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Professional Standards Division

Administrative Investigations

While setting professional standards is important, it is only half of the process. Insuring alignment between agency policy and practice requires the identification of applicants that meet agency standards and posses a demonstrated history of adherence to similar ethics and values.

The Maryland Police & Correctional Training Commission and Accreditation Standards mandate an extensive background investigation process for a law enforcement applicant that takes several weeks to conduct. The background investigation process includes verification of education, criminal, driving, employment and credit histories through personal interviews with relatives, and current and past, friends, teachers employers and co-workers.

A polygraph examination is an extremely valuable aid in the selection of prospective employees and an investigative step that is required by law during law enforcement applicant processing. The use of a polygraph examination has proven to enhance the screening of applicants and allows the agency to recruit the most qualified candidates.

Likewise during the investigation of criminal offenses, the polygraph allows for the maximum utilization of investigative resources by confirming or eliminating viable suspects. An examination can enhance the investigative process by corroborating or refuting victim or witness statements, while reviving stagnated investigations when conventional measures have been unproductive.


Carroll County Sheriff's Office • 100 North Court Street • Westminster, Maryland 21157
410.386.2900 or 1.888.302.8924

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is committed to recruiting initiatives that reflect a fair and impartial representation of minority groups and females among its employees and applicants in approximate proportion to the minority composition of the Carroll County community.