MPD Ramps Up Spring Recruitment Campaign

  • MPD Ramps Up Spring Recruitment Campaign

    MPD Ramps Up Spring Recruitment Campaign

    The Martinsburg Police Department’s Spring 2020 recruitment campaign is in high gear. MPD announced today its next test scheduled for March 14, 2020. To be eligible, candidates must apply by Friday, March 6th at 5:00 p.m. Applications can be found on the Department’s website at and emailed directly to City Recorder Gena Long.

    MPD offers a competitive annual salary starting at approximately $42,448, a sign-on bonus for certified applicants, paid equipment and uniforms, take-home patrol cars, insurance and paid leave, opportunities for overtime pay, and retirement options beginning at 20 years of service.

    Chief Maury Richards said that he is “very excited” with the continued interest being shown in his department. “The Martinsburg Police Department is the best police department in the state of West Virginia. MPD leads the way. When it comes to the excellence of our personnel, cutting-edge training, latest equipment, and community support; we are absolutely unrivaled,” stated Richards. “With veteran officers retiring, we’re becoming a younger department all the time. Just look at the quality level of the new officers we’ve hired in the past four years and the positive impact they’ve already made—it’s off the charts! MPD wants only the best, and we’re looking for more,” the Martinsburg Chief added.

    To be considered, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 40 at the time of application, hold a high school diploma or G.E.D, pass pre-employment written and physical fitness tests, and complete a 16-week paid training at the West Virginia State Police Academy. After hire, Martinsburg Officers must reside within a 25-mile radius of the City.

    Deputy Chief George Swartwood emphasized that MPD’s next officers will be starting their careers in the Department’s brand new 33,000 square foot, state-of-the-art police building which will be completed this Spring. “This is an outstanding opportunity to begin a law enforcement career with a great police department while working in the most modern police facility in the state and region. We’re looking for people who want to serve their community, make a difference, and be part of the best police department in West Virginia. MPD is a great team and we’re getting better,” Swartwood stated.