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All individuals applying for employment with the Atlanta Police Department must meet the following conditions:
  • United States citizenship or naturalization documentation
  • Minimum age of 20 (At least six months after your 20th birthday)
  • A valid driver's license
  • High School diploma or GED certificate
  • Honorable or uncharacterized discharge from a military branch (if applicable)
  • Successful completion of the cognitive skills examination and personality assessment
  • Visual ability cannot be less than 20/100 in each eye uncorrected and must be corrected to 20/20 with glasses, contact lenses or RK surgery
  • Medical examination required upon offer of employment
  • Atlanta Police recruits are required to perform at very high physical levels during the 22 - week Atlanta Police Academy
  • Recruits must also meet rigorous standards during 12 weeks of field training, and significant classroom training
Please Note: The following documents are NOT required to begin the application process, but MUST be brought into the Background and Recruitment Office within 10 days of attending a Recruiting Event:
  • A copy of your current, valid Driver's License
  • A copy of your high school diploma, certified transcripts, or GED certificate
  • A copy of your birth certificate - from the Bureau of Vital Statistics
  • Two (2) passport style photographs
  • An original copy of you Driver's Record, including the past seven (7) years history transcript from the Department of Motor Vehicles in EVERY state in which you have EVER held a valid Driver's License
The following documents are also required, IF they are applicable to you, and must also be included with your completed application:
  • DD214 Form, Member 4 - Showing an HONORABLE discharge from the Armed Forces, if you are a Veteran
  • Certified college transcripts (sealed)
  • Name change documents (e.g. Marriage License, Court Order, etc.)
  • Citizenship papers
  • A copy of bankruptcy discharge papers