Police Flight Officer - Baltimore Police Department

Baltimore Police Department
Baltimore, MD
$89,908 - $115,484 USD yearly
Applicant’s education must be obtained from an accredited institution. Education credentials obtained out of the US must be evaluated for US equivalency. Evaluation agencies information may be obtained at www.naces.org.
ELIGIBILITY: Qualified candidates will be considered for vacancies as they arise, for a period of at least six months. The decision of the Director of Human Resources with respect to acceptable minimum qualifications is final.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: Eligible candidates under final consideration for appointment to this position identified as positions of trust will be required to authorize the release of and successfully complete a Fingerprint check.

A Police Flight Officer operates a helicopter over the City of Baltimore for the purpose of assisting law enforcement officers in the control and suppression of crime. Work of this class involves no supervisory duties or responsibilities.
Incumbents receive general supervision from a technical superior. Employees in this class work rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and holidays. Work is performed in a helicopter where such conditions as seasonal weather extremes, poor flying conditions and night flying are encounter-ed and on patrol in various areas of the City where such conditions as violent persons and crowds, automobile traffic and other dangerous and stressful situations are also encountered. Work requires moderate physical exertion in controlling and flying a helicopter and occasional extreme physical exertion involved in chasing and subduing criminals.

All candidates indicating the minimum qualifications on their applications will be placed on the eligible list without further examination. The training and experience of each candidate will be evaluated for appropriateness and quantity. It is essential, therefore, that you give complete and accurate information on your application. Vagueness or omission may prevent you from being considered for this position. Qualified candidates will not be listed in rank order.

On or before the date of filing the application, each candidate must:
EDUCATION:  Have graduated from an accredited high school or possession of a GED certificate.
EXPERIENCE:  Have a minimum of 1,400 hours total flight time of which 800 hours must be Pilot in Command (PIC) and 700 hours in turbine helicopter.
Have a valid FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Rotorcraft-Helicopter and Instrument-Helicopter rating, with no past record of violations or suspensions, a current FAA Medical Certificate-Second Class or above and ability to obtain and maintain a Maryland Police Training Commission Certificate are required.
Have a valid Maryland Class C Noncommercial driver’s license or an equivalent out-of-state driver’s license acceptable to the Office of Risk Management is required.
NOTES: Any waivers or limitations on the candidates’ current FAA Medical Certificate-Second Class will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for acceptability by the Police Department.
Candidates must furnish appropriate evidence of flight training and experience such as logbooks and/or flight records.

  • Knowledge of all the areas, phases and elements required to obtain and maintain an FAA Helicopter Commercial Pilot Certificate.
  • Knowledge of the equipment, systems and aerodynamic principles involved in maintaining, operating and safely flying a helicopter.
  • Skill in safely operating, maneuvering and flying a helicopter.
  • Ability to read and apply rules, regulations, statutes and policies relevant to law enforcement work.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other police flight officers and related police personnel.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to accept direction and criticism and to function in an organization with strict rules and regulations.
  • Ability to make sound decisions and control one’s emotions under difficult and stressful situations.
  • Ability to prepare reports and other documents which require a complete knowledge of spelling, grammar and basic arithmetic.
  • Ability to participate in and successfully complete all mandated phases of entry-level training including classroom, field and skills training.
  • Ability to meet and maintain all requirements for State law enforcement officer certification.
  • Ability to meet Baltimore City Police appearance standards for uniform personnel.
Applicants must provide sufficient information on their application to show that they meet the qualifications for this recruitment. Successful applicants will be placed on the employment certified eligible list for at least six months.

The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position. You may be required to complete supplemental questions to further examine specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of the position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.
NOTE: Those eligible candidates who are under final consideration for appointment to positions in this class will be required to authorize the release of criminal conviction information.

Financial Disclosure:
This position is required to complete a Financial Disclosure pursuant to Sections 7-7, 7-8, and 7-9 of the City Ethics Law.