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Maryland Natural Resources Police - Officer Candidate

This position is the first step towards becoming a Maryland Natural Resources Police Officer. Employees in this position attend the Maryland Natural Resources Police Training Academy to learn how to enforce State and Federal laws as they apply to conservation, boating, DNR-managed lands, criminal law, civil law, and traffic violations.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is recognized nationally as a leader in the field of conservation and boating law enforcement.​​​​

Basic Recruit Class 65 - To Be Determined​

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Salary & Benefits


For a comprehensive list of benefits please refer to the attached State Law Enforcement Officers Labor Alliance Memorandum of Understanding 2022-2025.

  • Salary
    • The pay scale for the Maryland Natural Resources Police can be found in the candidate information section under “Salary”.
    • The salary for the Maryland Natural Resources Police is negotiated by the State Law Enforcement Officers Labor Alliance (SLEOLA). Details about upcoming cost of living adjustments (COLA) and steps can be found in the “SLEOLA MOU” in the candidate information section.
  • ​Leave
    • Annual Leave
      • Annual leave may be accumulated to a maximum of 75 days or 600 hours and carried into a new calendar year.
      • Employees will earn annual leave at the following rates:
      • ​Years of Service
        ​Days Earned Per Year
        ​Less than 5
        ​Up to 10
        ​5 - 10
        ​Up to 15
        ​11 - 19
        ​Up to 20
        ​20 or more
        ​Up to 25

    • ​​​Personal Leave
      • Employees are awarded 6 personal days per calendar year.
    • Holidays
      • Employees receive 12 holidays each year, and an additional holiday on election years.
    • Sick Leave
      • Employees earn 15 days of sick leave every calendar year and accumulate on a bi-weekly basis.
      • Unused sick leave hours are carried over into subsequent calendar years.
    • Military Leave
      • Employees in the armed forces are entitled to 15 days of military leave per calendar year for training
    • For more detailed information on the previously mentioned types of as well as other types of leave offered you can also refer to the Maryland Department of Budget and Management's leave information page here.
  • ​Vehicles
    • Officers are issued state vehicles that can be used for off-duty use under certain restrictions.
  • Fitness Bonus
    • Officers who successfully pass the fitness test each year will receive a $1,000.00 bonus.
  • Clothing Allowance
    • Officers receive a $1500.00 per fiscal year clothing allowance.
  • Education Bonus
    • Associate’s Degree: $125
    • Bachelor’s Degree: $250
    • Master’s Degree: $375
    • Doctorate: $500
  • Health Insurance
    • Employees can participate in the State of Maryland Benefits package.
    • Open enrollment occurs yearly
    • Health options include: Vision, prescription drug, dental, life, accidental/death, behavioral health, child care
    • Spending, and health care spending. See individual plans for specific packages.
    • The state subsidizes medical, prescription drug, and dental benefits.
    • For details regarding our health insurance plan, please visit this site.
  • Retirement
    • Pension
      • Our officers participate in the Law Enforcement Officers Pension System (LEOPS)
      • This system provides officers with a lifetime benefit.
      • Normal service retirement is age 50 or 25 years of eligibility service at any age.
      • Officers will receive 50% of their salary at 25 years of service.
      • Officers can receive a maximum of 65% of their salary at 32.5 years of credible service.
    • ​DROP
      • The Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) provides another path to retirement for eligible members of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Pension System. Under this voluntary program, you can “retire” (and begin accumulating your retirement benefits in a DROP account) while you continue to work (and draw a paycheck) with your same employer. While in DROP, your monthly retirement benefits are deposited in a DROP account within the Law Enforcement Officers’ Pension System and earn compounded interest for as long as you remain in DROP.​
    • ​401K
      • Officers are offered the opportunity to open an unmatched 401K with the department.
    • 457
      • Officers are offered the opportunity to open a 457 deferred compensation plan with the department.
    • A copy of the Benefits Handbook - Law Enforcement Officers’ Pension System can be found here​.​​
    • Visit the State Retirement Agency online at or call 410-625-5555 for specific information.

