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Maryland Transportation Authority Police

Police Training Academy

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A law-enforcement career with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police provides officer candidates a strong sense of personal satisfaction that comes from serving the public and the potential for career growth and professional development within the force. The Maryland Transportation Authority Police are eager to welcome qualified and dedicated men and women to their ranks.

MDTA Police Training Academy - Practical Training

Members of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police department are professional law-enforcement officers who must meet established standards and successfully complete a rigorous training program as required by the Maryland Police Training Commission. Officer candidates receive this training at the Maryland Transportation Authority's Police Training Academy, a fully accredited police-training facility located at the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695).

MDTA Police Training Academy - Defensive Tactics Training

The standard training course covers subjects such as criminal and motor-vehicle law, accident investigation, first aid, abnormal psychology, traffic control, criminal investigation, defense tactics, weapons qualifications and court procedures. In addition, college credits are available at the Community College of Baltimore, Catonsville Campus.

Academy students are required to maintain a high academic standing during their seven-month classroom training. Upon graduation, officers will be assigned to Field Training Officers for an additional eight weeks of training. Thereafter, officers are eligible for assignment to any of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police detachments.

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age and in good physical condition, as determined by a medical examination. In addition, applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a background free of any criminal convictions. Applicants will take an entrance test and will undergo a physical examination, a polygraph test, a psychological evaluation and an interview. Graduation from a standard high school or possession of a State High School Equivalency Certificate is required. Candidates also must posses a valid Class "C" motor vehicle-operations license.

Instructors from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Training Academy and certified experts are available to provide a variety of specialized services to all Maryland Department of Transportation agencies including:

  • Polygraph examinations
  • Child ID program
  • Classroom instruction and training facilities
  • Commercial vehicle safety and post crash inspections
  • Partnerships with other police departments' promotional and disciplinary boards
  • Blood alcohol content testing
  • Motor vehicle collision reconstruction
  • Criminal investigations

E-mail the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Training Academy at or call 1-877-890-8827 for more information.