If you are hired as a Deputy Sheriff Recruit, you will need to attend the police academy. The police academy is certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission. MPCTC requires that officers accurately complete over 500 mandates to become certified as a police officer in the state of Maryland. You will be expected to attend a six month Police Academy that is based on a Military style boot camp.
While at the Academy you will be expected to maintain a high level of military discipline. Ethics, teamwork and accountability are the hallmarks of this intensive program.
You will take college-level academic classes. You will learn how to operate a vehicle under the most stressful emergency conditions. You will spend two weeks with the Firearms Training Unit mastering both your issued handgun and patrol shotgun. You will learn defensive tactics (including boxing and martial arts) and officer survival. You will run every day. You will become certified to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Test to detect drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
You will have an in-depth knowledge of the Criminal and Motor Vehicle Laws of Maryland. You will become a Maryland State Certified First Responder so you can aid the sick and injured. You will learn how to complete reports using a personal computer. You will push your body physically and mentally to limits that you did not believe that you could endure. When you graduate you will be among the most highly trained law enforcement officers in the country. And you will be in the best shape of your life.
You will attend the Police Academy Monday through Friday for 26 weeks (6 Months). You will be required to stand military-style inspection every day. An accumulation of demerits may lead to disciplinary action at the Academy. You will be placed on one (1) year probationary status at the completion of the Academy.
Not matter if you were in the military, went to college, or had a job prior to entering the Academy, the Academy will be one of the toughest times you will ever endure in your life...physicaly and mentaly.