Duties, Salary & Benefits

The police department honor guard marching in a parade on Main Street.
McGruff the Crime Dog at community event.

Duties of an Annapolis Police Officer

  • Enforces the law and ordinances of the City and State
  • Patrol an assigned area during a specific period and/or responds to a call in motorized police equipment or on foot
  • Checks doors and windows and examines premises or unoccupied buildings or residences in order to detect any suspicious conditions
  • Investigates suspicious conditions and complaints and makes arrests or persons who violate laws and ordinances
  • Accompanies prisoners to headquarters, jail, or court and appears in court as arresting officer
  • Directs traffic and wither arrests or gives violation tickets to those who break traffic laws
  • Checks automobile parking in restricted areas and gives violation tickets when necessary
  • Works at desk, answering telephone, dispatching patrol cars, operating radio transmitter, maintaining records, preparing reports, and performing other clerical and administrative duties
  • Prepares and gives lectures to school, civic, and other groups
  • Attends fires or accidents in assigned area as directed, gives all possible assistance and prepares necessary reports
  • Maintains order in crowns and attends parades, funerals, or other public gatherings and quells rioters or other unruly disturbances
  • Escorts funerals, parades, and other public processions
  • Watches for stolen cars and wanted or missing persons
  • Makes investigations and enforces City and State laws pertaining to juvenile offenders
  • Answers criminal complaints and takes necessary corrective action
  • Provides emergency first aid as required
  • May be assigned to undercover or plainclothes investigative tasks
  • Serves as crime laboratory officer, collecting and evaluating evidence, taking and processing photographs, etc
  • Serves as drug custody coordinator
  • Classifies police incident reports in accordance with uniform crime code
  • Operates motorcycle, radio patrol car, or patrol wagon as required
Children learning about K9 at community event.


Starting Salary for Entry Level Police Officer:

  • $60,000

Lateral (MPCTC Certified) Police Officer:

  • $61,500 to $106,569

Entry Level Police Officers receive yearly pay increases for the first 7 years, then at 10, 12, 15, 17, and 22 years.


Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 20 year retirement with 50% pension benefit, 75% pension benefit at 30 years
  • Medical benefits after retirement
  • Paid vacation, sick, and military leave
  • Accrue 290 hours of paid leave a year
  • Four hours minimum for court appearances outside of scheduled shift
  • Current 12 hour patrol shift with a three day weekend off every other weekend.
  • 457 plans
  • Life insurance
  • Short term and long term disability insurance
  • Credit union services
  • Equipment and uniforms
  • Take home cars (including outside Annapolis and Anne Arundel County)
  • Nightshift differential
  • Promotional opportunities
  • Police Academy and other professional training