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Consistent with the Acts of Maryland, it is the mission of the Police and Correctional Training Commissions to ensure the quality of law enforcement and correctional services through the establishment and enforcement of standards and the facilitation and delivery of training, education and prevention programs.

We are committed to the continuous improvement of these professions to better provide for the health, welfare and safety of Maryland's citizens.

The integrity of the Commissions' staff is essential. The Commissions' relationships are based on the equitable and impartial application of law and regulation; maintenance of confidentiality; opportunity for due process; timely response to inquiries and submissions; the courteous, ethical and candid exchange of information; and a commitment to the sharing of resources and professional expertise.

Our value derives from providing our customers with quality service, enhanced partnerships, problem-solving strategies and the support necessary for the prevention of crime and reduction of fear of crime. We will continue to foster and maintain ethics and integrity, encourage continuous learning, and treat everyone with dignity and respect.


The Police and Correctional Training Commissions are the trustees of the Public Safety Education and Training Center (PSETC) for all police and correctional agencies in Maryland. The purpose of the Center is to supplement and improve existing training services. Program construction costs have generally been borne by the Law Enforcement and Correctional Training Fund, which is derived from District Court costs.

Selection and Training Standards
Minimum selection and training standards are administrative law established through the Code of Maryland Regulations process.

Police Officer Certification
The Police Training Commission has authorized over 16,000 officers to enforce Maryland public law. Officers must meet Commission selection and training standards, and must be recertified every 3 years.

Correctional Officer
Parole and Probation Agent Certification The Correctional Training Commission has certified over 11,000 correctional and parole and probation personnel who have met selection and training standards.

Academy Certification
The Commissions certify and continuously monitor the operation of all police and correctional training academies.


Entrance Level Training
The Agency operates a Police Entrance Level Training Program and a Correctional Entrance Level Training Program. Their staffs continuously exchange training strategies and materials with twenty certified police academies and eleven correctional academies.

In-Service Training
Approximately 400 academic training and firearms programs, conducted by individual agencies, are reviewed and approved annually. These programs are continually monitored for compliance with the Commissionsí standards.

Instructor Training Program for Police
and Correctional Personnel The Agency conducts programs for new instructors at least monthly. In addition to the Basic (5-day) course, the Commissions offers an Advanced course which focuses on adult learning strategies and participatory training. An Enhanced course, which combines the Basic and Advanced programs, is also available.

Advanced / Specialized Training
The Agency conducts, sponsors and coordinates numerous specialized and advanced training programs, often working in partnership with other departments, colleges and community groups.

Supervisor and Administrator Training
Each Commission requires and provides a training program for newly promoted first-line supervisors and administrators.

Executive Development Institute
The Executive Development Institute coordinates, develops and produces programs for executive level law enforcement and correctional personnel. The nationally recognized Leadership Challenge Program promotes interaction with other professionals within the public and private sectors.

Firearms Safety Training
The Responsible Gun Safety Act of 2000 mandates that persons applying for the purchase, rental, or transfer of a regulated firearm on or after January 1, 2002 must complete a certified Firearms Safety Training Course conducted by the Police Training Commission or one that meets standards established by the Commission. The Commissionís courses will be no more than two hours in length and offered at least weekly in all geographic areas of the state after regular business hours, free of charge.

Race-Based Vehicle Stop Data Analysis
In keeping with the Acts of the 2001 General Assembly, a model policy and data collection forms were designed. These ongoing efforts to counter "racial profiling" will be monitored in conjunction with the Maryland Justice Analysis Center of the University of Maryland.

Knowledge Management Services
An ongoing program to protect and efficiently utilize the data, information and knowledge assets of the agency. State of the art information technology is combined with continuous planning, review and analysis to ensure the validity and availability of records, as well as the effectiveness of business methods and processes.

Information Management
The Agency manages selection, academic and firearms training records for police and correctional personnel. To support this effort, an advanced automated data management system has been provided, without cost, to all Maryland agencies.

Community Crime Prevention Institute
The Institute advocates for and develops crime prevention initiatives for Marylandís public and private sectors. Current activities include:
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program
• Citizen crime prevention/training and assistance
Annual Governorís Crime Prevention Awards
• Crime Prevention training for law enforcement
• Vehicle theft prevention awareness materials
• Development and distribution of crime prevention materials

Proactive Community Partnerships -
Advanced and Specialized Training

Composed of specialists from each of the criminal justice disciplines and othe professionals, AST provides problem solving, training, applied technology and coordination to law enforcement and correctional agencies statewide.

Professional Development Fund
An initiative of Governor Parris N. Glendening and Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the Professional Development Fund supports the development and implementation of outstanding training initiatives, research, and program development.

Criminal Justice Resource Center
the Center supports Agency and other departmental training programs by offering a large array of library, audiovisual and electronic services, including an extensive print and video collection collection available for inter-agency loan.

Training Notes
This bi-monthly newsletter is circulated to all Maryland police and correctional agencies, and nationally. It is filled with information about training programs and requirements, management issues and legal updates.

Digest of Criminal Laws
The Agency compiles and publishes this guide to criminal law and proceedure, and distributes it annually to over 16,000 law enforcement officers in Maryland.

Department of Juvenile Justice Services
Effective July 1, 2000, the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) was added to the agencies whose employees must meet the minimum selection and training standards of the Correctional Training Commission. these employees are those whose responsibility is the investigation, custody, control, or supervision of minors, juvenile delinquents, and youthful offenders under the juristiction of of the DJJ, and includes those working for non-profit or for-profit vendors under contract with DJJ.
We are interested in your comments. Please contact Ray Franklin, 410-875-3606 or email us.
Revised: January 18, 2005
© 2005 Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions