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What should I expect as an applicant with Cobb County Police?

Although Cobb County processes a significant number of applicants annually, you can expect to be treated with professional courtesy throughout the application procedure.

What will expedite my application processing?

The accurate and timely completion of all forms and the provision of any required supportive documentation will generally reduce the applicant’s individual processing time.

How long will the hiring process take?

For most applicants the process will take from two to five months depending on the complexity of the applicant’s background.

What will the background investigation include?

Background investigators will talk to references including family members, neighbors, co-workers, and past employers. After checking criminal, driver, and credit histories, they will verify past addresses, and thoroughly research any prior involvement with law enforcement agencies. If you have any questions or personal concerns pertaining to issues in your background such as prior drug experimentation, you should contact a recruiter or background investigator at 770-528-3812. In all things, honesty is the best policy.

What are some of the background issues that might disqualify me from consideration?

Automatic disqualifications are addressed thoroughly under the Minimum Qualifications section. Any attempt to conceal or misrepresent information during the hiring process will result in immediate disqualification of the applicant.

Will the background investigator contact my current employer and jeopardize my job?

Your current employer will not be notified of your application until close to the conclusion of the hiring process. All attempts will be made to notify you before we contact them.

I live out of state. Will the department work with me to minimize the number of trips?

The Cobb County Police Department draws applicants from around the country and recognizes that the processing stage is often difficult for those who do not live in the immediate area. Our hiring personnel will work to ensure that all out-of-town or distant in-state applicants complete as many steps as possible during each trip to Cobb County.

Is there a residency requirement as a Cobb County Police Officer?

There is no requirement to live within Cobb County.

What is considered the most important criterion to possess in order to get a job as a Cobb County Police Officer?

The Cobb County Police Department values honesty above all else. Applicants who choose to provide false information or withhold pertinent information regarding their background will not be hired.