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Police Officer Benefits and Compensation


Employer Sponsored Benefits

  • Health 
  • Dental 
  • Life 
  • Long Term Disability

Free Wellness Clinic

A free health clinic is available for all Cobb County Employees and their dependents who have insurance with Cobb County. The clinic offers sick and well checks and many prescription medications at no cost to the employee.

Veteran's Benefit

The Cobb County Police Academy has been approved by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service as an on-the-job-training program. If you are a veteran and have contributed to the G.I. Bill, you will be eligible to receive monetary benefits while in the academy, throughout your training program and your first 18 months working test period. This is in addition to your police salary.

Uniforms and Equipment

All uniforms and job related equipment are provided by the Cobb County Police Department at no cost to you.

Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition Reimbursement is available for you while you complete a college degree or certification. Reimbursable amounts are dependent upon available funding and will be proportionately distributed to all pre-approved applicants on a quarterly basis.

Fitness Centers

Several of our precincts have fitness centers with both strength and aerobic training equipment and are open 24 hours a day. Additional facilities are located at police headquarters and the Department of Public Safety Training Center.


Paid Vacation Leave

  • 13 days per year / 1 year of service
  • 15 days per year / 5 years of service 
  • 20 days per year / 10 years of service
  • 22 days per year / 15 years of service
  • 25 days per year / 20 years of service


11 paid holidays per year

Paid Sick Leave

Accumulates at 4.0 hours per biweekly

Paid Military Leave

Up to 18 days per year

Bereavement Leave Policy

Full time employees will receive up to [3] days of bereavement leave with pay for [24] hours. Employees working in part time positions shall be eligible for bereavement leave equal to [3] part time days off with pay.

Parental Leave Policy

Eligible full time employees will receive six weeks paid time off to care for and bond with their newborn or newly adopted child. All eligible employees must be employed full time at least one full year of service, having worked a least 1,250 hours during the last 12 consecutive months. Employee must have given birth to a child, be the spouse of the individual who has given birth to a child or adopted a child (adopted child must be age 17 or younger).


Base Pay

$46,000  (18 month Working Test Period)

$48,436 (upon completion of Working Test Period)

Lateral Officer Pay

  • Lateral entry applicants may be eligible to receive a salary of $50,179 per year for 2-3 years of service or $51,923 per year for 4+ years of service.

Shift Differential

  • Evening Shift officers receive an additional $.50/hour. 
  • Morning Shift officers receive an additional $1.00/hour.

 Education Incentive Pay

  • $1,000 Associates Degree {$250 per quarter}
  • $2,000 Bachelors Degree {$500 per quarter}
  • $3,000 Masters Degree {$750 per quarter}

Take Home Vehicle Program

Hazardous Duty Pay- where applicable

On-Call for Court Pay

Lateral Entry Program

Lateral Entry Pay is limited to applicants that are currently in sworn law enforcement or have been absent for less than two (2) years, hold a State Peace Officer Certification, and who have served a minimum of two years consecutive service in a full-time sworn position with a full service police or sheriff department.  The Chief of Police or his designee will evaluate each eligible lateral candidate based on, but not limited to, operational experience, size of agency, and scope of responsibility. 

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners have approved a one-time Hiring Bonus for qualified Lateral Police Officers to our department.  The $5,000.00 incentive will be offered to lateral entry recruits who meet the specific requirements of the incentive and they’ll receive the bonus after completion of Phase II training.

Please visit the Lateral Entry Program page for more information.