The City of Frederick, Maryland
A Message from Chief Edward Hargis
We are extremely proud of our city and consider it one of the finest in the country.  Located less than an hour west of Baltimore and north of Washington, DC, and with a population greater than 65,000, Frederick is Maryland's second largest city.  With its fair climate, exceptional quality of life, reasonable cost of living, physical beauty, and educated labor supply, Frederick has been recognized as one of the most desirable smaller cities in the country in which to live and raise a family.

Our history is rich, with links to the founding fathers and the Civil War.  Known as the "Spired City" from a John Greenleaf Whittier poem, it was here that Colonel George Washington planned the campaign against the French at Fort Duquesne, and where in 1861, Maryland's legislature met and decided against secession.  Both McClellan's and Lee's armies marched through the city.  In 1864 the Battle of the Monocacy delayed and subsequently thwarted the Confederacy's last attempt to storm Washington.

Frederick offers big city convenience with small town atmosphere.  Renowned for its wonderful examples of 18th, 19th, and early 20th century architecture, the 33-block historic district has been immaculately preserved and provides a spectacular setting for thriving commerce, cultural activities, and a robust tourist business.  Frederick City is the county seat of Frederick County, the largest county by area in the State of Maryland.  It is home to the Frederick Municipal Airport, the U.S. Army’s Ft. Detrick, Hood College, and Frederick Community College.

The Frederick Police Department (FPD) is a technologically innovative and progressive police agency, committed to ensuring Frederick City's exceptional quality of life.  We partner with our citizens, striving to ensure satisfaction.  We steadfastly believe that our commitment to provide excellent police service makes Frederick a unique and wonderful place in which citizens thrive.  We demonstrate the highest respect for all citizens, treat all citizens as equal customers, and never tolerate taking another person's dignity.  We understand that police power derives from the people.  We expect excellence and respect in all we do.  

The FPD aggressively combats crime through a variety of policing strategies, including data-driven policing, problem-solving, and community policing.  We work with citizens, community groups, and other government entities through a systematic and community-oriented process to prevent and mitigate crime through focused law enforcement and problem-solving.

The FPD offers many career opportunities including patrol, investigations, crime analysis, street crimes, criminal records, communications, canine operations, drug enforcement, crisis negotiation, training, and special response teams.  The Department operates a superior Police Training Academy certified by the Maryland State Training Commission.  We have state-of-the-art technology, including a fully digitized communications system, and a fleet of patrol cars that contain mobile digital computers.

We hire the best and brightest: people who have a strong desire to serve Fredericktonians with the highest regard for and pride in the badge of the Frederick Police Department.  We make community policing the manner in which we conduct our business throughout the agency by creating ownership and accountability at all levels.  We constantly strive for improvement in all areas by evaluating best practices with the goal of always raising the bar of excellence.

If you want to make a difference and be part of something great; if you believe that public service can bring out the best in you, then you belong with the Frederick Police Department!

The City of Frederick is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, military service, disability or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodation provided upon request.


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Frederick Police Department
100 West Patrick Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701

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