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Police Officer I Minimum Qualifications

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

Additional Disqualifiers

  • 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

Tattoo/Branding Policy

  1. 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:
    1.  Depictions of nudity or violence;
    2.  Sexually explicit or vulgar art, words, phrases or profane language;
    3.  Symbols likely to incite a strong negative reaction in any group (i.e. swastikas, pentagrams, etc.);
    4.  Initials or acronyms that represent criminal or historically oppressive organizations (i.e., KKK, SS, street gang names, numbers, and/or symbols).
  2. 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.
  3. When in uniform, or acting in an official capacity, to include secondary employment, employees shall adhere to the following guidelines:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  4. The final authority as to the prohibition of a tattoo/brand shall be with the Chief of Police, or his designee.