Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

We understand that if we are to be successful in establishing and maintaining the Atlanta Police Department as a premier law enforcement agency, we must continually invest in developing our most valuable asset – the brave men and women of our force. 

From specialized career paths and ongoing training to scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs, we offer a variety of resources to help officers achieve their greatest potential, and maximize the positive impact they can have on our community.

Career Advancement

As a member of the Atlanta Police Department, you’ll have access to exactly the kind of challenging and rewarding opportunities you’d expect from the premier law enforcement agency in one of Americas most diverse and vibrant cities. 

We take pride in offering the members of our force not only the highest quality training and equipment but also well-rounded, exciting law enforcement careers that maximize your skills and abilities. 

After only five (5) years of service, you become eligible for promotion to Supervisor.

After only three (3) years of service, you become eligible for promotion to Investigator, Senior Police Officer/Field Training Officer, or a variety of specialized units, including: 

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Youth Services

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Community Services

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Gang Investigations

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Cyber Crimes

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Intelligence Unit

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Motorcycle Unit

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Undercover Operations

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Financial Investigations

Airport Section

Mounted Patrol

Homeland Security

Executive Protection

Fugitive Unit

Criminal Investigations

Narcotics Enforcement

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S.W.A.T.

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A.P.E.X.

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K-9 Unit

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Helicopter Patrol

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Bike Patrol

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Homicide Detectives

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Auto Crimes Enforcement

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Youth Services

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Fugitive Unit

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Bike Patrol

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Community Services

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Cyber Crimes

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Gang Investigations

A

Intelligence Unit

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Motorcycle Unit

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Financial Investigations

A

Airport Section

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Criminal Investigations

A

S.W.A.T.

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A.P.E.X.

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K-9 Unit

A

Helicopter Patrol

A

Mounted Patrol

A

Homeland Security

A

Executive Protection

A

Auto Crimes Enforcement

A

Narcotics Enforcement

A

Undercover Operations

A

Homicide Detectives

A

Youth Services

A

Fugitive Unit

A

Bike Patrol

A

Community Services

A

Cyber Crimes

A

Gang Investigations

A

Intelligence Unit

A

Motorcycle Unit

A

Financial Investigations

A

Airport Section

A

Gang Investigations

A

Criminal Investigations

A

S.W.A.T.

A

A.P.E.X.

A

K-9 Unit

A

Helicopter Patrol

A

Mounted Patrol

A

Homeland Security

A

Executive Protection

A

Auto Crimes Enforcement

A

Narcotics Enforcement

A

Undercover Operations

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Homicide Detectives

Training

The Atlanta Police Department is committed to providing the best possible training opportunities to our police officers and civilian staff. APD believes that quality training helps to create and retain quality officers. In support of this belief, the Atlanta Police Foundation has established a comprehensive Training Program to address specialized training needs that reach above and beyond those offered through the City of Atlanta budget.

The program offers the most cutting-edge training to officers, in vital areas such as leadership, investigations and crime prevention, through a series of classes hosted at the Atlanta Police Academy. Learn more about the training academy and what is expected of recruits here.

With a new, state-of-the-art training facility currently under construction, the Atlanta Police Training Academy is currently located at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Learn more about the new facility by visiting The Atlanta Public Safety Training Center website.

Scholarship Program

We believe that continuous education enriches the lives, skills and abilities of the officers and employees of the Atlanta Police Department. In support of this belief, the Atlanta Police Foundation, in partnership with the community, has created the Scholarship Reimbursement Program to provide APD staff with the opportunity to earn college credits.

Utilizing funding from the Atlanta Police Foundation, the Scholarship Program provides reimbursement scholarships of up to $3,000 per year, for APD employees to pursue college degrees and post baccalaureate work from accredited university programs.


Scholarships include reimbursement for tuition paid out of pocket


Course work must be in a job related field from an accredited university

Students must earn a 3.0 GPA to qualify for reimbursement


Scholarships are paid after students have completed the semester for which they are requesting reimbursement


Course work must be in a job related field from an accredited university

Scholarships include reimbursement for tuition paid out of pocket


Students must earn a 3.0 GPA to qualify for reimbursement


Scholarships are paid after students have completed the semester for which they are requesting reimbursement