City Offices and Facilities Closed Sunday May 26 & May 27- In Observance of Memorial Day

City Offices and Facilities will be closed Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. As always, the Takoma Park Police Department is open for emergency services. We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday.

Library Renovations: Updated: May 14, 2024 -TKPK Celebrates a Major Construction Milestone With a Structural Steel Topping-off Ceremony on May 21 from 3-3:30 pm

The scheduling of demolition and construction timelines are pending weather.

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Welcome to the Takoma Park Police Department Careers page!

Actively Recruiting Police Officers:

Entry Level:  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • No prior experience or training is required.
  • Valid State Driver’s License.
  • Must meet COMAR hiring standards.

Salary Range:  $64,128.84 – $101,741.11 for Entry Level Police Officer


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Valid State Driver’s License.
  • Must meet COMAR hiring standards.
  • Prior MD law enforcement certification or out of state certification, with eligibility for Comparative Compliance.

Salary Range:  $64,128.14 – $74,424.14 (depending on experience) –  $101,741.11 for Lateral Police Officer


Actively Hiring Communications Officers.  Click HERE for information.

Actively Hiring Crossing Guards.  Click HERE for information.



Careers with the City of Takoma Park

Takoma Park is the only full service municipal police department in Montgomery County, Maryland. We are a diverse team of almost 70 dedicated professionals readily serving the residents of Takoma Park. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life in the community by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and the State of Maryland to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear of crime and provide for a safe environment. We are seeking individuals who are committed to contributing to the Department’s accomplishment of this goal.

You may be interested in our exciting and worthwhile opportunities as a sworn officer or in a civilian position.  To explore our current jobs, check out our Career Openings.

Our Careers page is updated regularly. Applications are accepted for available opportunities. We look forward to receiving your application and wish you the best in your endeavor to serve the community.

The City of Takoma Park does not discriminate for employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, family or marital status, genetic information, or any other category protected by law.

The Opportunities and Benefits of Working in the Takoma Park Police Department


As a small full-service Department, there are many areas we offer the opportunity for an officer to gain meaningful knowledge and skills:

  • Community oriented policing
  • Criminal Investigations Unit (CID)
  • Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Patrol
  • Special Assignment Team (SAT)
  • Speed enforcement

Our programs do not end with the officers; there are numerous opportunities for those in civilian positions who work in tandem with our officers to serve our community:

  • Administrative Services
  • Communications/Dispatch
  • Emergency Management
  • Procurement
  • Public Information
  • Speed Enforcement Support
  • Victim/Witness Coordination


The City of Takoma Park offers a generous benefit program to its staff. Below is a list of some of the benefits available.

  • Participation in the City of Takoma Park Police Employees Retirement Plan (Police Officers)
  • Participation in the Maryland State Retirement System (Civilian Staff)
  • Participation in the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Paid medical, dental and vision coverage for full-time employees, based on plan option selected
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Life insurance up to $50,000
  • Supplemental insurance program options
  • Additional life insurance benefits through the Police Retirement and Maryland State Retirement plans
  • Paid vacation, sick and personal leave
  • Uniform allowance
  • Take-home car
  • Court over-time
  • Night differential
  • Union representation

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