Disqualifying Conditions

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All applicants for employment with the Atlanta Police Department are subject to a thorough background investigation to verify the accuracy of statements provided within the application and to confirm your qualification for employment. 

The following factors are some of those that would be cause for disqualification: 
  • Any conviction of an offense punishable by one or more years imprisonment (felony). This includes cases falling under the First Offender Act and expunged/sealed cases.
  • Any federal, state, or local circumstance that would prohibit you from legally possessing a firearm
  • Pending traffic or criminal charges
  • Deliberate omissions or falsehoods
  • Any repeated convictions of an offense indicating disrespect for the law, a lack of good moral character or disposition towards violence and disorder
  • Discharge from employment, where such discharge indicates poor behavior and/or an inability adjusting to discipline
  • Any discharge documentation suggesting that service ended under less than Honorable conditions
  • A conviction for Larceny or Theft over $500
  • A conviction for any domestic violence offense
  • Failure to pass all medical, physical, psychological examinations
  • Use of illegal drugs in violation of APD Pre-employment Drug Policy
  • A conviction for DUI, Alcohol/Drugs within 3 years of the date of application
  • Refusal to submit to Blood Alcohol Content test will be treated as a conviction
  • Five (5) or more moving violation convictions within 3 years prior to the date of application
  • Three (3) or more convictions for speeding in excess of 30 MPH over the speed limit within the entire driving record
  • Three (3) or more chargeable traffic accidents within 5 years prior to the date of application
  • A driver's license that is currently suspended, revoked or expired
  • A conviction for vehicular homicide, or hit and run (leaving the scene of an accident)
  • Current probation or parole status
  • The Atlanta Police Department has a policy related to tattoos and body art. Applicants considering employment are to be aware that this policy will have a direct impact on eligibility for hiring. 

    Tattoos or body art displaying the following are prohibited at all times:
    • Racism
    • Sexism or Sexually Suggestive or Explicit
    • Obscenity or Profane
    • Gang or Drug Related
    • Undermining City or Department Values
    • Political in Nature

    Tattoos or body art on the following body areas are prohibited at all times:
    • Neck
    • Head
    • Face
    • Ears
    • Hands and Fingers

    Excessive tattoos or brands shall not be exposed or visible through the clothing while on duty with the exception of officers in undercover assignments. “Excessive” is defined as any tattoo or brand that exceeds one-third of the exposed body part and those that are above the collarbone and visible when wearing open-collar clothing. 

    An option to the permanent removal of tattoos that are in violation of this policy is for the officer to wear flesh-tone arm sleeves that cover the tattoos; thereby, making his or her appearance in compliance with Department directives.