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Becoming a Police Officer in Bowie, Maryland

Bowie is the second largest city in Maryland in terms of geographical area, and the fourth largest in terms of population. The Bowie Police Department is fairly young, having been established in 2006. Today, the Bowie Police Department supports jobs for approximately 40 sworn police officers. Becoming a police officer in Bowie requires passing a series of tests and assessments.

Do you wish to know how to become a cop in Bowie by meeting police officer requirements?

  1. Verify that you meet the minimum qualifications
  2. Pass a written examination and physical fitness test
  3. Pass a background check and interview
  4. Pass medical, psychological and physical fitness screening
  5. Attend Bowie  Police Officer Training


Step 1.  Meet the Minimum Qualifications for Bowie Police Officer Candidacy

In order to apply for a job as a police officer in Bowie, Maryland, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Expect to be at least 21 when you would graduate from the Police Academy
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have no more than one point on your driving record
  • Have no felony convictions

If you feel that you meet these qualifications, complete a City of Bowie Employment Application. Mail it to Bowie Police Department, Attn: Renee Hance, 15901 Excalibur Rd, Bowie, MD 20716.

Step 2. Pass a Written Examination and Physical Fitness Test

If your application is reviewed and deemed to be complete, you will be contacted by mail and notified of the date of the next Entry-Level Written Examination. You must schedule to take this general knowledge exam. Passing the exam is vital to continuing in the hiring process to become a police officer in Bowie.

You must also pass an Entry-Level Physical Fitness Test. This test is designed to make sure that you have the physical abilities necessary to complete Police Academy training and to serve as a police officer in Bowie. It is graded on a pass/fail basis, and failing any of the exercises will result in a failing grade for the entire test. You must:

  • Complete a certain number of sit-ups in one minute (based on your sex and age)
  • Complete a certain number of push-ups in one minute (based on sex and age)
  • Complete a 1.5 mile timed run (based on sex and age)
  • Drag a 160 lb dummy ten feet in nine seconds
  • Climb a five foot high wall in less than 15 seconds

Step 3. Pass a Background Check and Interview

If you pass the two tests above, you may be called for an interview. This will be conducted by members of the Bowie Police Department, and is intended to gauge your suitability for becoming a police officer in Bowie. Applicants who pass the interview will then undergo a complete background investigation. All aspects of your life will be checked, including:

  • Personal
  • Residential
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Financial/credit
  • Criminal
  • Driving/traffic
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Medical and psychological records

Applicants who pass the background check will be issued a tentative offer of employment to become a police officer in Bowie. The offer depends upon you passing the final series of tests.

Step 4. Pass a Medical Exam, Physical Abilities Test, Psychological Exam and Drug Screening Test

Before you receive a firm offer to become a police officer in Bowie, you must pass tests designed to make sure you can handle the duties and responsibilities. A medical exam and more complete physical abilities test will ensure that you are physically and medically fit enough to work as a Bowie police officer. A psychological exam will assess your mental and emotional readiness to work in the Bowie Police Department. A drug-screening test will make sure that you are not taking any substances that would ban you from becoming a police officer in Bowie. If you pass this series of tests, you will receive a final offer to become a police officer in Bowie.

Step 5. Attend Bowie Police Officer Training

Congratulations! You are now a Police Officer (Cadet) in Bowie! You must complete state-mandated training, consisting of six months at a police academy and 10 to 12 weeks in the field with a fellow officer. Bowie utilizes the Howard County Police Academy and the Anne Arundel County Police Academy for training purposes.

The starting salary for a Police Officer (Cadet) in Bowie as of 2013 is $41,230 per year. A Police Officer who has gone through training and certification earns $45,812 annually.

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