City of Atlanta

Police Officer Recruit

Location: Police Services 32
Divisions: APD POLICE BACKGROUND AND RECRUITMENT  

Description

 

Atlanta Police Officer Recruit

 

Some jobs offer challenge. Some offer rewards. Some offer the chance to make a real difference in peoples' lives. A career with the Atlanta Police Department offers all this and more.

Join the Atlanta Police Department today, and become part of the premier law enforcement team that's making one of America's best cities even better and safer.

 

Faces of the Force

https://youtu.be/AbiR6N8aiUo

 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: A police officer performs a wide range of tasks to promote public safety and security. This includes crime prevention, general enforcement of the law and related work as required. The duties of a police officer include, but are not limited to: patrolling, crime detection, investigation, and traffic enforcement.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

*UNITED STATES CITIZEN OR NATURALIZED DOCUMENTATION                                        

*SUCCESSFULLY PASS THE COGNITIVE SKILLS EXAMINATION AND PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT

*MINIMUM AGE OF 20 1/2 (AT LEAST 6 MONTHS AFTER 20TH BIRTHDAY)                                      

*VETERANS MUST HAVE AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR UNCHARACTERIZED DISCHARGE FROM MILITARY BRANCH (IF APPLICABLE)

*A VALID US DRIVER’S LICENSE                              

*A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED CERTIFICATE

*VISUAL ABILITY CANNOT BE LESS THAN 20/100 IN EACH EYE UNCORRECTED, AND MUST BE CORRECTED TO 20/20 WITH GLASSES, CONTACT LENSES, OR RK SURGERY.

*MEDICAL EXAMINATION REQUIRED UPON OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT

 

A thorough background investigation will be conducted by the Atlanta Police Department on all applicants who pass the initial phase of the application process. The background investigation includes, but is not limited to the following: polygraph examination, fingerprinting, criminal/driver’s history, and employment history. Upon an offer of employment, a psychological interview and a medical examination will be required.

 

    All applicants for employment with the Atlanta Police Department are subject to a thorough background investigation to verify the accuracy of statements provided within the application, and to confirm your qualification for employment. 

 

POLICE TRAINING ACADEMY: Police recruits receive a minimum of 920 hours of classroom instruction/training at the Atlanta Police Academy and 480 hours of field training. Each recruit must qualify on the Georgia Double Action/Semiautomatic Pistol Course.

 

THINGS TO KNOW

  • All required documentation must accompany your application.

  • All questions should be answered truthfully and with complete explanation where applicable.

  • If you have questions concerning any part of the process, direct them to the Recruitment office or Background Investigator only.

  • Appropriate business attire is required for all interviews and testing. No jeans, tennis shoes, or T‐shirts will be tolerated.

  • Applicants should appear for all scheduled interviews and testing on time. If you cannot make an appointment, it is your responsibility to contact the Atlanta Police Recruitment office.

  • The hiring process can take up to several months to complete. It is important to keep in touch with your Background Investigator throughout the process informing him or her of any changes from your application.

PHASES OF THE HIRING PROCESS

  • Applications are received and reviewed for completeness.  If the application is complete, an initial interview will be scheduled. All applicants are responsible for their travel expenses.

  • Background investigation will begin on all applicants who have passed the above listed phase. This investigation will consist of checks into his or her Employment History, Criminal History, Driving History, Financial History, Military History, References, and the Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA), and Fingerprint results. If an applicant is not disqualified after this phase, the file will be submitted through the chain of command up to the Chief of Police Office.

  • The Chief of Police has the final decision on all hiring for the Atlanta Police Department. When the applicant receives a conditional offer of employment then the applicant will be administered a pre‐employment medical, psychological, and physical agility exam.

  • When the applicant passes all of the examinations, the Chief of Police will review the file for final approval.

  • When the applicant receives a final approval, the applicant will be notified by the unit Commander of Background and Recruitment section, of their first date of employment with the City of Atlanta Police Department.

  INSTRUCTIONS

         It is to your advantage to be absolutely truthful in answering all questions on your application and during all                                    interviews. A false statement or the omissions of requested information will cause grounds for automatic rejection. If you                answer “yes” to a question, you need to be complete in  explaining the circumstances. Do not omit an explanation because             you  think the incident was minor and of no importance.

Valid Test Scores must be brought to the initial interview:

  • Applicant must pass the Accuplacer test from any Technical College System location. This test is required by Georgia Police Officer Standard and Training (POST). Accepted minimum scores for the Accuplacer Test: Reading 55 and Writing 60. Other Test Scores will be accepted such as, SAT Test- 430 verbal and 400 math, CPE – Reading 75, Math 75, and English 75, and the ACT Test-18 Verbal and 16 Math (Prior to December 31, 2016). Any one of the above test scores, which are required, will qualify as the GA POST entrance exam

  • Applicants who have not taken the SAT or ACT test with the above approved test scores, must take the Accuplacer TEST.

 

The following documents will be required upon your entry into the background Process.   

