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Police Department Application Process


The application process is to be completed online.

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Physical Agility Test

The physical agility test will be administered by the Department of Public Safety Internal Affairs Unit. Once you have completed the online application, you will be contacted regarding the date, time, and location of the Physical Agility Test prior to the testing date. Please remember to wear appropriate attire for performing the agility test to include work out clothing and running shoes. 

The physical agility test (PAT) consists of the following four events: 18 push-ups within 1 minute, 18 sit-ups within 1 minute, 300 meter sprint within 1:16, and a 1.5 mile run within 17:17.  Internal Affairs schedules the PAT on an individual or small group basis throughout each month.

Comprehensive Background Investigation

The position of police officer is one of public trust. In order to ensure that applicants meet the high standards expected by the community we serve, it is the responsibility of the Cobb County Police Department to conduct a thorough background investigation on each applicant considered for a position. This investigation includes but is not limited to a check of the applicant’s criminal and driving history, employment background, written and clinical psychological analysis, polygraph examination, and references check. A medical exam and drug screen are also required of selected applicants.

While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result with immediate disqualification.

Post Entrance Examination

Prior to beginning the police academy, the Official Code of Georgia Annotated §35-8-8 (a) (8) requires that candidates successfully complete the official POST (Peace Officers Standards & Training) Entrance Examination. The Accuplacer Test Next Generation (required for admission to the Technical College System of Georgia colleges) will serve as this test.

Candidates may test at any Technical College System of Georgia location and should contact the selected site for further information. The POST entrance exam Access Form will be required to take the exam.

Candidates who can prove successful completion of other Georgia POST approved college admission tests such as SAT or ACT will be deemed to have satisfied this requirement under POST rules.