Police Detective

Austell, GA
Austell Police Department

Salary: $22.99 – $34.48 (hourly).

Position Summary:

Primary work assignment is to investigate crimes related law enforcement problems; conducts criminal investigations to include and not limited to crimes involving: financial, sexual assaults, homicide, abduction, missing persons, juvenile, child abuse/neglect, abuse of elderly, drugs, auto theft, property, robbery, assault and battery, gang-related, or other crimes; conducts surveillance and undercover operations; coordinates investigation activities with other law enforcement agencies; manages assigned caseload of investigations.

Essential Functions:

  • Secures crime scenes; examines crime scenes for clues, evidence, and latent fingerprints; makes photographs and diagrams of crime scenes and evidence; collects, evaluates, tests, records, and preserves evidence; maintains control and chain-of-custody over physical evidence gathered; ensures proper handling, packing, and transport of evidence to crime laboratories.
  • Identifies potential witnesses and suspects; interviews victims, complainants, witnesses, and suspects; advises victims or other parties of their rights; takes statements and verifies truth/accuracy of statements.
  • Obtains search warrants; conducts searches of premises, property, or persons; seizes property as appropriate.
  • Documents all investigative information; prepares detailed case reports and records; reviews/evaluates crime reports; compiles, maintains, and reviews various statistical data; performs research; reviews laws for application.
  • Determines whether sufficient evidence exists to substantiate an arrest; prepares/presents photo lineups; obtains arrest warrants and makes arrests; advises suspects of their rights.
  • Participates in court activities; prepares cases for prosecution; meets with state/county attorneys to discuss prosecution of cases; testifies in judicial proceedings.
  • Inspects and maintains and operates assigned police vehicle, uniform, weapons, and equipment.
  • Operates or uses various equipment and supplies in order to complete work assignments, operates and maintains motor vehicle, firearm and other law enforcement equipment; operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school diploma or GED is required; supplemented by three years of experience in a full-service law enforcement agency; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
  • Must possess Georgia Peace Officer Standards Council (GA POST) Basic Law Enforcement certification.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.
  • May be required to obtain and maintain additional certifications based on area of assignment.