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 (for which you will receive 45 college credits). 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 the Glock Model 22 .40 caliber handgun and a 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.
After graduation from the Academy, you will report to one of the 22 State Police Barracks. Your authority will be statewide and ranges far beyond that of local and county police officers. For eight weeks, you will be supervised by an experienced Field Training Trooper (FTT). During this period, you will be afforded the opportunity to apply your Academy education and training to actual police situations. Following satisfactory completion of field training, you will begin independent patrol activities. If you are a successful applicant, you will attend the Maryland State Police Training Academy in Sykesville, Maryland.
You will live at the Academy Monday through Friday for 26 weeks. You will be required to stand military-style inspection every day. An accumulation of demerits may lead to disciplinary weekends at the Academy. It will not matter whether 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.