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Police Officers
The Place to Be in Law Enforcement

For Civilian/Administrative positions click here.
For Police Officer positions click here.

Mission & Values
Apply Online
Hiring Process
Qualifications
Pay & Benefits
Testing Dates

MISSION AND VALUE STATEMENTS

It is the mission of the DeKalb County Police Department to:

  • Promote order,
  • Protect the public, and,
  • Deliver the optimum police services

through an effective, efficient and professional response in partnership with the entire community.  The Department will also provide quality services to the citizens of DeKalb County, its governmental officials, various county departments and to each member of the DeKalb County Police Department.

The values of the DeKalb County Police Department are:

  • Professionalism:  We value a professional workforce, one that is knowledgeable, competent and confident
  • Integrity:  We value integrity in our personal and professional conduct
  • Accountability:  We value providing high quality public service in which we are accountable to the public, our fellow co-workers and ourselves.

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APPLY ONLINE:

DEKALB POLICE IS AN EEO EMPLOYER

We are not currently accepting applications for Police Officer.

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HIRING PROCESS:

Initial Application
For on-line Police Officer applications, see "APPLY ON LINE" above. Feel free to contact the Background and Recruiting Unit at 770-724-7445 for any additional questions.

Physical Agility Test
After successful completion of the written examination you will be required to pass a physical agility test This test consists of push-ups, sit-ups, sit and reach flexibility test, an obstacle course and a 440 yard run. Times and number of repetitions are based on the age and sex of the individual.

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BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

Initial Interview
Once the written and physical agility test results are received by the Background and Recruiting Unit, the applications will be reviewed. Those qualified applicants will be contacted and scheduled for an interview at the Background and Recruiting Unit (click for map). **Note: out of state applicants will complete this step on the day of the written/physical agility test.

Background Investigation
During this phase of the process, the applicant's criminal history, credit history, military records (personnel and criminal) if applicable, past employment, personal references, etc. will be investigated.

CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analysis)
This is similar to a polygraph test. The CVSA is based on the information that you provided in your Background Investigation Booklet.

Profile
The profile is an investigative summary of the applicant. The CVSA report is attached to the profile and routed through the Background and Recruiting Unit chain of command for recommendation. The final approval will be made by the Chief of Police.

Oral Interview
Once the profile is approved, the applicant will be scheduled for an Oral Interview. This is a formal interview for the applicant to appear before a board of selected senior police officers ranging in rank from Sergeant to Major.

Psychological Exam
After successful completion of the Oral Interview, the applicant will then be scheduled for a psychological written test. Following the written test, the applicant will be interviewed by the psychologist.

Physical Exam
Medical Doctor's examination, blood test, and urinalysis.

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QUALIFICATIONS

Initial Application
Must be at least 20 years of age

Education
High School Diploma or GED

Vision
20/40 corrected in one eye and 20/20 corrected in the other eye with uncorrected vision of 20/100; color blindness is acceptable if correctable with a corrective contact lens

Driver's License
Must have a valid license

Health & Well Being
Good physical and mental health

Character
Good moral character

Criminal Record
No felony convictions

Domestic Relationships
No domestic violence convictions

Citizenship
Must be a U.S. Citizen

If Veteran
Honorable Discharge

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PAY & BENEFITS

High School Diploma
$37,956.00 per year

Bachelor's Degree or Higher
$39,864.00 per year

Certified Officers With Two+ Years Experience
$40,236.00 per year (Officers certified in other states will start at the regular starting pay, but will increase to this amount after a 7 week training academy in which you will receive GA POST Certification.)

Top Out Pay
$66,636.00 per year (non competitive)

VACATION TIME

0-5 YEARS
10 hours per month
6-10 YEARS
12 hours per month
11-15 YEARS
14 hours per month
16-20 YEARS
16 hours per month
21-25 YEARS
18 hours per month
25+ YEARS
20 hours per month

SICK TIME

10.4 DAYS PER YEAR
8 Hours per month with an additional 4 hours in June and December

HOLIDAY TIME

10 Holidays Per Year (you may not carry more than 10 holidays per year)
New Year's Day
MLK Jr Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

PENSION PLAN
You get 2.25% for every year of service. Maximum retirement is 67.5% after 30 years of service. Early retirement with no reduction at any age with 30 years of service.

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TESTING DATES

PRE-EMPLOYMENT WRITTEN & PHYSICAL AGILITY DATES & INFORMATION

(please click for map)

Please note:  We are not currently accepting applications for Police Officer.


Both the Written Exam and the Physical Agility Test (PAT) will be offered on the same day, however, the written exam results are not available for approximately three weeks. Taking both of these tests on the same day will save you a trip later on. All applicants reporting to take the written exam shall arrive by 8:00 am and no one will be allowed to enter the testing site after 8:30 am. Your test results will be mailed to you once they are received. Written test results are valid for a period of two years. Your application will remain on file for a period of one year.

If you fail the Physical Agility Test, you will be allowed to retake the PAT one time within a 60 day period. If you fail the PAT on your second attempt, you will be required to wait six months to make another attempt at the PAT. ALL physical agility re-tests should report at 11:00 a.m. and check in with Human Resources at the training facility.

Applicants who have already taken and passed the written exam should arrive promptly at 11:30 am to take the Physical Agility Test. This includes anyone who has already attempted the PAT previously and failed and needs to retest.

Testing Dates

None at this time

If you have any questions, or need further information, please feel free to contact us Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm at (770) 724-7445. cdcollie@dekalbcountyga.gov

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