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The Cobb County Police Department is a CALEA accredited and nationally recognized full service law enforcement agency, with an authorized strength of over 690 sworn officers, located in the metropolitan Atlanta area. We are excited about the future of our department as we prepare to welcome the Atlanta Braves to our community.

In response to the recent expansion of our workforce, we are looking for highly motivated, hard working, and ethical men and women interested in joining our police department. See below to apply

Please click here to download the Recruitment Packet - Scroll down to apply

 

Apply for Police Officer I

To apply for the Police Officer I position, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Apply for the Police Officer I position by clicking HERE
    Click on Police Officer I, then Apply for this Job.  A new account must be created in order to apply.
  2. Applicants will be screened, and those who meet minimum qualifications will receive an e-mail from Cobb County Internal Affairs within two weeks of the date the application was submitted.  Applicants must complete the Candidate Information Packet & Release Forms and return them to the Internal Affairs office by the date listed in the e-mail.
  3. Review the following documents for additional information:
  4. Applicants will be notified by e-mail if they are selected to continue to the next steps of the process.

Please note that all documents must be filled out completely, notarized and signed in the appropriate places.

While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.

 

 


Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Minimum age of 21 years

United States citizen

High school diploma or GED

No felony convictions

Valid driver's license

Good credit and employment records

Honorable discharge, where applicable


Compensation

Salary - Police Officer I    $40,014 - $64,023 (18 month Working Test Period)
                  Police Officer II   $41,614 - $66,583 (upon completion of Working Test Period)

Shift Differential Pay - Evening Shift officers will receive an additional $.50/hour.  Morning Shift officers will receive an additional $1.00/hour.

Education Incentive - Starting in 2016 we anticipate the beginning of our educational incentive for officers with associates, bachelors and master degrees.

Take Home Vehicle Program - Starting in FY2015, the department will start implementing the take home vehicle program for all officers.

Hazardous Duty Pay - where applicable

On-Call for Court Pay

Lateral Entry Program - click here for more information


Benefits

Employer Sponsored Benefits: Health - Dental - Life - Long Term Disability

Retirement Benefits:  County Pension Plan - Deferred Compensation - Roth IRA

Free Wellness Clinic - A free health clinic is available for all full time Cobb County Employees and their insured dependents with one of the County's health plans. The clinic offers sick and well checks and many prescription medications at no cost to the employee.

Veteran's Benefit - The Cobb County Police Academy has been approved by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service as an on-the-job-training program. If you are a veteran and have contributed to the G.I. Bill, you will be eligible to receive monetary benefits while in the academy, throughout your training program and your first 18 months working test period. This is in addition to your police salary.

Uniforms and Equipment - All uniforms and job related equipment are provided by the Cobb County Police Department at no cost to you.

Tuition Assistance- Tuition assistance is available for you while you complete a college degree or certification. Reimbursable amounts are dependent upon available funding and will be proportionately distributed to all pre-approved applicants on a quarterly basis.

Fitness Centers - Several of our precincts have fitness centers with both strength and aerobic training equipment and are open 24 hours a day. Additional facilities are located at police headquarters and the Department of Public Safety Training Center.

Paid Vacation Leave -
Employees will accrue:
          13 days per year after completion of 1 year of service
          15 days per year after completion of 5 years of service
          20 days per year after completion of 10 years of service
          22 days per year after completion of 15 years of service
          25 days per year after completion of 20 years of service

Holidays - 10 paid holidays per year

Paid Sick Leave - Accumulates at 4 hours per biweekly

Paid Military Leave - up to 18 days per year

Police Officers are also eligible for the Police Officer's Annuity and Benefit Fund of Georgia.


Hiring Process

The hiring process for the Cobb County Police Department generally takes between 2 to 6 months and includes the following steps:

  • On-line application
  • Physical Abilities Test
  • Interview with background investigator
  • Comprehensive background investigation to include, but not limited to:
    • Psychological examination
    • Polygraph examination
    • Check of criminal history and driver's history
    • Credit check
    • Employment history
    • References check
  • Medical examination with drug screen
  • Final interview with the Chief of Police

While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.

Click HERE for FAQs regarding the background process & possible dis-qualifiers


Training

Recruit Training

Recruits attend a 19 week Basic Law Enforcement Training Course held at The Cobb County Police Academy.  Training consists of firearms and emergency vehicle operations, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Officer Survival, Defensive Tactics, Active Shooter response, Accident Investigation and many other topics to ensure that all new recruit officers are equipped to start their careers with a sound basis of knowledge.

The course is a non-resident academy which means that recruits live at home and commute to class daily. 

Field Training

Once they successfully complete their academy training, recruits are then assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) who will be paired with them during the twelve (12) weeks of field training.  Once this is completed the recruit is released to work without a partner where they will work as a solo officer and be monitored for another eight (8) weeks by their immediate supervisor prior to being fully released from the training program.

Advanced Training

The Cobb County Police Academy provides continued advanced law enforcement training for all departmental officers.  Advanced courses are offered throughout the year at the academy at no cost to the officer.

Cobb County Department of Public Safety Training Center

The Cobb County Department of Public Safety Training Center provides training to all Public Safety entities that serve the citizens of Cobb County to include police, fire and emergency communications (911).  The center is a 26,000 square foot facility that consists of:

  • Six classrooms
  • 154 Seat Auditorium
  • Defensive Tactics Room
  • Realistic Firearms Instruction Simulator
  • Emergency Driving Simulator
  • 36 Lane Firearms Range
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Facility for basic and advanced practical driver training
  • Burn Tower
  • Health and Fitness Center fully equipped with strength training and cardiovascular equipment

Special Units

The Cobb County Police Department has several specialized units to include:

  • Special Weapons And Tactics Team (SWAT)
  • Cobb Anti-Gang Enforcement Unit (CAGE)
  • Organized Crime / Narcotics
  • Violent Incident Prevention and Early Response Unit (VIPER)
  • Specialized Traffic Enforcement Patrol Unit (STEP)
  • DUI Task Force
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Hit & Run
  • Underwater Search & Rescue Team (USRT)
  • K-9 Unit
  • Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT)
  • Bomb Squad
  • Rangers Unit
  • Robbery / Homicide Unit
  • Crimes Against Children
  • Domestic Violence / Stalking Unit
  • High-Tech Crime Unit
  • Auto Theft
  • Criminal Investigation Unit
  • Training
  • Internal Affairs
  • Honor Guard
  • Crime Prevention
  • Arson
  • Quality of Life Unit

The Cobb County Police SWAT team conducts a training drill at McCollum Field aiport in Cobb County.

The Cobb County Police Department is a CALEA accredited and nationally recognized full service law enforcement agency, with an authorized strength of over 640 sworn officers, located in the metropolitan Atlanta area. We are excited about the future of our department as we prepare to welcome the Atlanta Braves to our community.

Cobb County Police Physical Ability Test demonstration