Police Department


The Cumberland Police Department is seeking a qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Police following the retirement announcement of Chief Charles Hinnant. Please click here for more information.


The Cumberland Police Department will conduct pre-employment testing for the position of Police Officer on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at the Cumberland Police Department, 20 Bedford Street, Cumberland, Maryland.  The testing will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.  Candidates should arrive no later than 4:45 p.m., as the doors will be locked at that time.

Candidates interested in participating in the testing process must submit an employment application to the Human Resources Department located at City Hall, 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, Maryland.  The deadline for submitting applications will be 12:00 p.m., Monday, October 28, 2019.  Applications along with detailed information about the pre-employment testing procedures are available at City Hall or can be located on the City’s website www.ci.cumberland.md.us.

Minimum requirements for the position are that the individual must be 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma or equivalent of such, vision must be 20/40 or corrected to 20/20, and possess a valid driver’s license.

Patrolman Salary: Starting rate is $19.08 The City of Cumberland offers a liberal benefits package which includes a 25-year State of Maryland retirement, deferred compensation program available, choice of hospitalization plans, prescription card, vision program, dental plan available, sick leave, paid vacation/holidays, and health/life insurance.

The City of Cumberland is a full-service community of 21,500 citizens, situated adjacent to Interstate 68 in beautiful Western Maryland. EEO/ADA

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On behalf of the men and women of the Cumberland Police Department I am pleased to welcome you to our internet website. Our site has been developed to provide you with timely information on the department and its many programs. The department employs 46 sworn officers and three full time and three part time civilian employees who serve a community of approximately 20,000 residents over 10 square miles.

Early Police Department

The history of the Cumberland Police Department dates back more than 160 years. In March 1852 the City of Cumberland passed an ordinance to establish a formal “Night Watch” and appointed a Captain and 6 Watchmen as the 1st members of the newly-formed Police Department. Originally members were hired to ensure citizen safety along with protecting property, especially during the hours of darkness. In the beginning, the most important attribute for a potential Watchman was muscle.

Continued Development

Today our Police Department continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the community in providing a safe and secure environment for our citizens to live and work. We employ highly-trained officers and support staff that serve in Patrol, Administration and Investigation, including assignments at the Combined County Criminal Investigation (C3I) Unit, and the C3I Narcotics Task Force.

There also exists various specialized positions within the department including the Cumberland Emergency Response Team (CERT), Crisis Negotiations Team, and the K-9 Unit. Resources are also dedicated to family safety and awareness including our Domestic Abuse Response Team along with providing Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE) instruction at area schools.

Staying Close to Citizens

As part of our commitment to the concepts of community policing, the Cumberland Police Department continually seeks ways to make our officers more effective by placing them in close contact with the people we serve. Apart from the normal police patrols, the department deploys bicycles patrols, foot patrols, School Resource Officers to the 8 city schools, and a Crime Prevention Officer who provides advice and direction to businesses and home owners in ways to protect themselves and their possessions. We also provide a Neighborhood Resource Officer that serves as a liaison between the neighborhoods and the Police Department in identifying and resolving matters of concern.

Thank you for visiting our website and feel free to offer your comments as to how we may better serve you in the future.
Charles H. Hinnant
Chief of Police
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