Park Police Officer Candidate

Park Police Officer Candidate
Organization Montgomery Parks
Location Wheaton, Maryland
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Dec 31, 2023

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is currently seeking applicants for Park Police Officer Candidates within Montgomery County. The Park Police secure and protect over 59,000 acres of park property in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, on a 24-hour basis. Come be a part of our team and make a difference in the exciting career of law enforcement!

Application Process:
Please complete the on-line application by clicking the Apply link. If you meet the requirements you will receive a formal invitation via email to take the Written Examination. The written exam is designed to assess cognitive ability measured with three non-cognitive measures: personality constructs, integrity, and biographical data.  

Applications that are mailed or hand-delivered will not be considered.

Candidates will be screened and those meeting the minimum qualifications will receive a notification via email to attend the exam.  

All candidates are required to complete the Preliminary Questionnaire by clicking the below link.  Once completed, please add it as an attachment to your application.

Candidates with passing scores will be invited back for an orientation. 

Agility Test:
Applicants completing the written exam with a passing score will be invited back for an Agility Test. To take part in the Agility Test you must have Medical Clearance Medical Clearance forms (click here) must be completed prior to being allowed to take part in the Agility Test. 

Business casual attire for the written exam.  

IMPORTANT: You must bring a current, unexpired, valid driver’s license and signed Medical Clearance Form with you on the day of testing.

Applicants may purchase study materials from Industrial/Organization Solutions at  It is strongly suggested that you purchase in preparation for this exam. 

If you are unable to make the allotted date and time of the entry level exam, you will be required to submit another application for consideration and will be notified of the next testing date at that time. Test dates will not be rescheduled.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: No previous experience in law enforcement is required.

Education: Graduation from high school or high school equivalency certificate recognized by the Maryland State Board of Education.

Examination: Candidate applicants must pass the Commission’s written Police Officer Candidate examination, must pass an oral interview conducted by a Police Assessment board.

background investigation will be made on each candidate and the candidate must meet the Commission’s suitability requirements.

Medical and Physical Standards: Park Police Candidates must be able to successfully pass a medical examination based on the Commission’s medical standards for Park Police administered by a Commission approved medical physician prior to appointment.

U.S. citizen and not less than 21 years old at the time of application.

Supplemental Information

These positions are for those interested in working within Montgomery County only. 

Written Examination
Agility Test
Completion and Submission of a Personal History Statement
Background Investigation/Voice Analysis
Oral Board Interview
Medical/Stress/Psychological Evaluations
Graduation from designated Police Academy

Reasons for disqualification may include (but are not limited to) the following:
Poor work history; poor driving record; felony conviction; illegal drug usage, possession, distribution, sale or purchase; falsification of application or other documents; failure to meet physical standards; inability to competitively complete any of the components of the selection process; and/or other disqualifying factor as determined by the M-NCPPC Park Police Department.

Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions).

Application Link