State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $53,492.00-$83,405.00 Yearly






An Internal Investigation Detective Provisional is the entry level of investigation work involving allegations of misconduct or suspected criminal activity by employees of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (PSCS), adult inmates confined in a correctional facility or any individual that has contact with the employees or clients, such as arrestees, detainees, or parolees of the Department.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.

Employees in this classification receive close supervision from an Internal Investigation Detective Lieutenant or other designated administrator.  Employees are subject to call-in during emergencies and staffing shortages and may work a rotating shift, holidays and weekends.  Employees may be required to physically subdue and restrain those under investigation and must wear protective clothing such as gloves, helmets, riot or ballistic vests when the need arises.  Employees are exposed to crime scenes in which expired persons, toxic or dangerous substances may be present.  The work will require the collection of evidence that may include searching hazardous environments such as dumpsters, landfills, garbage cans, etc.  Employees may be required to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Internal Investigation Detective Provisional and Internal Investigation Detective Sergeant are differentiated on the basis of State of Maryland certification as a Police Officer and the degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees.  The Internal Investigation Detective Provisional attends Police Training Commission courses and other training courses required by the Department, and learns to perform duties under close supervision.  The Internal Investigation Detective Sergeant is certified by the State of Maryland as a Police Officer, and performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.


Learns to review allegations and conduct confidential investigations of criminal activity and allegations of serious misconduct by PSCS employees, inmates, visitors and other individuals, such as arrestees, detainees, or parolees;

Learns to determine the scope, timing, and direction of investigations;

Learns to interview complainants, victims, witnesses and individuals under investigation using approved and acceptable interview and interrogation methods;

Learns to identify and collect physical evidence and report information using camera, telephone and other evidence collection tools to prepare a completed investigation file in accordance with established procedures;

Learns to complete documentation required to store evidence in accordance with chain of custody, property and evidence room procedures;

Learns to prepare criminal and administrative investigation reports that are clear, logical, impartial and properly documented;

Learns to serve subpoenas, summonses and other official documents;

Learns to obtain and execute search and seizure and arrest warrants;

Carries firearms and learns to make warrantless arrests;

Learns to maintain an automated case management system that assures timely assessment of cases, dissemination of information and identification of emerging patterns and conditions relating to corruption;

Maintains liaison with other governmental agencies concerned with the criminal justice system;

Learns to testify in court and administrative hearings to explain the results of the investigation;

May assist in developing anti-corruption programs through an interchange of information and cooperation such as the Drug Interdiction Program;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of State and federal criminal laws and departmental codes, regulations and policies;

Ability to learn investigative practices, interview techniques and interrogation methods;

Ability to learn public safety and security operations, precautions and preventions associated with the protection of people, data and property;

Ability to learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches and weigh the relative costs and benefits of a potential action;

Ability to observe and recall incidents and details such as identity of persons, location of items, conversations and sequences of events and actions taken during the incident or investigation;

Ability to learn how to structure or classify multiple pieces of information obtained from various sources;

Ability to care for and use firearms;

Ability to learn to utilize independent judgment of probable cause to decide when to make an arrest of an individual during the course of an investigation;

Ability to learn to determine whether criminal charges should be filed following the completion of an investigation;

Ability to react quickly and calmly during emergency situations;

Ability to testify in court and administrative hearings in order to explain the results of the investigation;

Ability to prepare clear, concise and accurate reports;

Ability to communicate effectively.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate acceptable to the Maryland State Board of Education as described in the Maryland Police Training Commission regulation.

Experience: Two years of experience in the criminal justice field as a Correctional Officer, Police Officer, or Parole and Probation Agent, federal or state or local law enforcement officer or other related profession.


1. The above educational requirement is set by the Maryland Police Training Commission in accordance with Public Safety Article, Section 3-207, Annotated Code of Maryland.

2. Candidates may substitute education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 60 credit hours, including at least 15 credit hours of criminal justice courses, up to one year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in special investigations or military police classifications or specialty codes in the criminal justice field of work at the rate of two years of military experience for one year of the required experience.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Employees must meet the selection standards required and successfully complete the training prescribed by the Maryland Police Training Commission for Police Officers during their probationary period in accordance with Public Safety Article, Section 3-207 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. Selection standards for police officer training are listed in detail in the Code of Maryland Regulations Title 12, Subtitle 04, Chapter 01 and include the following:

U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien status

Must be at least 21 years of age

A complete background investigation

Oral interview

Physical examination

Polygraph and psychological evaluations.

2. Candidates for this classification will be given a medical examination to determine their ability to perform job-related functions. Employees in this classification will be required to bear firearms, and to demonstrate practical knowledge and proficiency in the safe use and care of firearms on a periodic basis.

3. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in on a 24-hours a day basis and will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.

4. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 06.01.09, 12.04.01 and Maryland Police Training Commission General Regulation .01-1, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit I-Sworn Police Officers classes.  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.   An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime, as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

Date Revised

June 28, 2019 

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 003705; EST: ; REV: 6/28/2019;

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