Patrol Officer

McDonough, GA
McDonough Police Department

Salary: $19.68 per hour for non-certified $20.66 per hour for certified.

Position Summary:

This is general law enforcement work, responsible for protecting life and property and enforcing laws and ordinances. Work involves personal danger, independent judgment, and discretion in difficult or unusual situations. Duties include routine patrol work and responding to emergency calls, citizen complaints, and alarms. Work also involves educating the public on basic safety and crime prevention.

Essential Functions:

  • Responds and investigates calls for assistance, disturbance calls, and complaints of crimes; enforces Federal, State, and local laws by performing warrant, felony, or misdemeanor arrests; implements physical confrontation when necessary; protects the civil rights of persons in custody;
  • Conducts security checks of businesses, parks, public buildings, industrial areas and residences;
  • Issues citations and/or makes arrests for violations of laws including traffic violations and local ordinances;
  • Prepares incident and accident reports;
  • Attends and testifies in various levels of court, including Superior, State, Juvenile,
  • Administrative and Municipal, on cases investigated or reports written;
  • Responds to natural and man-made disasters; locates defendants and serves criminal warrants;
  • Assists with crowd control and security assignments at various public gatherings or incident scenes;
  • Investigates traffic accidents by establishing point of impact, interviewing witnesses, and collecting, preserving, and packaging evidence; detects drunk drivers and performs sobriety evaluations; books DUI suspects.
  • Reports hazardous conditions on public roadways and bridges;
  • Conducts surveillance;
  • Provides assistance to the public as needed; provides information and guidance regarding victim’s rights; assesses victims, renders aid to the injured prior to EMS arrival;
  • Requests assistance of other agencies including emergency and towing services;
  • Processes arrested persons following established procedures;
  • Attends/participates in daily roll call including inspection and training prior to going on duty;
  • Participates in training programs to improve knowledge and skills; performs a minimum of twenty training hours to include firearms and legal updates;
  • Operates department vehicle in the performance of duties;
  • Render aide to injured persons until EMS personnel arrive on scene;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High School diploma or equivalent;
  • At least twenty-one years of age;
  • Meet POST requirements for Peace Officer Certification and/or academy admittance pursuant to GA law;
  • Valid Georgia Driver’s license;
  • Successful completion of Police Academy;
  • Satisfactory MVR;
  • Acceptable background investigation; successfully pass employment physical and drug screen;
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.