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Academy Training
The Rockville City Police does not run its own police academy. Therefore, new candidates are sent to local training academies that meet all of the requirements of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission. The academy usually runs for approximately six months.

Duty Assignment
A recruit is placed on a one-year probationary period once they have completed all Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission mandated training requirements. After successful completion of a six month police academy, the recruit is assigned to the Field Training program with an experienced officer for about 12 weeks.

Promotional Opportunities
Promotions are obtained on the basis of various competitive processes. After five years from the date of hire, an officer is eligible to compete in the promotional process for Sergeant. To be eligible to compete for the next higher rank (Lieutenant), an officer must have 3 years experience as a sergeant.

Police Officers may retire at any age with 25 years of credited service, and receive 2.25% per year of service on their final average earnings. An officer retiring with 25 years of service will receive 56.25% of his/her final average earnings. The maximum a police officer can earn is 67.5% of his/her final average earnings (30 years of service). Final average earnings is defined as the Officers average salary during the final five years of service.

The City provides the same health benefits to a retiree and his/her family that it does to an active employee. The retiree must be under 65 years of age and be eligible for full retirement benefits. If the retiree leaves the coverage area for the City's health plans, the City will reimburse the employee for health insurance up to the prevailing two-person coverage employer rate granted to current employees.