Background Investigations

Pre-Employment Background Investigations

The Public Safety Investigations Division (PSI) is a division of the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM). PSI performs pre-employment background investigations of those candidates applying for county public safety positions. PSI coordinates with the recruiting sections of the Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Corrections, Public Safety Communications and Office of the Sheriff to ensure that candidates have successfully met all public safety specific screening criteria prior to receiving a conditional employment offer. Public safety applicants must meet certain Prince George’s County and Maryland State standards in addition to passing a series of tests which include a written exam, physical ability test, an in-depth background investigation, oral board, psychological evaluation and a medical exam. The complexity of the background investigation and the rigors of the selection procedure require a centralized focus to ensure fairness and equity in the overall background process. PSI performs this mission and manages these investigations which are conducted by Prince George’s County sworn and contract investigators. This integrated approach has reduced the average time for the completion of the background investigations and ensures a ready applicant pool for all county public safety agencies.