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What It Takes To Join Our Team

The Gwinnett County Police Department has an extensive process that assists in the selection of the best applicants for our professional Police Department. It is our goal to select the applicants with the highest degree of honesty and integrity to serve the residents and visitors of Gwinnett County.

Due to the background investigation, the application process can take between two to four months to complete. After an application is received in the Human Resources Department, it is screened and then sent to the Police Department. The Police Department starts to schedule applicants for the various steps in Phase I.

Phase I
Physical Fitness Assessment:
  • Sits ups – 29 in one minute
  • Bench press – 72 percent of body weight
  • 1.5 mile run – 14:46; This will be performed outdoors regardless of weather conditions.

Preliminary Orientation:
This step is to provide the applicant with some basic information about the Police Department. Personal information is also gathered. Some of the information will include, but is not limited to, educational background, employment history, and personal data. During this phase, an applicant will complete the Preliminary Orientation Booklet which requires the submission of detailed work and life history.

Oral Interview:
Applicants who successfully complete the physical fitness assessment are scheduled for an oral interview. This interview is conducted by members of the Department ranging from the ranks of police officer to major.

Once the applicant successfully completes Phase I, they are placed on an applicant register. If the applicant is selected, they are given a conditional job offer. The final job offer is based on the successful completion of Phase II.

Phase II
  • Polygraph examination
  • Physical examination / drug screening
  • Psychological testing
  • ASSET test (Georgia P.O.S.T. also accepts passing scores from other college placement exams)

If the applicant successfully passes all the steps in Phase II, they are given a final job offer. Applicants are hired after a final job offer has been given and are temporarily assigned to positions within the Police Department pending the start of the next academy.

During the background investigation process, any applicant can be rejected for failing to meet the hiring standards. Once an applicant is rejected, they are not eligible to reapply for a minimum of one year. Any applicant rejected will receive a letter stating the reason for the rejection and the specific time frame required before reapplication can be made.

911 Communications Officers & Other Non-Sworn Positions
911 Communications Officers provide a vital service to the community by contributing to the safety and welfare of their fellow residents. They are the first point of contact in most emergency situations.

The Gwinnett County Police Department is currently seeking 911Communications Officers. We offer a very competitive salary, benefits, and on-the-job training.

View more information on the hiring process for 911 Communications Officers and other non-sworn positions.