Recruiting: Employee referral program procedures
The City of Atlanta
Police Department (APD) is always looking for good people to join our team and as an employee of the
City of Atlanta, you can help. Research has shown, and our experience supports, that new hires that
come into a company through employee referrals are excellent contributors, stay with the company
longer and are a more cost effective recruit.
That's where you come in! If you know someone who would be a good addition to the City of Atlanta
Police Department and they meet the qualifications, it may be worth $500
refer them for employment, they are hired, and graduate the Training Academy. We are also accepting
referrals for Crime Scene Technicians and 9-1-1 Dispatcher candidates.
Refer candidates who meet the qualifications of these positions to APD Background and Recruiting
using the Candidate Referral Form 267
(Applicants must complete Form
. The referral bonus will be awarded in two
first installment will be awarded once your referral has been hired. The second installment will be
awarded once your candidate successfully graduates our Police Academy within 30 days of their
graduation date. For Crime Scene Technicians and 9-1-1 Dispatcher referrals, the second installment
will be awarded once your candidate successfully completes the one year probationary period.
- Referral Eligibility: All City of Atlanta employees, except
Human Resources personnel, Training Academy personnel, Recruitment personnel and managers with hiring
authority over the referred candidates, are eligible to refer candidates. Retired employees may be
eligible to receive incentive provided submittal occurrence prior to status change with the
- The referral must represent the candidate's first contract with the
Atlanta Police Department.
- To be eligible for an incentive, the referrals must
first be submitted to APD Background and Recruiting and must include a
Candidate Referral Form 267 (Applicants must complete Form
268) and a résumé or employment application.
referring employee must agree to have his/her name used for introduction.
first employee to refer a candidate will be the only referring employee eligible for payment.
- Only candidates who meet the essential qualifications for the position will be
- All candidates will be evaluated for employment consistent with
Atlanta Police Department policies and procedures.
- All information
regarding the hiring decision will remain strictly confidential.
- Any disputes
or interpretations of the program will be handled through APD Background and Recruiting.
- All referral incentive payments will be paid in two installments. The
first installment of $250 will be paid when the candidate has been hired. The second
installment will be awarded once your candidate successfully graduates our Police Academy within 30
days of their graduation date. For the Crime Scene Technicians and 9-1-1 Dispatcher Referrals, the
second installment of $250 will be paid within 30 days after your
candidate has completed their one year probationary period.
- All employee referral incentive payments will be paid approximately 30 days after your application has been received by
APD Background and Recruiting unit.
Candidate Referral Form (Form 267)
Applicant Referral Questionnaire (Form 268)
City of Atlanta Police Department Referral Bonus Program
Why is the bonus important to APD? We have increased our 2016 hiring goal
to 300 officers.
The referral bonus will provide an incentive for all of our employees to actively recruit new
candidates. We are looking to attract the best and brightest candidates for APD positions.
APD personnel have the training and experience to identify the necessary core competencies to
attract the type of candidates we would like to see in the City of Atlanta. Furthermore, our
employees frequently engage the community on many fronts and this will encourage them to zero
in on potential candidates and feature the benefits of joining our team.
What are the expected results/outcomes?
The referral bonus will assist us with reaching our goal for 2016. The police department has
a very extensive vetting process for the police officer's position. We usually only hire
approximately 8 to 12 percent of the candidates who show interest in becoming an Atlanta
Police Officer. We expect to increase the number of candidates for this position. We also
believe that our employees will likely seek out candidates who are suitable for the position
and in return, we hope that it will lead to an increase in the quality of potential
candidates looking to join APD.
What is the strategy and what are the benefits associated with referral bonus?
The benefits of having trained and experienced employees to assist with recruiting will provide
better qualified applicants. We believe the referral program will provide a larger pool of
candidates who are more likely to make it through the process than the smaller percentage we have
seen in the past. The strategy will be to provide our employees with talking points as a
reference when engaging applicants. We will ensure all employees are well informed of the
referral bonus program and provide them with the guidelines needed to actively engage prospective
candidates. The APD Recruitment Unit will actively track program referrals to ensure that the
expected goals and outcomes are being met.
Who is eligible to receive the referral bonus? The referral bonus will be open to
ALL City of Atlanta employees except Human Resources personnel, Training Academy
personnel, Recruitment personnel and managers with hiring authority over the referred candidates.
Retired employees may be eligible to receive incentives provided submittal occurrence prior to
status change with the department.
Which positions within APD does the referral refer to?
- Crime Scene Technicians
- 9-1-1 Dispatchers