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Police/Corrections Academy



The Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy (E.S.C.J.A.) is certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. (M.P.C.T.C.) to conduct mandatory courses of training for law enforcement and correctional officers. Emphasis is placed on four basic categories of training:

  • Entrance-level certification courses,
  • Annual in-service courses,
  • Supervisor/Administrator courses, and
  • Specialized/technical courses.

The academy remains committed to providing the shore's law enforcement community with contemporary training at reasonable rates using highly skilled certified trainers.


The Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy, as it exists today, grew out of a need for a regional police academy to serve law enforcement agencies on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In the fall of 1978, cosponsored by the Ocean City Police Department, Salisbury Police Department, and the Criminal Justice credit program at Wor-Wic, the Eastern Shore Police Training Center (E.S.P.T.C.) emerged.

Following two pilot entrance-level courses, the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions certified the E.S.P.T.C. as the fifteenth police academy in the state of Maryland. This certification, issued in June of 1979, was the first to authorize a community college in Maryland to operate a full-time police academy.

By 1980, the criminal Justice Department at the college had assumed full responsibility for the operation of the E.S.P.T.C. and course offerings were expanded to include entrance level, in-service, administrative and supervisory training for police personnel.

Although the college service area included Wicomico and Worcester Counties, the E.S.P.T.C. served as the regional police training center for eight Eastern Shore counties.

In 1982, at the request of correctional institutions in the area, the college undertook the lengthy process of seeking state certification to operate an academy for jail and correctional personnel. In 1983, the Maryland Correctional Training Commission certified the E.S.P.T.C. as a correctional academy making it the first institution in the state to receive dual certification.

Following this dual certification, the E.S.P.T.C's name was changed to the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy (E.S.C.J.A.).

The E.S.C.J.A. Is the primary vehicle for meeting the training needs of the more than 60 agencies on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Academy Schedule

Entry Level Certification Courses

Course #81 Entry Level Police July 09—December 19, 2018
Course #103 Entry Level Corrections October 12—December 06, 2018

Courses that are full are indicated as such.

Comparative Compliance Certification Courses

Currently, there are no upcoming courses. Please, check back soon.

Courses that are full are indicated as such.

In-Service Courses

Courses that are full are indicated as such.

Reservation Procedure

Download the PDF file for desired course above. Email reservation form to
You will receive an email confirmation that a seat has been reserved for your officer(s).

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