Becoming a UDC MPD Police Officer Cohort
Like MPD’s Cadet Corps, the Department’s Police Officer Training Cohort serves as a pipeline for those who do not meet all the qualifications required to become a police officer with MPD.
As part of this partnership with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Community College, participants may obtain the 60 college credits required to become a police officer. The cohort runs on a periodic basis throughout the year. After successfully gaining 60 credit hours, applicants will be eligible to enter the police officer hiring pipeline. Participants attend classes on nights and weekends at UDC Community College to earn an associate degree.
- Must be at least 19 years old to apply and may not have reached the mandatory retirement age of 64. Must be 21 to be an officer.
- Must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average while in the cohort.
How It Works
Participants 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.
Upon earning 60 college credits, each participant completes an updated police background check and is then hired as a full-time, MPD police officer recruit. Once hired, each participant will receive a salary of $60,199. New recruits will enroll in the Metropolitan Police Academy to complete the remainder of their training. UDC Community College has worked with MPD to offer an additional five (5) 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 would also earn their associate degree.
UDC Community College provides affordable education and MPD is working with our governmental partners to make scholarship and affordable loan opportunities available. Current tuition per semester is $1,762 for DC residents, $2,674 for DC metro area residents, and $4,222 for out-of-area residents. UDC Community College has a variety of tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities. Also, UDC will work with you to accept earned credit from other colleges. See the sample course schedule.
The UDC/MPD Police Officer Training Cohort allows participants to secure meaningful employment as a DC police officer with MPD while obtaining their associate degree. Participants have the opportunity to obtain practical application of classroom topics through the strong partnership between UDC Community College and MPD.
Here’s how the selection process works:
1. Complete an MPD interest card.
2. Attend an in-person MPD Prospect Day where you will participate in several screening events [e.g., physical ability test, document screening, fingerprinting].
3. Complete the online Personal History Statement.
4. Undergo a comprehensive background investigation.
5. Take a polygraph exam.
6. Submit to a medical and psychological evaluation.
7. MPD review and decision.
8. Begin college classes.
9. Complete 60 college credits, receive an updated background investigation and begin working as an MPD recruit officer.
10. Graduate from the Metropolitan Police Academy and receive your associate degree in Applied Science in Law Enforcement.
Pay & Benefits:
There is no salary during this program, as you will not be an MPD employee. However, you will obtain your associate degree in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Law Enforcement degree and become a DC police officer upon successful completion.
Once hired by MPD, you will earn a salary of $60,199, increasing to $65,863 after an 18-month probationary period. There may be additional educational reimbursement options available once hired.
- 1st Fall Term $1,762 $2,674 $4,222
- 1st Spring Term $1,762 $2,674 $4,222
- Summer Term $1,762 $2,674 $4,222
- 2nd Fall Term $1,762 $2,674 $4,222
- Total $7,048 $10,696 $16,888