Chief of Police – Baltimore County, Maryland

Job Title

Chief of Police, Baltimore County Police Department

Job Overview

Baltimore County, Maryland seeks a highly qualified, community-oriented, and innovative leader for the Baltimore County Police Department. The position offers an opportunity to accelerate crime reduction and reform efforts in one of the nation’s largest police departments.

A successful applicant has a proven track record of leadership in a law enforcement agency, with demonstrated success in improving public safety. Strong organizational management skills and an ability to bolster officer morale are critical. The ideal candidate will possess an ability to build trust and respect with the community and will embrace transparency and an understanding of 21st Century policing principles. A collaborative and inclusive leadership style is a must.

The Chief of Police reports directly to the County Executive and/or senior staff designee(s).

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Serves as chief executive of the department and directs all matters of strategy, policy, operations, and discipline.
  • Devotes full time to the duties of the office.
  • Leads the development of a strategic plan, goals, and objectives for the department.
  • Formulates crime prevention and law enforcement strategies for the county; continually adjusting to stay ahead of emerging trends.
  • Evaluates and appropriately implements evidence-based policing and crime prevention strategies in the County.
  • Manages the $224 million police department budget, ensuring strong expenditure controls and financial management policies are in place.
  • Instills a community policing mindset throughout the department, and works to build relationships of trust and mutual respect with the community.
  • Fosters effective communication and positive relationships with the County Executive, Senior Staff, County Council, and other officials regarding police department matters.
  • Attends frequent public meetings with community members and elected officials.
  • Works to implement reforms within the department, specifically geared towards transparency, accountability, and enhancing trust with the community.
  • Ensures a fair and effective system of discipline and strong accountability mechanisms throughout the department.
  • Builds a department that embraces inclusiveness and diversity in the workplace.
  • Coordinates with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on crime prevention and enforcement initiatives.
  • Aligns with the County State’s Attorney’s Office and Federal prosecutors to ensure positive outcomes and fairness and justice within the criminal justice system.
  • Assesses and improves existing systems, processes, and policies within the department.


The position requires a bachelor's degree. A master's degree in criminal justice, police administration, business administration, or related field is strongly preferred. A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience is required, no less than five of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity. An equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job will be considered. Additional specialized education, such as the FBI National Academy, is desirable. At the time of appointment, the appointee is not required to be a resident of the County but during the tenure of office, the Chief shall reside within the County.


Competitive compensation package available commensurate with experience.

About the Baltimore County Police Department

The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) is the nation’s 18th largest police department. With more than 1,900 sworn offices, BCoPD serves a demographically and geographically diverse area. Baltimore County comprises 612 square miles, including urban, suburban and rural areas.

The Police Department is divided into three bureaus each commanded by a Colonel: Operations Bureau, Administrative and Technical Services Bureau, and Community Resources Bureau. Each of these bureaus is subdivided into divisions that have individual responsibilities to achieve the Police Department’s mission. BCoPD includes 10 patrol precincts.

BCoPD’s annual budget appropriate is $224 million.

Statistical information about BCoPD can be found here.

BCoPD's mission is enforcement of the laws and ordinances of Maryland and Baltimore County; the protection of life and property; the prevention and detection of crime; preservation of the peace; and protection of the rights of all citizens.

About Baltimore County

Baltimore County is situated in the geographic center of Maryland, surrounding Baltimore City almost entirely. Baltimore City and Baltimore County are separate political subdivisions. Baltimore County is the third-most populous county in Maryland, with a population of 831,128 in 2015. The population is projected to grow by two percent to 847,000 by 2020.

The County is the third-largest land area of any political subdivision in the state of Maryland, with 612 square miles and an additional 28 square miles of water. Over the past few decades, the predominant land use in the County has changed from rural to an urban and rural mix. Baltimore County is comprised of 29 unincorporated communities.