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Police Officer Recruit

City of Atlanta

This is a Full-time position in Atlanta, GA posted April 28, 2021.

Here at the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community.

Our Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and Building Inspectors keep our Citizens safe.

Our Public Works Staff keep our City clean and help to maintain, build, and improve our City’s infrastructure.

Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth.

Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life.

Our Engineers help to keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating, and our buildings maintained.

Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta!

If you’re seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.

Police Recruit

General Description and Classification Standards

Attends required training and prepares for the job duties of a sworn Atlanta Police Officer.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: attending the Police Academy; preparing for tests; maintaining equipment; compiling reports; and assisting in building upkeep.

Supervision Received

Works under direct supervision and follows standard procedures and written instructions to accomplish assigned tasks.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.

May perform other duties as assigned .

Attends Police Academy training in accordance with state law and Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) mandate.

Participates in physical training, arrest procedures, firearms use, and safety and other tools required for performance of duties.

Learns various aspects of departmental procedures within an assigned unit of the department and becomes familiar with officer assignments once joining the Police Department.

Prepares for various testing as required including written examinations, firearms proficiency and required driving skills.

Maintains assigned equipment including firearms, motor vehicles, first aid supplies and any other equipment utilized in the performance of duties and follows safety procedures and ensures optimum operation.

Compiles various crime related and statistical reports following specified guidelines; utilizes a variety of written and oral sources; and reviews for complete and accurate information and distributes as appropriate.

Organizes and prioritizes daily work assignments and works to meet the goals and objectives of the department.

Decision Making

Follows standardized procedures and written instructions to accomplish assigned tasks.

Leadership Provided


May oversee temporary or contract workers as needed.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully.

It is not an exhaustive list .

Knowledge of local law enforcement and office practices, policies and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities.

Skill in effectively communicating and interacting with supervisors, employees, members of the public and all other groups involved in the activities of the City as they relate to the department.

Discusses reports and retrieval of information with attorneys, crime victims, witnesses and immediate

Ability to follow policies, procedures, plans and activities and to perform established goals and ability to comprehend, interpret and apply regulations, procedures and related information.

Ability to manage dangerous situations and to maintain control over offenders and the public.


Minimum Qualifications
– Education and Experience

High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and must be at least 21 years of age.

Preferred Education & Experience

High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and previous experience in a law enforcement environment preferred.

Licensures and Certifications

Valid Georgia driver’s license required.

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully.

Typical environmental conditions associated with job.