Background and Recruiting

For Police Officer/Civilian/Administrative positions click here.


It is the mission of the DeKalb County Police Department to:

  • Promote order.
  • Protect the public.
  • Deliver the optimum police services through an effective, efficient and professional response in partnership with the entire community.
  • The department will also provide quality services to the citizens of DeKalb County, its governmental officials, various county departments and to each member of the DeKalb County Police Department.

The values of the DeKalb County Police Department are:

  • Professionalism: We value a professional workforce, one that is knowledgeable, competent and confident
  • Integrity: We value integrity in our personal and professional conduct
  • Accountability: We value providing high quality public service in which we are accountable to the public, our fellow co-workers and ourselves.



We are currently accepting applications for Police Officer (Police Recruit)


Initial Application
Please visit the DeKalb County 'Career Center' and search for the Police Officer (Police Recruit)' position to apply. Once you apply, a background booklet will be sent to you for further investigative information.  (See the link above: 'For Police Officer/Civilian/Administrative positions click here' to be directed to the career site). Feel free to call the Background and Recruiting Unit at (770) 724-7445 with any additional questions.

Physical Agility Test
Once you apply online and you fill out your background booklet in its entirety for the position of Police Officer (Police Recruit) you will be required to pass a physical agility test. This test consists of push-ups, sit-ups, sit and reach flexibility test, an obstacle course and a 440-yard run. Performance standards are based on the age and gender of the individual.


Initial Interview
Once the Background and Recruiting Unit receive the physical agility test results, the applications will be reviewed. Qualified applicants will be contacted and scheduled for an interview at the Background and Recruiting Unit (click for map)

Background Investigation
During this phase of the process, the applicant's criminal history, credit history, military records (personnel and criminal) if applicable, past employment, personal references, etc. will be investigated.

CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analysis)
This is similar to a polygraph test. The CVSA is based on the information that you provided in your Background Investigation Booklet.

The profile is an investigative summary of the applicant. The CVSA report is attached to the profile and routed through the Background and Recruiting Unit chain of command for recommendation. Final approval will be made by the chief of police.

Oral Interview
Once the profile is approved, the applicant will be scheduled for an oral interview. This is a formal interview for the applicant to appear before a board of select senior police officers ranging in rank from sergeant to major.

Psychological Exam
After successful completion of the oral interview, the applicant will then be scheduled for a psychological written test. Following the written test, the psychologist will interview the applicant.

Physical Exam
Medical doctor's examination, blood test, and urinalysis.


Initial Application
Applicant must be at least 20 years of age

High School Diploma or GED

20/40 corrected in one eye and 20/20 corrected in the other eye with uncorrected vision of 20/100; color blindness is acceptable if correctable with a corrective contact lens

Driver's License
Applicant must have a valid driver's license

Health and Well Being
Good physical and mental health

Good moral character

Criminal Record
No felony conviction

No domestic violence (misdemeanor or felony) convictions

Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen

If Veteran
Honorable discharge


High School Diploma
$40,868.00 per year

Bachelor's Degree or Higher
$42,911.00 per year

Certified Officers with 2+ Years of Experience
$44,286.00 per year (Officers certified in other states will start at the regular starting pay, but will increase to this amount after a 7-week training academy in which you will receive GA POST Certification.)


  • Medical Insurance
  • Pension Plan*/Deferred Compensation/401(a)
  • Opportunities for promotion
  • Paid Holidays/Vacation/Sick days
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • 4 days on 3 days off (work schedule)
  • Take home vehicle
  • Montgomery G.I. Bill Program for applicants who qualify. 

*Pension Plan
You get 1.0 percent for every year of service.  Maximum retirement is 30 percent after 30 years of service.  Early retirement with no reduction at any age with 30 years of service. 


10 hours per month
6-10 YEARS
12 hours per month
11-15 YEARS
14 hours per month
16-20 YEARS 
16 hours per month
21-25 YEARS 
18 hours per month
25+ YEARS 
20 hours per month


Eight hours per month with an additional four hours in June and December


10 Holidays Per Year (You may not carry more than 10 holidays per year)
New Year's Day
MLK Jr Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day


Online application must be filled out prior to being scheduled for the physical agility test. Once your application is approved by Human Resources you will be advised of upcoming PAT dates and further information.  

We are currently accepting applications for police officer.  For on-line applications please click here.  

Your application will remain on file for a period of one year. 

If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact us Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM at (770) 724-7445 or email: