Officers may also routinely engage in plainclothes enforcement operations, detailed patrols, or be temporarily assigned to undercover work for limited use in narcotics enforcement and other related areas.


Essential Functions; Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Police officers are required to show the physical strength to repel attacks, engage in both vehicular and foot pursuit of suspects, forcibly detain or handcuff persons under arrest or who are an immediate threat to the officer, forcibly carry a prisoner to a transport vehicle and/or an injured person away from an immediate threat and toward treatment. The job of Police Officer is physically demanding and the requirements listed, by default, are not inclusive. Aside from responding to these job characteristics, the officer must have demonstrated the capabilities to pass the physical strength and efficiency requirements of the police academy for which he/she attended.

Police Officers must be able to communicate in English clearly and concisely, in both the written and spoken form and must be able to hear, understand, and follow simple oral directions as well as intricate commands. Officers must be able to visually perform all required duties, able to stand, walk and/or run for prolonged periods of time; and work in confined spaces. They must be able to transport themselves to and from various locations/ meetings.

Police Officers must have the ability to read and understand Federal, State, County, Local and Motor Vehicle Laws; understand local government structure and functions and Departmental written directives (General Orders Manual, SOPs, etc.); have ability to analyze emergency situations, apply first aid and/or request emergency rescue services; have the ability to apply principles to solve practical problems and analyze situations quickly, unemotionally, and objectively; have the ability to work independently; have the ability to complete routine forms and records, calculate fractions, decimals and percentages; have the ability to apply law enforcement methods and procedures, and take appropriate action as needed; have the ability to handle sensitive public contacts; have knowledge of self-defense; have the ability to effectively use standard police weapons; must have knowledge of Cheverly’s geography and street locations; be able to operate a motor vehicle under emergency conditions, and utilize police radios, radar, and other equipment.

Police Officers must have personal integrity; be attentive to detail; be emotionally stable, and physically fit. Additionally, Police Officers must be available for overtime as required.


Selection Process

  • 1. Completion and Submission of an Application and Personal History Statement
    2. Oral Board Interview
    3. Drug Screening
    4. Polygraph Examination
    5. Conditional Offer of Employment
    6. Psychological Screening
    7. Medical Examination
    8. Background Investigation
    9. Final Offer of Employment
  • Reasons for disqualification from the employment process may include (but are not limited to) the following: poor work history; poor driving record; felony conviction; illegal drug usage, including the purchase, sale, or distribution of drugs; falsification of employment documents; inability to complete any of the components of the background process; and/or any other disqualifying factor as determined by the Chief of Police.
  • Candidates may apply at For questions regarding the Recruitment Process, contact recruitment via email at, or via phone at 301-341-1055


The Town of Cheverly's employment requirements mandate that all employees of the town have the COVID-19 vaccination, and that all COVID-19 vaccinations be up to date and current, in order to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. The only exceptions to this mandate, which are considered by the town with appropriate documentation, are religious and medical exemptions.



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