We invite you to explore a career with Clayton County Police Department and join the team in serving the citizens of Clayton County.
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*For any questions or concerns feel free to contact the Recruitment Hotline at (770) 477-3534*
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- Verification of candidates qualifying credentials, educational achievement, current and past employment, age, residence, citizenship and driver’s license.
- Review of the candidate’s criminal and traffic records, if any.
- Interviews with prior employers, neighbors and at least three (3) personal references of the candidate.
- Any other information required by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Act.
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Salary is paid bi-weekly. Overtime is paid at a rate of 1½ times base hourly salary after 171 hours worked in a 28-day cycle per Federal Fair Standards and Labor Act guidelines. If your assignment requires “On-Call” status, call back pay is paid at 1½ times base hourly salary.
Health, Dental, Vision, Short and Long Term Disability, and Life
$650.00 per year
Annual Leave, Sick Leave, and Holiday Pay
Up to 18 days per year
Clayton County offers an excellent retirement package for all full-time, vested employees. Ten (10) years of continual full-time service is required for vested status. Full retirement of 64% is based on the average of the last three years of salary at age 55 after 32 years of service; unused annual leave and sick leave may apply towards reduction of retirement date. The employee contribution to the Pension Plan is 7.5% pre-tax, and Clayton County contributes 13.9%.
All requests for employment must go through the Clayton County Human Resources Office.
You must be 21 years of age by date of hire to work as a police officer with the Clayton County Police Department.
Title 35, Chapter 8, Section 8 of the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) known as the "Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Act" enumerates specific requirements that a candidate shall meet to be eligible as a peace officer in the State of Georgia. If you do not meet any one of the requirements enumerated in OCGA 35-8-8, you shall be deemed ineligible for a peace officer position with the Department.
O.C.G.A. 35-8-8. Requirements for appointment or certification of persons as peace officer.
(a) Any person employed or certified as a peace officer shall:
(1) Be at least 18 years of age;
(2) Be a citizen of the United States;
(3) Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
(4) Not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of any crime the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in the federal or state prison or institution nor have been convicted of sufficient misdemeanors to establish a pattern of disregard for the law, provided that, for purposes of this paragraph, violations of traffic laws and other offenses involving the operation of motor vehicles when the applicant has received a pardon shall not be considered;
(5) Be fingerprinted and a search made of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;
(6) Possess good moral character as determined by investigation under procedure established by the council;
(7) Have an oral interview with the hiring authority or its representative to determine the applicant's appearance, background, and ability to communicate;
(8) Be found, after examination by a licensed physician or surgeon, to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental conditions which might adversely affect his exercising the powers or duties of a peace officer; and
(9) Successfully complete a job related academy entrance examination provided for and administered by the council in conformity with state and federal law. Such examination shall be administered prior to entrance to the basic course provided for in Code Sections 35-8-9 and 35-8-11. The council may change or modify such examination and shall establish the criteria for determining satisfactory performance on such examination. Peace officers who do not perform satisfactorily on the examination shall be ineligible to retake such examination for a period of six months after an unsuccessful attempt. The provisions of this paragraph establish only the minimum requirements of academy entrance examinations for peace officer candidates in this state; each law enforcement unit is encouraged to provide such additional requirements and any preemployment examination as it deems necessary and appropriate.
(b) Notwithstanding the citizenship requirements provided for in paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of this Code section, the council may adopt procedures and requirements whereby an applicant for certification as a peace officer who possesses unique talents and skills in the training and handling of police dogs and who is not a citizen of the United States may be certified as a peace officer if he shall be otherwise qualified.
The rank of Detective is an appointment made by the Chief of Police, and this assignment is at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
Lateral transfers to specialized units within the Department are available to qualified officers. Specialized units include but are not limited to Tiger Unit. Unit, Traffic Unit, Motorcycle Unit, DUI Unit, Accident Investigations, Aviation Unit, Narcotics Unit, Crime Scene Investigations and Criminal Investigations Division.