Police Officer I (Entry-Level & Lateral Program)

Marietta, GA
Cobb County Police Department

The Cobb County Police Department is a CALEA-accredited and nationally recognized full-service law enforcement agency, with an authorized strength of 690 sworn officers, located in the metropolitan Atlanta area, and services a population of approximately 800,000 citizens. In response to the recent expansion of our workforce, we are looking for highly motivated, hardworking, and ethical men and women who are seeking a career in law enforcement, to join our progressive department and serve a great community.

Closing Date 12/31/2018


Attends training sessions as required to gain skills and knowledge regarding department operations, job performance, and policies, procedures, codes, and criminal/civil case law: reads professional literature and training materials; completes tests and skills assessments; and obtains and maintains professional affiliations

Enforces all applicable codes, ordinances, laws and regulations (both traffic and criminal) in order to protect life and property, prevent crime, and promote security.

Detects and deters criminal activity: patrols designated areas; responds to calls relayed by dispatchers; writes citations; apprehends, arrests and processes criminals, fugitives and offenders as appropriate; and provides assistance and backup support to other officers and agencies as necessary.

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; and 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.

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, impacting arrests, and processing and transporting prisoners.

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; inspects and maintains assigned police vehicle, uniform, weapons, and equipment.

Creates/maintains positive public relations with the general public: and provides education and information to the public on laws, law enforcement, crime prevention, drug abuse, and related issues.

Communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio: and 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; and maintains professional affiliations.

Operates or uses various equipment associated with law enforcement in order to complete work assignments: operates and maintains police vehicle, firearms, electronic co


Minimum Qualifications
High School Diploma or GED and ability to graduate from the Police Academy within 12 months required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

License and Certifications
Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License; must possess and maintain Georgia POST Peace Officer Certification; may be required to obtain and maintain additional certifications as related to assignment.

Physical Abilities
Tasks require the ability to exert heavy physical effort in heavy work, with greater emphasis on climbing and balancing, but typically also involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds); may occasionally involve heavier objects and materials (up to 100 pounds).

Sensory Requirements
Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, taste, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors
Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, unsafe structures, heights, confined spaces, traffic hazards, bright/dim lights, toxic agents, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites, explosives, firearms, violence, disease, pathogenic substances, or rude/irate customers.