  • A copy of a state accredited high school diploma, certified transcripts, or G.E.D. certificate

    • A copy of your original birth certificate

    • A copy of your current/valid driver’s license

    • (2) passport type photographs from a 1 hour photo location

    • An original copy of your driver’s record-recent (7) year history transcript from every state D.M.V. in which you have ever held a valid driver’s license

    • A copy of your employment or wage history report for the last 10 years from the Social Security Agency location

    • DD214 form, Member 4 showing an honorable discharge (if a veteran)

    • Certified college transcripts (delivered in sealed envelope)

    • Name changed documents (i.e., marriage license, court order, etc.)

    • Citizenship papers

    • Copy of bankruptcy discharge papers

 

 

POLICE RECRUIT

(DURING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT

STARTING SALARY

 

$34,726.36

TOP SALARY

 

N/A

AND ACADEMY TRAINING)

 

 

POLICE OFFICER WITH

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR

$40,000.00

$52,028.30

EQUIVALENT

 

 

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE

$41,400.00

$53,849.29

(TWO YEARS OF COLLEGE)

 

 

BACHELOR’S DEGREE

$42,800.00

$55,670.28

(FOUR YEARS OF COLLEGE)

 

 

    *Bilingual Incentive-Personnel from police recruits up to appointment of Captain are eligible for a 2% increase in salary        upon successful completion of proficiency testing.

**College and other incentive pay begins upon successful completion of recruit training.** No salary increase shall be awarded to an eligible employee in any year until after the annual operating budget, containing funds for such increases, is adopted by ordinance. (Ord. No. 2007-22(07-O-2700), § 1, 3-27-07)

 

Common Disqualifiers
The following factors are some of those that would be cause for disqualification: 

  • Any conviction of an offense punishable by one or more years imprisonment (felony). This includes cases falling under the First Offender Act and expunged/sealed cases.
  • Any federal, state, or local circumstance that would prohibit you from legally possessing a firearm
  • Pending traffic or criminal charges
  • Deliberate omissions or falsehoods
  • Any repeated convictions of an offense indicating disrespect for the law, a lack of good moral character or disposition towards violence and disorder
  • Discharge from employment, where such discharge indicates poor behavior and/or an inability adjusting to discipline
  • Any discharge documentation suggesting that service ended under less than Honorable conditions
  • A conviction for Larceny or Theft over $500
  • A conviction for any domestic violence offense
  • Failure to pass all medical, physical, psychological examinations
  • Use of illegal drugs in violation of APD Pre-employment Drug Policy
  • A conviction for DUI, Alcohol/Drugs within 3 years of the date of application
  • Refusal to submit to Blood Alcohol Content test will be treated as a conviction
  • Five (5) or more moving violation convictions within 3 years prior to the date of application
  • Three (3) or more convictions for speeding in excess of 30 MPH over the speed limit within the entire driving record
  • Three (3) or more chargeable traffic accidents within 5 years prior to the date of application
  • A driver's license that is currently suspended, revoked or expired
  • A conviction for vehicular homicide, or hit and run (leaving the scene of an accident)
  • Current probation or parole status

​Tattoos

Tattoos or body art displaying the following are prohibited at all times:

  • Racism
  • Sexism or Sexually Suggestive or Explicit
  • Obscenity or Profane
  • Gang or Drug Related
  • Undermining City or Department Values
  • Political in Nature
  • Tattoos or body art displaying the following are prohibited at all times:


Excessive tattoos or brands shall not be exposed or visible through the clothing while on duty with the exception of officers in undercover assignments. “Excessive” is defined as any tattoo or brand that exceeds one third of the exposed body part. Those tattoos that are above the collarbone and visible when wearing open collar clothing will be evaluated by the recruiter and a supervisor in the unit. 

An option to the permanent removal of tattoos that are in violation of this policy is for the officer to where flesh-tone arm sleeves that covers the tattoos; thereby, making his or her appearance in compliance with Department directives.

 If you have any questions concerning this process, please call the Recruitment Unit at (404) 546-7650.

 

Videos:

 

 

Faces of the Force - Officer Max

https://youtu.be/fpOSgbiKy7U

 

Faces of the Force - Officer Justin Beck - Air Unit

https://youtu.be/pIeqcV9qN68

 

Faces of the Force - Officer Lugo - Hispanic Liaison

https://youtu.be/Uq0k7A7ynbI

 

Faces of the Force - Officer Regins

https://youtu.be/kHPNCXvXNEg

 

Faces of the Force - Officer Blake

https://youtu.be/I-KRfP6kVh0

 

 

 

 

The completed application and required documents can be returned to the Atlanta Police Department Recruiting Office at the following address: Atlanta Police Department

City of Atlanta Police Department

Background/Recruitment 2nd Floor

226 Peachtree St S.W. 

Atlanta, GA 30303

    

     CITY OF ATLANTA CAREERS IN GOVERNMENT. The City of Atlanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of Race, Sex, Age, National Origin, Religion, Sexual Orientation or Physical Disability (except  where physical requirements constitute a bona fide occupational  qualification).

 

 

 

 





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