Minimum Requirements


Age Requirement

  • Shall be 21 years old or older to be eligible for provisional certification; and
  • May attend an academy while younger than 21 years old but may not perform law enforcement duties until the applicant is 21 years old and provisionally certified. (COMAR

Citizenship Requirement

  • Be a United States citizen
  • or a permanent legal resident of the United States who:
    • Is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces; and
    • Has submitted an application for United States citizenship that is pending approval. (COMAR

Education Requirement

  • An applicant for the position of police officer shall possess a:
    • High school diploma issued by a high school or recognized by the State Board of Education; or
    • General Education Development (GED) certificate or diploma:
      • Issued by Maryland or another state, or
      • Recognized by the State Board of Education.
    • The law enforcement agency may accept a college degree in place of the requirements under §C(1) of this regulation. (COMAR

Physical and Mental Health Requirement

  • Before an applicant may be selected for a position as a police officer, the applicant shall be examined by and receive a recommendation from a licensed, trained, and qualified medical doctor indicating that the applicant is physically able to:
    • Perform the duties of a police officer as determined by the employing law enforcement agency; and
    • Participate in the entrance-level training program.
    • Applicants should be in excellent physical condition and
    • have 20/25 eyesight and possess binocular far and near visual acuity, with or without correction
  • Before an applicant may be selected for a position as a police officer, a mental health professional shall conduct a psychological evaluation of the applicant and offer a positive recommendation indicating that the applicant is:
    • Emotionally and mentally fit; and
    • Able to perform the duties of a police officer as these duties are determined by the law enforcement agency. (COMAR

Driver's License and Driving Record Requirement

  • The applicant shall possess a valid driver's license.
  • The agency head hiring the applicant shall:
    • Perform a check of the applicant's driving record and maintain a copy of the results; and
    • Record on the AFC the applicant's driver's license number, the state of issue, and an indication that the driving record has been reviewed. (COMAR

Background Requirement

  • An agency head or authorized agency under §A(7) of this regulation shall perform a comprehensive background investigation to determine if an applicant:
    • Is of good moral character and reputation;
    • Is emotionally stable; and
    • Displays the behavior necessary to perform the duties of a police officer. (COMAR

Record of Criminal Conviction

  • If the results of the criminal history records check reveal that an applicant has been convicted or otherwise found guilty of a felony, or a misdemeanor for which a sentence of imprisonment for 1 year or more could have been imposed, the Commission shall include available information concerning the conviction with Commission records related to the applicant’s AFC.
  • Applicants should not be under a court order related to domestic violence. (COMAR

Drug Use

  • An individual is ineligible for initial certification as a police officer in Maryland if the individual has:
    • Been convicted or otherwise found guilty of selling, manufacturing, or distributing a controlled dangerous substance, narcotic drug, or marijuana;
    • Ever illegally sold, produced, cultivated, distributed, or transported a controlled dangerous substance, narcotic drug, or marijuana;
    • Illegally used a controlled dangerous substa​nce or narcotic drug for any purpose within the 36 months before application for certification; (NOT MARIJUANA)
    • Illegally engaged in the use of marijuana for any purpose within the 12 months preceding the date of application for certification;
    • Ever illegally used a controlled dangerous substance, or narcotic drug for other than experimentation as specified under §D of this regulation; or
    • Ever illegally used a controlled dangerous substance, narcotic drug, or marijuana while employed to enforce federal, State, or local law by any government entity. (COMAR

Application Submission


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Fitness & Written Testing


​Prospect Day will consist of three parts.

  1. Initial Background Screening
    • Applicants will be asked to complete an NRP 571 Initial Personal Information Sheet. The information disclosed in this sheet will be utilized to begin an applicant’s background investigation. Applicants must answer the questions in this form honestly. Failure to honestly answer the questions on this form will result in the disqualification of the applicant.
  2. Functional Fitness Assessment Test (FFAT)
    • The Functional Fitness Agility Test (FFAT) is used to determine if an applicant for the position of Officer Candidate is capable of completing the physical fitness and agility requirements to obtain initial certification by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission (Commission). For this reason, there are no rest breaks between the exercises.
    • ​​Y​ou will be evaluated on the following tasks:​
      • ​​The applicant will pull/drag a 150-pound dummy 15 feet.
      • ​​The applicant will demonstrate the ability to run up and down two flights of stairs.
      • ​​The applicant will climb over a 4-foot barrier.
      • ​​The applicant will demonstrate the ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds safely and place it onto a 22” tabletop.
      • ​​The applicant will demonstrate the ability to run for a distance of 300 yards.
  3. Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB)
    • The Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery Test (LEAB) is the proposed written test for entry-level hiring. More information will be provided at a later date.

Background Investigation



  • Applicants will be interviewed by the hiring board
  • Applicants must pass an oral interview in accordance with COMAR

Psychological and Medical Examination



  • ​​​The hiring board will rank the remaining applicants. Approximately two weeks before the academy, the highest-ranked applicants will be offered an opportunity to accept a slot at the academy. Alternates will also be selected at this time.
  • If an applicant becomes injured or resigns, an alternate may take their place.



Thank you for your interest in becoming a Maryland Natural Resources Police Officer.