The Police Corps is designed to address violent crime by helping state and local law enforcement agencies increase the number of officers with advanced education and training assigned to community patrol. The program, which operates within states that have submitted an approved state plan, is designed to motivate highly qualified young people to serve as police officers and sheriffs’ deputies in the municipalities, counties and states that need them most. It does this by offering Federal scholarships on a competitive basis to college students who agree to serve where needed on community patrol for at least four years.
If you are admitted to the Police Corps, you will be eligible to receive up to $7,500 per academic year toward the educational expenses of a bachelor’s degree or graduate study. The lifetime maximum is $30,000. In return for educational assistance, Police Corps participants commit to:
- Earn their baccalaureate degree,
- Complete rigorous, residential Police Corps training, and
- Serve for four years as a patrol officer with a designated agency in an area of great need. Police Corps participants must repay their educational assistance if they do not fulfill this commitment.
Men and women of all backgrounds, regardless of family income or resources may apply. Police Corps participants may receive educational assistance for either undergraduate or graduate study. A student must be in their junior or senior year of college to apply to the Police Corps.
Information on participating law enforcement departments and applications material may be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/opclee. Information about Maryland Police Corps may be found at http://www.policecorps.net.