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Police Officer I Job Description

The Cobb County Police Department is known throughout the Southeast for our commitment to professionalism, public trust, and excellence in performance. Our training program surpasses all requirements mandated by state regulations and delivers high credentials that our personnel are known for around the country.

If you are selected to be part of our team, you will participate in a paid comprehensive training program that will provide a solid foundation of job knowledge, firearms training, tactical skills, and physical fitness.

The Cobb County Police Department has its own P.O.S.T. certified expanded mandate school which features a rigorous 5 month curriculum supplemented with practical scenarios, defensive tactics, and firearms training. After successfully completing the academy, recruits will be assigned to a Field Training Officer at one of our five precincts where they will receive additional training in the field lasting approximately 12 weeks. Once this phase has been completed, recruits transition to solo status for an additional 6 weeks of direct observation by the shift sergeant.

For our non-resident applicants, we understand the challenges associated with relocation and will be happy to assist you with information regarding your concerns.

If you are ready to accept the challenge and join other professionals who have pursued their calling, we look forward to hearing from you.

For more information on joining the Cobb County Police Department contact:

Detective Fernando Pharr at (770) 499-3938 or via email at

You may also contact Internal Affairs directly by calling (770) 528-3812.


Under general supervision performs duties as a shift officer on patrol. This is technical, safety, and security oriented work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Employees assigned to the Officer I level function in a “Recruit” capacity and must successfully complete 18 months at this level prior to assignment to the Officer II level. Work involves an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise independent discretion in addressing emergency situations.

Essential Functions

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Participates in squad meetings: receive assignments; receive new policies, procedural changes, case laws, court decisions, zone patrols, etc.; subject to inspection for adherence to departmental rules and regulations and dress code.
  • Ensures properly equipped with all equipment needed to carry out job duties; personally inspects weapons in order to ensure that weapons are clean and functioning properly; inspects vehicles and other equipment to ensure safe and proper operation; subject to inspection of same per the chain of command.
  • Performs law enforcement patrol activities including, but not necessarily limited to, teletype checks of property or person; records checks on firearms, stolen equipment or wanted/stolen vehicles; assessments of driver's operational capacities; felony stops; searches for missing, lost or wanted persons.
  • Initiates enforcement actions including, but not necessarily limited to, separation of persons involved in domestic disputes; dwelling, building or grounds inspections; vehicle pursuits; detainment of suspect vehicle drivers; alarm responses; arrests; searches of persons, places and property; riot control; subdues resisting offenders using force where appropriate up to and including deadly force.
  • Performs law enforcement investigations including, but not necessarily limited to, recording identifying marks on vehicles, firearms and other objects; preparing and distributing BOLO reports of wanted notices; coordinating activities at accident, crime or investigation scenes; searching buildings or grounds for suspects; establishing identity of suspects; selecting approach and methods for conducting searches; collecting and transporting of crime scene evidence or property; protecting or securing accident, crime or investigation scenes; identifying persons through records, pictures, or identification media; showing mug shots to witnesses or victims.
  • Participates in various other functions relative to investigations including, but not limited to, conducting photo lineups; researching agency records; checking establishments for wanted or missing persons; gathering intelligence on known or suspected offenders; conducting interviews; interrogating suspects; recording sworn statements, formal confessions or depositions; preparing reports or affidavits; presenting testimony and evidence in both civil and criminal court; dusting crime scenes for latent prints and photographing crime scenes.
  • Functions in a public safety capacity including, but not necessarily limited to, obtaining information on injuries to victims and suspects for reports; conducting presentation before public groups; assisting and referring mentally ill, indigent and other persons evidencing need of assistance; physically moving persons, vehicles and other property from unsecured locations; transporting subjects to and from incarceration; administering first-aid to injured persons; administering CPR procedures on appropriate persons; providing security for special functions.
  • Performs traffic related activities including, but not necessarily limited to, examining abandoned vehicles; investigating requests for vehicle tows; informing vehicle owners of legal obligations or procedures regarding vehicle removal; gauging speed of moving vehicles; directing traffic on land or water; observing traffic for violations; conducting traffic stops; investigating and reporting hazardous roadway or waterway damage; controlling parking; issuing citations or warnings; advising offenders in lieu of arrest or citation; rescuing or assisting in rescues of trapped persons; informing persons in accidents regarding reporting and information exchange procedures; explaining legal obligations to vehicle operators; administering field checks to drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Completes accident and incident reports and compiles supporting documentation in order to document and explain facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.
  • Interacts with citizens in order to respond to inquiries and complaints, provide advice on proceeding with criminal matters, refer to appropriate public and social services, and to establish rapport and trust; provides death notifications and consolation for the bereaved.
  • Maintains attendance and punctuality within customary tolerances for this position. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Materials and Equipment Used

Personal Computer Dispatch Radios
Alco Sensor Intoxilyzer
Laser Tint Meter
Video Equipment Radar
Emergency Vehicles Specialized Software
Firearms Mobile Data Terminal
Capture/Restraint Equipment