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The Columbus Police Department is recruiting dedicated men and women who share a commitment to excellence and a calling to protect and serve. Join the Force for Good and become part of a highly trained law enforcement team focused on the safety of our community and improving the quality of life for every citizen.

As one of the largest police departments in the state of Georgia, the CPD has earned a reputation for using the most progressive approaches and innovative tactics in the law enforcement. And, it all starts with quality officers who are committed to the highest levels of professional and ethical standards. After all, the citizens of Columbus deserve the best we have to offer. Join the Force for Good today.
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If you are interested in becoming a member our team and enjoying the benefits of a gratifying career in Public Safety, we encourage you to join the Columbus Police Department. Should you feel the need to heed the call to civic duty, you will be rewarded justly:

  • Respond to calls
  • Prepare Reports
  • Aid Person in Need
  • Perform Arrests
  • Crowd Control
  • Patrol Assigned Areas
  • Enforce All Applicable Laws
  • Protect Crime Scenes
  • Transport Persons of Interest
  • Attend Court as Necessary
  • Perform Other Duties as Assigned

Required Knowledge

To be considered for employment, applicants are obliged to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Knowledge of modern principles, practices, and procedures of law   enforcement
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and   administrative policies
  • Knowledge of department rules and regulations
  • Knowledge of the layout of the city
  • Knowledge of defensive tactics and the use of force
  • Skill in use of specialized weapons, equipment, and tools relevant to the functions of the position including pistol, shotgun, ASP baton, pepper spray, pepper ball gun, and less lethal munitions
  • Skill in high-speed or defensive driving
  • Skill in the operation of standard office equipment
  • Skill in the operation of computers and various software programs

Supervisory Control

The Police Captain, Police Lieutenant or the Police Sergeant assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.

Scope and Effect

The purpose of this position is to enforce federal, state, and local laws. Successful performance helps ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the police department and provides increased public safety for citizens and businesses of the city.

Physical Demands

The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, running, walking, bending, or crouching. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and distinguishes between shades of color. Pursuit situations may require significant physical agility and exposure to violence or injury.

Work Environment

The work is typically performed in a patrol car or other vehicle, office, library, computer room, or outdoors where the employee may be exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease, contagious or infectious diseases, irritating chemicals, cold or inclement weather, and dangerous situations requiring the use of physical force and sometimes the use of firearms and other weapons. The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.

Physical Agility Test

  • Each applicant must pass a physical agility test and the state-mandated entrance exam. The Department will conduct a background investigation. Each recruit must pass all courses and training required by the State of Georgia.
  • The physical agility test involves push-ups, sit-ups, an obstacle course and a one-mile run. The physical agility test is graded by age and sex. Click here for a complete breakdown of the physical agility requirements.

  • Download the Physical Agility Requirements
  • Download the Obstacle Course Requirements

  •    Above requirements are in Acrobat .pdf format. Get Free Reader

Fulfilling these requirements, and pending a thorough background check, a polygraph test and a psychological exam, the recruit will be interviewed by the Command Staff of the Department. Should the enrollee pass all classes required by the State of Georgia by maintaining a minimum academic score of 80%, they are ready to assume the position of protector, enforcer, and community leader. Those applicants successfully passing all phases of the selection process to include the final interview will be required to attend the state mandated Police Academy. Graduates of the academy are ready to assume the position of protector, enforcer, and community leader.

This job is not for everyone. Wear the badge. Earn the pride. Together we can keep our city safe.

The entire application process can take over 90 days. Click HERE for the Application Process.

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