(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Community College and the Department of Employment Services (DOES), to provide an opportunity for qualified men and women to obtain an associate degree and become a DC Police Officer. Participants have the opportunity to obtain practical application of classroom topics through the strong partnership between UDC Community College and MPD. The cohort model allows for a dynamic and supportive learning environment.
Through this program, individuals may complete the police hiring process, before meeting the educational requirement, to determine eligibility as a police officer. MPD requires 60 credit hours of post-secondary education to be eligible for employment as a police officer. If selected, individuals would then join the UDC / MPD Police Officer Training Cohort until their successful completion of the requisite 60 credit hours. Individuals will attend classes nights and weekends through UDC Community College for about 18 months.
In coordination with UDC Community College, participants in this cohort will take two eight-week classes simultaneously throughout the year. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 pm – 10 pm and Saturdays from 9:30 am – 12:20 pm. This includes a "Special Topics" course taught jointly by MPD and UDC, discussing current challenges in law enforcement.
After the participant completes their 60 college credits through this program and receives an updated police background check, qualified members will be hired by MPD as a full-time police officer recruit with an annual salary of $58,163. New recruits will enroll in the Metropolitan Police Academy to complete the remainder of their training. UDC Community College is also offering additional credits for participants in this program to obtain their Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Law Enforcement after successful completion of the Police Training Academy. Thus, participants in this program will both graduate from the Police Training Academy and earn their associate degree.
DOES partners with MPD by committing fiscal support for MPD training programs with UDC. In addition to the financial commitment and to ensure District residents receive a fair shot at sustainable employment, DOES will provide recruitment support by tapping into the District’s talented pool of jobseekers.