Police Officer I (Entry-Level & Lateral Program)

Cobb County - Mariettia, Georgia

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$40,014.18 annual

Job Description

The Cobb County Police Department is a CALEA-accredited and nationally recognized full-service law enforcement agency, with an authorized strength of 690 sworn officers, located in the metropolitan Atlanta area, and services a population of approximately 800,000 citizens. In response to the recent expansion of our workforce, we are looking for highly motivated, hardworking, and ethical men and women who are seeking a career in law enforcement, to join our progressive department and serve a great community.

Please note that our application closes on the last day of every month, but then automatically re-opens on the first of every month.

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Additional Information

This posting may be used to fill both entry-level and lateral Police Officer positions

The Physical Ability Test (PAT) will generally be held on the second Saturday of the following month that you applied. Internal Affairs will email applicants that are eligible to take the PAT within 7 business days of your application.

Police Officer I Base Pay: $40,014.18 per year (18-month working test period)

Police Officer II: $41,614.02 (upon completion of working test period)

Shift Differential pay
Evening Shift officers receive an additional $0.50/hour
Morning Shift officers receive an additional $1.00/hour

Education Incentive Pay
$1,000 Associates Degree,
$2,000 Bachelors Degree,
$3,000 Masters Degree

Take Home Vehicle Program
Hazardous Duty Pay where applicable

On-Call for Court Pay

Lateral Entry Program

Lateral Entry Pay is limited to applicants that are currently in sworn law enforcement or have been absent for less than two (2) years, hold a State Peace Officer Certification, and who have served a minimum of two years consecutive service in a full-time sworn position with a full service police agency having a minimum staff of fifty (50) sworn police personnel.

Lateral entry applicants may be eligible to receive an increase up to 2% per year of qualified experience up to a maximum of five (5) years and not to exceed 10% of the entry level salary for Police Officer I.

Paid Vacation Leave

13 days per year / 1 year of service

15 days per year / 5 years of service

20 days per year / 10 years of service

22 days per year / 15 years of service

25 days per year / 20 years of service


10 paid holidays per year

Paid Sick Leave

Accumulates at 4.0 hours per biweekly

Paid Military Leave

Up to 18 days per year

Bereavement Leave Policy

Full time employees will receive up to 3 days of bereavement leave with pay for up to 24 hours. Employees working in part-time positions shall be eligible for bereavement leave equal to 3 part-time days off with pay.

Free Wellness Clinic

A free health clinic is available for all Cobb County Employees and their dependents who have insurance with Cobb County. The clinic offers sick and well checks and many prescription medications at no cost to the employee.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18 and over
  • Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience: Ability to graduate from the Police Academy within 12 months required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

Grade Code 15 Position Number 5055457 Essential Functions

  • Attends training sessions as required to gain skills and knowledge regarding department operations, job performance, and policies, procedures, codes, and criminal/civil case law: reads professional literature and training materials; completes tests and skills assessments; and obtains and maintains professional affiliations.

  • Enforces all applicable codes, ordinances, laws and regulations (both traffic and criminal) in order to protect life and property, prevent crime, and promote security.

  • Detects and deters criminal activity: patrols designated areas; responds to calls relayed by dispatchers; writes citations; apprehends, arrests and processes criminals, fugitives and offenders as appropriate; and provides assistance and backup support to other officers and agencies as necessary.

  • Conducts preliminary investigations: interviews victims, complainants and witnesses and takes statements; gathers information and evidence; secures crime scenes; prepares investigative reports and sketches; participates in court activities; and testifies in judicial proceedings.

  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters, which may include lifting, dragging or carrying people away from dangerous situations, securing/evacuating people from particular areas, administering medical aid, or extinguishing small fires.

  • Performs other duties including monitoring and responding to calls for assistance, investigating accidents and reported crimes, interviewing citizens, conducting searches, pursuing fleeing and subduing resisting suspects, impacting arrests, and processing and transporting prisoners.

  • Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals: performs driving functions in a safe and efficient manner under various conditions, including day/night hours, in congested traffic, in adverse weather conditions, and in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits; inspects and maintains assigned police vehicle, uniform, weapons, and equipment.

  • Creates/maintains positive public relations with the general public: and provides education and information to the public on laws, law enforcement, crime prevention, drug abuse, and related issues.

  • Communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio: and communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.

  • Attends shift meetings, training sessions and seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of departmental operations, to promote improved job performance, and to stay current with changing policies, procedures, codes, and criminal/civil case law: reads professional literature; and maintains professional affiliations.

  • Operates or uses various equipment associated with law enforcement in order to complete work assignments: operates and maintains police vehicle, firearms, electronic control device, emergency equipment, radio/communications equipment and other law enforcement tools and equipment.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED and ability to graduate from the Police Academy within 12 months required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Preferred Qualifications License and Certifications

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license; must possess and maintain Georgia POST Peace Officer Certification; may be required to obtain and maintain additional certifications as related to assignment.

Physical Abilities

  • Tasks require the ability to exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and prolonged standing, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).

Sensory Requirements

  • Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, taste, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors

  • Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, unsafe structures, heights, confined spaces, traffic hazards, bright/dim lights, toxic agents, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites, explosives, firearms, violence, disease, pathogenic substances, or rude/irate customers.

Cobb County is an equal opportunity employer.

Cobb County Government does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.

Employment Notice

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact us if you require accommodation to apply for a position. If you need assistance, please contact us at 770-528-2541

Cobb County Government is a smoke-free environment for all employees.

Cobb County Government is a Drug-Free Workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident testing.

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Cobb County Human Resources

Cobb County
Mariettia, Georgia
phone: 770-528-3812

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