A special police officer is an individual at least 18 years old, who holds a commission granted by the Governor. Generally, a commission authorizes the officer to arrest individuals who trespass or commit offenses on the property described in the commission, exercise the powers of a police officer on the property described in the commission, and exercise the powers of a police officer in a county or municipal corporation associated with the property described in the commission, and direct and control traffic on public highways and roadways in the immediate vicinity of the property described in the commission.
As of October 1, 2020, Maryland House Bill 1111 has taken effect which requires the following training:
1) Unless exempt, an applicant for an initial Commission shall complete a training course approved by the Secretary, in consultation with the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission, consisting of at least 80 hours of instruction, including criminal law, constitutional procedural requirements relating to search, seizure, and arrests and the appropriate use of force.
Effective October 1, 2020, every applicant for a Maryland Special Police Officer commission must receive 80 hours of training based on 61 state-mandated Objectives (Maryland HB1111).
- Chain of custody
- Constitutional and Criminal Law
- Elements of a lawful arrest
- De-escalation techniques
- AHA BLS CPR / First aid
- Rules of arrest and criminal process
- Active shooter, incident command
- report writing
- many more