Below are some of the more common questions prospective and current employees have about working with the Atlanta Police Department.
What age restrictions apply to joining the Atlanta Police Department?
You must reach your twenty-first birthday by the time you graduate from the police academy. There is no maximum age restriction.
Can I download the Atlanta Police Department application and turn it in prior to attending a Recruiting Event?
Yes, currently the Atlanta Police Department accepts both online and printed (PDF) applications. Once you have become a registered user, you can start and stop filling out the online TALEO application as needed or download the PDF printable version.
Do I really have to pass the Physical Training test?
Yes, you will be required to pass a pre-employment physical agility test during the initial background process which includes:
- 20 military style push-ups in one minute
- 25 sit-ups in one minute
- 12″ step test
How long does police academy training last, and do we stay at the academy?
When does the police academy start?
Will I get paid while I am enrolled in the police academy?
Does the Atlanta Police Department supply sweat pants and shirts?
Does the Atlanta Police Department pay for moving expenses?
How does the pay of the Atlanta Police Department compare with other agencies?
The Atlanta Police Department’s Officers pay scale is competitive with every police department in the state of Georgia, if not the entire Southeast.
When can I qualify for a specialized unit?
After you have been employed with the department for three years, you can qualify for the rank of Investigator or join a Specialized Unit.
How do I get promoted?
To get promoted to the rank of Investigator, Sergeant or Lieutenant you must pass both a written and oral exam. The ranks of Captain, Major, Deputy Chief, and Assistant Chief are appointed by the Chief of Police.
As an Officer, will I ride alone or with a partner?
Assignments are determined by your Zone Commander, based on what he/she feels best suits the needs of the Zone.
What if I am a student? [Can I go to school and be a police officer at the same time?]
The Atlanta Police Department encourages every officer to find time to increase his/her education, but basic law enforcement training is extremely demanding and the requirements of the department take priority. Employees may be eligible to receive tuition reimbursement if he/she is enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning.