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Special Police Officer Academy

Serve and Protect Your Community!

Course Details and Schedule

The next Basic Special Police Officer Academy is being planned. To receive information about when the program will be offered next, complete the Special Police Officer (SPO) Interest Indicator Form.

Effective October 1, 2020, every applicant for a Maryland Special Police Officer commission must receive 80 hours of training based on 61 state-mandated Objectives (Maryland HB1111). MC is utilizing the expertise of law enforcement and public safety instructors to prepare the SPO candidate for required job-related skills that include: 

  • Constitutional and Criminal Law
  • De-escalation techniques
  • CPR / first aid
  • Rules of arrest and criminal process
  • Active shooter, incident command
  • Note taking and report procedures

Special Police Officer printable flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Basic Special Police Officer (SPO) Academy Classroom
  • Course# PST001, CRN# TBD
  • Hours: 64
  • Investment: $3:00 tuition + $297 fee = $597.
  • Non-MD residents add $250
Basic Special Police Officer (SPO) Academy Hands On
  • Course# PST002, CRN# TBD
  • Hours: 16
  • Investment: $100 tuition + $98 fee = $198.
  • Non-MD residents add $120
 
Special Police Officer Interest Indicator Form
 

Upon completion, the SPO candidate will receive a Certificate of Completion that is required when applying for a commission. This course will help to ensure that the following businesses and governmental units have candidates with the required training and skills to achieve their commission, while gaining the confidence to protect business guests and assets: 

  • Colleges and universities
  • K-12 school systems
  • Court system employees
  • Retail establishments, restaurants
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities

 

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