The Training and Education Division is directed by the Director of Training, (a Captain) who is assisted by a Deputy Director, (a Lieutenant), and the Training Operations Supervisor and Training Development Supervisor (both Sergeants). The Training and Education Division is located organizationally within the Management Services Bureau of the Department.
The Training Academy is located at 9710 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville, Maryland also serves as the training facility for the Department of Fire/Rescue Services and the Department of Corrections. There are multiple classrooms, library, gymnasium, weight room, computer training room, instructor offices, and an entrance foyer used for graduations and promotional ceremonies.
Located within the Academy facility is a 25-yard firearm range with movable targets controlled from an operator's booth. The indoor range is utilized for training and qualification with a variety of weapons in varied light conditions.
Outdoor Firearms Range
This recently renovated facility features a 25-yard pistol range, 200 yard rifle range, live fire tactical room, and a shotgun range. Annual weapons qualification is conducted on a continuing basis along with specialized training for the Tactical Section.
Annually, the firearms training staff trains over 2,000 officers (including those from local, state, and federal jurisdictions) in the use of handguns and shotguns. This state-of-the-art facility provides the department with the ability of delivering firearms training that is unparalleled in this area.
Use of Force Simulator
Late in 2000, the Department purchased and took delivery of a state-of-the art use of force simulator. This computerized system is the very latest on the market, that utilizes laser technology, as well as digital and video display. The system is used to teach and assist in maintaining officer decision-making skills in all areas where force may be used.
Gymnasium and Conditioning Room
A full-sized gymnasium with basketball court is located in the academy and used for physical training exercises and defensive tactics training for both in-service personnel and recruits.
Driver Training Track
The Montgomery County Police Driver Training Facility and staff are nationally recognized for quality. This facility, located on the Academy grounds, is comprised of a skid pan which is used to hone techniques for driving in slippery conditions, and a defensive driving course which is used to simulate high speeds, practice cornering, maneuvering through curves, and defensive driving. The driver training staff provides beginner-level and advanced emergency vehicle operation for members of approximately twelve local and national law-enforcement agencies. The staff provides both classroom and practical instruction in standard emergency vehicle operation for both entrance level and in-service training.
Entrance Level Training
Picture of Academy Students participating in a scenario The Training Division is responsible for the initial training of all new law enforcement officers hired by the Montgomery County Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, The Office of the Fire Marshall of the Department of Fire & Rescue Services, the Rockville City Police Department, the Gaithersburg City Police Department, the Takoma Park Police Department, The Chevy Chase Village Police Department and the Maryland-National Capitol Park and Planning Commission Police (Montgomery County). This instruction is an intensive, 27-week program designed to challenge the recruit physically, academically, and mentally. Entry level training provides the recruit with basic law enforcement knowledge and skills including problem oriented policing techniques, quality service delivery ideals, and Community Policing concepts which will be put to practical use and reinforced in the Field Training and Evaluation Program. In order to graduate, the recruit must successfully pass 14 critical area examinations (ex. - traffic law, criminal law, etc.) in addition to numerous quizzes and practical assignments. The Entry-Level Training program far surpasses the minimum training mandates of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions.
The Maryland Police Training Commission requires every sworn officer in the state be provided at least 18 hours of in-service training each year, which includes re-certification in firearms, protective instruments, and instruction on use of force. In addition to the 18 hours of mandatory training, both sworn and civilian personnel are free to choose from many elective courses offered at the Training Academy. These courses run the full gamut of possible subject areas - pediatric life support, fitness and nutrition, sexual assault prevention for women, search and seizure updates, investigative forums, cultural diversity, interviewing and interrogation techniques, motor vehicle accident investigation, etc. Both the mandatory and elective courses are identified and developed pursuant to an annual training needs assessment survey sent to, and completed by department employees. In this way, the Academy meets the needs of its officers and non-sworn employees by providing courses that they feel they need in order to perform their jobs in a professional and competent manner. All of the courses offered in in-service training are driven by a need and desire to satisfy the training requirements established by the Maryland Police Training Commission, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, employee input, and direction of the command staff.
Training is provided, on a continuing basis, to mid-level and senior level managers on a variety of topics such as ethics, leadership, team building, customer focus, etc. This is highly specialized training that is offered in partnership with the private sector and is designed to enhance the job performance of the department's managers.