Due to normal attrition, the Clayton County Police Department recruits
police officers on a continual basis. We are committed to providing
equal opportunity to all qualified citizens on a basis of demonstrated
merit and fitness. If you are looking for a career, Clayton County
wants to consider you for employment. For the latest information
on job openings within the Clayton County Police Department, please
visit the Clayton County Human Resources Office, Current
Employment Opportunities section.
July 1, 2014, the following starting salaries for Police Officer
are in effect:
P.O.S.T. Certified w/3 years experience*
P.O.S.T. Certified w/6 years experience*
Denotes attainable starting salary based on years of experience
Step Salary Information
is paid bi-weekly. Overtime is paid at a rate of 1 ½ times base
hourly salary after 171 hours worked in a 28 day pay cycle per Federal
Fair Standards and Labor Act guidelines. If your assignment requires
"On Call" status, call back pay is paid at 1 ½ times base
for Police Officer should refer to the following guidelines:
must be 21 years of age by date of hire to work as a police
officer with the Clayton County Police Department.
35, Chapter 8, Section 8 of the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.)
known as the "Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Act"
enumerates specific requirements that a candidate shall meet to
be eligible as a peace officer in the State of Georgia. If you
do not meet any one of the requirements enumerated in OCGA 35-8-8,
you shall be deemed ineligible for a peace officer position with
35-8-8. Requirements for appointment or certification of persons
as peace officer.
Any person employed or certified as a peace officer shall:
Be at least 18 years of age;
Be a citizen of the United States;
Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
Not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government
of any crime the punishment for which could have been imprisonment
in the federal or state prison or institution nor have been
convicted of sufficient misdemeanors to establish a pattern
of disregard for the law, provided that, for purposes of
this paragraph, violations of traffic laws and other offenses
involving the operation of motor vehicles when the applicant
has received a pardon shall not be considered;
Be fingerprinted and a search made of local, state, and
national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;
Possess good moral character as determined by investigation
under procedure established by the council;
Have an oral interview with the hiring authority or its
representative to determine the applicant's appearance,
background, and ability to communicate;
Be found, after examination by a licensed physician or surgeon,
to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental conditions
which might adversely affect his exercising the powers or
duties of a peace officer; and
Successfully complete a job related academy entrance examination
provided for and administered by the council in conformity
with state and federal law. Such examination shall be administered
prior to entrance to the basic course provided for in Code
Sections 35-8-9 and 35-8-11. The council may change or modify
such examination and shall establish the criteria for determining
satisfactory performance on such examination. Peace officers
who do not perform satisfactorily on the examination shall
be ineligible to retake such examination for a period of
six months after an unsuccessful attempt. The provisions
of this paragraph establish only the minimum requirements
of academy entrance examinations for peace officer candidates
in this state; each law enforcement unit is encouraged to
provide such additional requirements and any preemployment
examination as it deems necessary and appropriate.
Notwithstanding the citizenship requirements provided for in
paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of this Code section, the council
may adopt procedures and requirements whereby an applicant for
certification as a peace officer who possesses unique talents
and skills in the training and handling of police dogs and who
is not a citizen of the United States may be certified as a
peace officer if he shall be otherwise qualified.
of Work / Job Description
purpose of this classification is to protect life and property,
to respond to the needs of the general public, to deter criminal
activity within the community, to enforce all county statutes,
ordinances and laws, and regulations of state and federal government,
and to perform investigations, special details and specific
assignments within an assigned unit. SOME OF THE ESSENTIAL
JOB DUTIES INCLUDE: enforcing all county, state and federal
codes, ordinances, laws and regulations, in order to protect
life and property, and to prevent crime and promote security;
maintaining visibility by patrolling assigned area, county streets,
parks, neighborhoods and businesses to ensure security; making
observations for prowlers, suspicious persons and violators;
performing surveillance of various locations and criminal suspects;
investigating reported crimes; obtaining warrants; performing
various search operations; locating missing persons; determining
probable cause to search and/or reasonable suspicion to detain
suspects; responding to emergency calls and calling for assistance;
responding to accident calls; performing functions at accidents,
emergencies, fires, and disasters to include directing traffic,
administering emergency first aid, and managing dangerous situations;
interacting with emergency medical technician (EMT) teams; establishing
road blocks; identifying illegal drugs and hazardous materials.
Incumbent performs other related duties as required. 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). (May be required to lift/carry human being, push/pull
a motor vehicle, do sustained physical combat).
School graduate or G.E.D.
- 20/200, corrected to 20/20 in one eye and at least 20/40
in the other eye with no color deficiencies.
be at least 21 years of age the time of appointment.
be proportional to height.
possess a valid unrestricted Georgia drivers license by
date of hire.
than five (5) points for moving violations in the past
two (2) years.
Any drivers license suspensions in the past two (2)
Any conviction of driving under the influence of drugs
or alcohol, aggressive driving, racing, or leaving the
scene of an accident, or any other serious traffic offenses
within the past two (2) years.
use at all in the past three years.
Any illegal drug use (including anabolic steroids after
February 27, 1991) at all in the past 10 years.
Any involvement in the sale, distribution, manufacturing
or transportation of any illegal drug to include acting
as a third party.
Use of any prescription drug or legally obtainable substance
in a manner for which it was not intended within the
past three years.
tattoos above or on the neck and face.
CONVICTIONS AND ARRESTS:
The term conviction and convicted refers to the final
judgment on a verdict of guilty, a plea of guilty, or
a plea of nolo contendere.
Conviction of any felony or any crime involving moral
turpitude (crimes contrary to justice, honesty, or good
Any conviction of fleeing or attempting to elude police.
Any conviction of impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer.
