Police Officer I

Atlanta, GA
Fulton County

Salary: $53,135.00 – $63,761.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

The purpose of this classification is to protect life and property, to deter criminal activity, and to enforce all local, state and federal laws, statutes and regulations. Incumbents in this class are new to the department and have completed the required training.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols designated areas via motor vehicle or on foot, to detect and deter criminal activity and traffic violations; inspects doors, windows, and premises of residential/commercial buildings/properties to ensure security or to detect suspicious conditions; responds to active alarms at residences, businesses, and industries; maintains high visibility in the community.
  • Responds to calls relayed by dispatchers, including domestic disputes, abuse, assaults, burglaries, thefts, fatalities, traffic accidents, property damage, alarms, bomb threats, lost or missing persons searches, rescue operations, unattended deaths, public service duties, stranded motorists, or dangerous drivers.Prevents/discovers commission of crime; writes citations; pursues fleeing suspects; apprehends, arrests and processes criminals, fugitives and offenders as appropriate; assists in booking inmates into jail; transports arrestees, prisoners, members of the general public, or other individuals as required.

    Conducts preliminary investigations; interviews victims, complainants and witnesses and takes statements; gathers information and evidence; secures crime scenes; prepares investigative reports and sketches; participates in court activities; testifies in judicial proceedings.

  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters, which may include lifting, dragging or carrying people away from dangerous situations, securing/evacuating people from particular areas, administering medical aid, or extinguishing small fires.
  • Provides assistance and backup support to other officers as necessary; provides emergency response on a twenty-four hour basis as needed; provides assistance to other law enforcement or public service agencies as appropriate.
  • Establishes road blocks; administers roadside field sobriety tests; writes citations; identifies wanted persons/vehicles; impounds vehicles; assists stranded motorists; ensures roadways are clear of obstacles and hazards.
  • Performs other duties including monitoring and responding to calls for assistance, investigating accidents and reported crimes, interviewing citizens, conducting searches, pursuing fleeing and subduing resisting suspects, effecting arrests, and processing and transporting prisoners
  • Communicates with command/supervisory personnel during emergency response and critical incidents.
  • Inspects and maintains assigned police vehicle, uniform, weapons, and equipment.
  • Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; performs driving functions in a safe and efficient manner under various conditions, including day/night hours, in congested traffic, in adverse weather conditions, and in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits.
  • Participates in court activities; prepares cases for prosecution; reviews and maintains reports; meets with attorneys to discuss prosecution of cases; testifies in judicial proceedings as needed.
  • Performs research functions as needed; researches criminal histories and location of individuals via computer.
  • Responds to complaints and questions related to law enforcement issues and activities; mediates disputes; provides information, researches problems, and initiates problem resolution.
  • Creates/maintains positive public relations with the general public; provides education and information to the public on laws, law enforcement, crime prevention, drug abuse, and related issues.
  • Maintains records, logs, and files of work activities; maintains current manuals, policies/procedures, bulletins, map books, and other materials for reference and/or review.
  • Communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio; provides information and assistance; responds to requests for service or assistance; communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications
  • Attends shift meetings, training sessions and seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of departmental operations, to promote improved job performance, and to stay current with changing policies, procedures, codes, and criminal/civil case law; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations.
  • Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives and reviews various documentation, including logs, evidence sheets, criminal history reports, warrants, subpoenas, general orders and laws, codes and ordinances; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate; prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, and other documentation, including logs, accident and incident reports, property/evidence sheets, citations, booking sheets, etc.; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.
  • Operates or uses various equipment associated with law enforcement in order to complete work assignments: operates and maintains police vehicle, firearms, taser, emergency equipment, radio/communications equipment and other law enforcement tools and 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.
  • Communicates with supervisors, officers, employees, other departments, dispatchers, law enforcement agencies, fire personnel, emergency/medical personnel, court officials, attorneys, victims, complainants, prisoners, suspects, the media, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to obtain information, coordinate activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.


  • High School diploma or GED required; supplemented by one year of work experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
  • Must obtain and maintain Basic Law Enforcement certification. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia Driver’s License.
  • Must submit to and pass a psychological profile test.
  • Must successfully pass a physical agility test, polygraph examination, drug test, and background investigation, including, but not limited to the following: (1) criminal history record check; (2) driver history record check; (3) financial/credit check; (4) court check for criminal cases and civil lawsuits; (5) previous employment check; and (6) character and social acquaintances check. Must possess a valid Georgia Driver’s License at the time of appointment.
  • Must be at least twenty (20) years of age.
  • Must conform to the following qualifications as required by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Act: Be a citizen of the United States.