To be considered for employment as a police officer with the Cobb County Police Department you must:
- Be 21 years of age - unless military or police explorer, we will accept you at 19 ½ years of age
- Possess a high school diploma or GED
- Be a U.S. citizen
Any of the following criminal convictions will be considered an automatic disqualification:
- Any felony offense
- Any misdemeanor of an aggravated nature or related to public order or decency
- Any offense related to Domestic Violence
- More than two misdemeanor offenses
- More than one DUI/DWI and the conviction must not have been within the last five years
- Racing or Reckless Driving within the past five years
- Homicide by Vehicle, Habitual Violator, Attempting to Elude an Officer, or Hit and Run
- A less than honorable discharge from any military organization
- Termination of employment for just cause from a local, state, or national civil service or merit system
- Unprofessional or offensive tattoos or brands are prohibited. The following list includes, but is not limited to, the types of items prohibited by this policy:
- Depictions of nudity or violence;
- Sexually explicit or vulgar art, words, phrases or profane language;
- Symbols likely to incite a strong negative reaction in any group (i.e. swastikas, pentagrams, etc.);
- Initials or acronyms that represent criminal or historically oppressive organizations (i.e., KKK, SS, street gang names, numbers, and/or symbols).
- The Department does not allow tattoos or branding on the head, face, neck, scalp, hands, or fingers. However, a tattoo that resembles a wedding ring is permitted on the traditional finger a wedding ring is worn, so long as the ring tattoo does not violate any other section of this policy.
- When in uniform, or acting in an official capacity, to include secondary employment, employees shall adhere to the following guidelines:
- If there is a display of any tattoo/brand larger than 3” by 4”, or more than one tattoo/brand, on the exposed area of the arms while wearing a short sleeve uniform shirt, the employee will be required to wear a long sleeve uniform shirt.
- If there is a display of any tattoo/brand on the exposed area of the legs while wearing uniform shorts, the employee will be required to wear uniform pants.
- Numbers 1 and 2 above shall not apply to personnel wearing Department physical fitness attire while conducting official physical fitness activities or at a Department fitness facility, so long as they are not in public view.
- The final authority as to the prohibition of a tattoo/brand shall be with the Chief of Police, or his designee.