Any conviction of domestic violence against a domestic
partner, spouse, child or parent.
Note: Successful completion of first offender probation
means that a person will not be considered to have a
criminal conviction; however, the Clayton County Police
Department reserves the right to examine any conduct
that involves moral turpitude, violence, or other behaviors
that could adversely affect an applicant's performance
as a police officer on a case by case basis. Accordingly,
applicants must disclose any first offender status events
and fully explain the circumstances that lead to their
or less than honorable discharge from any military service.
General discharges will be judged on a case by case
Untruthfulness and/or the intentional withholding of
information on any application, interview, or paperwork
associated with the applied position. Examples of intentional
withholding of information would include deliberate
inaccuracies or incomplete statements.
Non-certified applicants for Police Officer will be required
to successfully pass the Georgia University System COMPASS
test, an extensive background investigation including Criminal
History and reference checks, a time limited Physical Agility
Course and one mile run, Polygraph Examination, Psychological
Evaluation and Medical Evaluation.
of Georgia Certified Peace Officer applicants will be required
to pass an extensive background investigation including Criminal
History and reference checks, Polygraph Examination, Psychological
Evaluation and Medical Evaluation.
FOR LATERAL ENTRY APPLICANTS: Candidates for Police Officer
who possess Georgia P.O.S.T.
certification, if hired will assume the title Police Officer
I or Police Officer II depending on their previous years of
applicants for the position of Police Officer when hired will
spend 12 weeks at the Clayton County Police Department's Academy
where he or she must successfully complete studies in Georgia
Law as well as physical conditioning.
successful completion of the Police Academy, police officer
recruits will complete 12 weeks of field training with a certified
Field Training Officer. During this 12 week period, officer
recruits will be evaluated on numerous factors in order to
determine their suitability to perform the duties of police
successful completion of the Field Training Program, the officer
recruit will be assigned to one of 4 Sectors within the county
on one of three shifts and will perform the duties of Police
Officer. The recruit will remain on a probationary status
with the department for one year from date of hire. During
this probationary period officers are not covered by County
Civil Service Grievances. Police
work is shift work, you must be willing to work during any
hour of the day, weekends and holidays.
The Clayton County Police Department maintains an 8 hour work
day, 5-2 schedule. Off days are assigned based on seniority
within the Department.
All requests for employment with the Clayton County Police Department
must go through the Clayton County Human Resources Office. For
your convenience the job application is available online - HERE.
The job application on this Web site is in .PDF format and you
must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order
to view it properly. You can download the Reader free from Adobe's
Web site and need only to install it once. After the Reader is
installed you can view .PDF documents. For proper viewing it is
suggested that you use Internet Explorer 5.5 or greater and Adobe
Acrobat Reader 6.0 or greater to download the application online.
Original Signature Required preferably in Blue Ink - Once
you complete the job application, you must sign it and return
to the Personnel Office. FAXED JOB APPLICATIONS AND/OR RESUMES
are not admissible and will not be considered by the Personnel
Office. A separate application is required for each position that
you are applying for. Job resumes may be included with the application
but will not be accepted in lieu of job application.
Methods of Returning Job Application(s) - You may deliver the
job application(s) to the Personnel Office either by mail or in
person. The Personnel Office address is: Clayton County Personnel
Office, 120 Smith Street, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236.
with the Department who have maintained five years of continual
service are recognized as Police Officer III. Officers are eligible
to apply for the rank of Sergeant after three continuous years
of service. Promotions to the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant,
Captain, Major, and Deputy Chief are made by the Chief of Police
in accordance with Clayton County Civil Service Rule, Police
Department Promotional Procedures.
The rank of Detective is an appointment made by the Chief of
Police, and this assignment is at the discretion of the Chief
Lateral transfers to specialized units within the Department
are available to qualified officers. Specialized units include
but are not limited to S.M.A.S.H. Unit, Traffic Unit, Motorcycle
Unit, DUI Unit, Accident Investigations, Aviation Unit, Narcotics
Unit, Crime Scene Investigations and Criminal Investigation
time employees receive 13 days of annual leave per year (based
on a 40 hour work week). Annual leave is accrued at a rate of
4 hours every pay period.
time employees receive 13 days of sick leave per year (based
on a 40 hour work week). Sick leave is accrued at a rate of
4 hours every pay period.
medical, dental and life insurance plans are available to all
full time county employees. Clayton County contributes 75% of
insurance cost per month; employee contribution is 25% per month.
Long Term Disability and Pre-Paid Legal plans are also available.
/ Retirement Plan
County offers an excellent retirement package for all full time
vested employees. Seven years of continual full time service
is required for vested status. Full retirement of 80% of average
of last three years salary at age 55 after 32 years service.
Unused annual leave and sick leave apply towards reduction of
retirement date. The employee contribution to the Pension Plan
is 5.5% pre-tax and Clayton County contributes 11.85%. Clayton
County's excellent retirement package includes a 2% cost of
living increase every year after your seventh year of retirement.
Compensation Plan (Type 457 retirement plan)
County offers two plans: PEBSCO (Nationwide Retirement Solutions),
and a County Sponsored Plan. Contributions to 457 plans are
pre-tax. Taxes are deferred until the future. Payroll deduction
deductions for savings and loan payments and low interest rate
loans of various types.
Officers Annuity and Benefit Fund (P.O.A.B.)
membership in P.O.A.B.
is available to all certified law enforcement officers. A $20
monthly contribution entitles members to State supplemented
uniforms, weapons, ballistic vests and leather gear are furnished
by the Department upon initial hire. Additionally, a $550 uniform
allowance is provided per year to maintain uniforms and equipment.