Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions
The mission of the Police and Correctional Training Commissions (PCTC) is to ensure the quality of law enforcement and correctional services through the establishment and enforcement of standards and the facilitation and delivery of training, education and prevention programs. Its value derives from providing our customers with quality service, enhanced partnerships, problem-solving strategies and the support necessary for the prevention of crime and reduction of fear of crime. The Commissions foster and maintain ethics and integrity, encourage continuous learning, and treat everyone with dignity and respect. To this end, the PCTC is now housed in the comprehensive Public Safety Education and Training Center. Other agency responsibilities include administration of the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute and the Leadership Development Institute. The Police and Correctional Training Commissions administer the following programs:
- Correctional Entrance Level Training Program
- Driver Training
- Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)
- Firearms Training
- Leadership Development Institute
- Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute
- Parole and Probation
- Police Entrance Level Training Program
- Statewide Selection and Training Standards
- Vehicle Stop Data Analysis
The Public Safety Education and Training Center in Carroll County, Maryland, provides training for state and local public safety officers by:
- Providing state-of-the-art driver training
- Offering comprehensive firearms instruction
- Renovating vacant buildings into classrooms and offices
- Supporting crime prevention educational programming
Administration of The Public Safety Education and Training Center is provided by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. The Commissions are the primary providers of correctional entrance level, and mandated police and correctional administrator, supervisor and instructor training in Maryland.
With the support of many professional law enforcement organizations in Maryland, the 1966 Maryland General Assembly established the Police Training Commission. Its composition, authority and responsibilities are set forth in Ann. Code of Md., Public Safety Article, §3-201 et seq. In 1971, following the police lead, correctional organizations encouraged the creation of a Correctional Training Commission, Ann. Code of Md., Correctional Services Article, §8-201 et seq. Although they are separate entities under the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, both Commissions are served by a single Executive Director and Agency staff. The Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions are vested with the authority to set standards of initial selection and training for all governmental law enforcement, correctional and parole and probation and juvenile justice officers in the State of Maryland, and to otherwise upgrade the professionalism of these officers.
Maryland was the 23rd state in the Union to adopt some type of legislation to provide police and correctional training on a statewide basis. It was the 6th state to make compliance with minimum standards mandatory. It was the 1st state to require correctional standards on a statewide basis.