I, __________, do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance
to the United States of America and to the State of Maryland;
that I will serve honestly and faithfully to uphold and defend
the Constitution of the United States of America and to the State of Maryland;
that I will enforce the laws of the State of Maryland;
and that I will obey the orders of the Governor and the Officers appointed over me
according to the rules and regulations of the Maryland State Police.
The Maryland State Police has served the citizens of Maryland since its inception in 1921. Our Troopers are among the finest law enforcement officers in the world and each one is sworn to uphold our core values of Integrity, Fairness and Service. To learn more about the many facets of the Maryland State Police, please follow one of the links below.
Our Mission & Vision
The Mission of the Maryland State Police is to protect the citizens of the State of Maryland from foreign and domestic security threats, to fight crime, and to promote roadway safety by upholding the laws of the State of Maryland. This will be accomplished through aggressive patrol, investigation, intelligence gathering and interdiction efforts; and by providing leadership and assistance to state and local agencies.
We will be the model of a responsive, coordinated, composite statewide police department; independent yet supportive of allied law enforcement agencies. We are committed to the utmost professionalism in delivering all-encompassing police services focused on traffic safety, homeland security, crime reduction and criminal apprehension. We continually strive to develop the skills of our members and to efficiently and effectively manage our resources as we carry out our public responsibilities.
Maryland State Police personnel shall uphold the public trust by being honest and maintaining the highest standards of ethical and moral character.
Maryland State Police personnel shall treat each citizen with respect and preserve each citizen's dignity in an unbiased manner.
Maryland State Police personnel shall provide dedicated and compassionate assistance to all citizens.
The Maryland State Police is a paramilitary organization with a rank structure modeled after the United States military. Below you will see the insignia that correspond with each sworn (non-civilian) rank, as well as a brief description of the common duties and responsibilities associated with each rank.
The Superintendent of the Maryland State Police holds the rank of Colonel. Within State government, the Superintendent is the Secretary of the Department of State Police and a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The Superintendent is responsible for all facets of the Maryland State Police and he is the ultimate authority within the Agency. The Superintendent is appointed by the Governor and must be confirmed by the Maryland Senate.
Four members of the Maryland State Police hold the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Each Lieutenant Colonel oversees one of the four bureaus within the State Police and is responsible for all aspects of that bureau's operation. Lieutenant Colonels are appointed by the Superintendent.
Majors in the State Police are responsible for supervising a command within the State Police (such as the Logistics Command of the Support Services Bureau or one of the two commands within the Field Operations Bureau). Majors are appointed by the Superintendent.
The specific responsibilities of a Captain vary depending upon where they are assigned within the Agency. For example, a Captain may be a Troop Commander in the Field Operations Bureau or a Division Commander in one of the other Bureaus. To achieve the rank of Captain, one must complete the promotional process and score high enough to be selected for promotion.
Similar to Captains, Lieutenants have responsibilities that vary depending upon their particular assignment. A Lieutenant is the Commander of each barrack. Other Lieutenants may command a Unit (such as the Recruitment & Selection Unit). Those holding the rank of Lieutenant or above are considered "Commissioned Officers". To achieve the rank of Lieutenant, one must complete the promotional process and score high enough to be selected for promotion.
First Sergeants are assistant barrack commanders at each of the 22 barracks or may perform administrative functions in other areas of the Agency. Most notably, the designated "Academy First Sergeant" is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of all Trooper Candidates during their time in the State Police Academy. To achieve the rank of First Sergeant, one must complete the promotional process and score high enough to be selected for promotion.
Detective Sergeants are generally in charge of all criminal investigations at a barrack or they may be assigned to other investigative functions within the Agency. Detective Sergeants typically have a number of investigators for whom they are responsible. Although there is an insignia to designate a Detective Sergeant, it is most often a plain clothes assignment. To achieve the rank of Detective Sergeant, one must complete the promotional process and score high enough to be selected for promotion.
Most people encounter a Sergeant when they visit a barrack. Every Barrack has a duty officer, usually a Sergeant, who is responsible for overseeing the entire shift as they perform their duties. In addition to supervising the entire shift, they answer questions from citizens and assist the barrack administrators as necessary. To achieve the rank of Sergeant, one must complete the promotional process and score high enough to be selected for promotion.
Corporals are the first-line supervisors in the Maryland State Police. They are usually assigned as road supervisors within barracks. In the absence of a Sergeant, they will often act as the duty officer. Corporals at barracks remain active responding to calls for service and taking enforcement action as necessary. Corporal is the first rank that requires a testing process for promotion. To achieve the rank of Corporal, one must complete the promotional process and score high enough to be selected for promotion.
The Senior Trooper rank recognizes the dedication and commitment of those troopers who have 10 years of tenure. Those who hold this rank have duties and responsibilities (sic) that are generally the same as a Trooper First Class.
Trooper First Class
Those who hold the rank of Trooper First Class (TFC) have duties and responsibilities that are generally the same as a Trooper. Within the Maryland State Police, all Troopers who complete three years of satisfatory or exceptional service receive a promotion to the rank of TFC.
Troopers generally have the greatest amount of contact with the public of any rank. When a citizen calls for assistance, it is usually a Trooper who initially responds to assist them. Troopers are on the front lines handling accidents, burglaries, domestic disturbances and other calls for service. They also have the primary responsibility for enforcing traffic and criminal laws while on patrol. There is no insignia to signify a Trooper. Since they have no insignia sewn on their shirts, they are known as "Slick Sleeves" among their fellow Troopers.
In a huge decision authored by Judge O'Scannlain, a split panel of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that Hawaii's ban on open carry outside the home in that state violates the Second Amendment under any level of scrutiny. The decision, Young v. Hawaii, can be found here. The decision is very scholarly, carefully reasoned and a powerful statement that the Second Amendment is not a "second-class" right or a constitutional "orphan."