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Police Officer - Recruit


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All applicants must reside within 40 miles from the City of Watkinsville prior to the offer of employment to be eligible for this position.

The Watkinsville Police Department is actively seeking a qualified, dynamic and progressive individual to fill a current vacancy in our Department as a Police Officer.

So, you’re a person who has an interest in serving a community by working in public safety and are looking for a place to work that you enjoy and are appreciated both by the community and your employers. 

You need a community where you can provide a positive influence on the citizens you serve. Well, if you would get out in the rain and help a citizen change a tire, or you would rather step out of the air-conditioned patrol car on a hot day to play a quick game of catch with a kiddo; or on the hottest day of the year help direct traffic at a difficult intersection because there is no better way to ensure citizens get through more safety than with your assistance; or if going to eat lunch in a cafeteria full of loud happy kids suits you better than eating at your favorite restaurant; and if meeting and changing the lives of citizens every day needing help is right up your alley, are probably wondering where that one place is YOU CAN use YOUR SKILLS to have INFLUENCE in the community YOU SERVE

The City of Watkinsville located in Oconee County, and currently covers 3.2 square miles and serves a residential population of just under 3000, a higher daily population occurs due to business and industry. 

Our City is undergoing both commercial and residential growth with  new areas under development and more in the planning stages we expect our population to increase by thirty or more percent in the near future.  These new developments will lead to an increase in calls for service and a growth in our Department.

Under new leadership the Watkinsville PD is recreating its image as an agency and working towards State Certification.  The “motto” of the Watkinsville PD is “Professional Service“ we strive to live up to this in all our actions.  Watkinsville is a very family oriented community and the Department is very focused on providing the highest level of service possible to its citizens.

Watkinsville PD is made up currently of four uniform patrol Officers and two uniform patrol Sergeant’s, all of which work a standard twelve hour shift with day/night rotation, the Sergeant’s work an overlapping shift to supervise the two Officers on their rotation.

An extensive benefit package includes higher than average pay, with yearly merit increases (evaluation dependent), cost of living increases (if approved), yearly bonuses (if approved), medical/dental/vision insurance which the City pays 75 % of the costs, 3 % retirement plan after twelve months of employment, 50K life insurance policy paid by the city, a liberal take home vehicle program, all uniforms and equipment, nine paid City holidays, 96 hours of vacation first year and 192 hours from year two.   Initial salary for this position while in training is $31,200.00 which increases to 37,122.00 upon graduation from the academy and attaining Georgia POST Certification. All academy expenses are paid by the Department.  This is an hourly position with paid overtime, 171 plan.

The Department is very “training” oriented and routinely conducts in house training and sends its Officers to out of town training. 

Officers currently wear navy blue duty uniforms with Armor Skin outer vest carriers, and carry issued Glock full sized side arms and issued Glock compact back up side arms, issued Mossberg patrol shotguns and issued Smith & Wesson Patrol Rifles.  Intermediate weapons carried are OC spray, baton and the Tazer 7 multi shot electronic restraint weapon.  The Department is on the 800mzh communication system using in car Mobile Data Terminals and dispatched by the Oconee County Sheriff Communication Center.

All applicants selected for processing must pass an Interview, Medical review, Psychological examination and extensive Background Investigation of both on duty and off duty conduct.

Additionally applicants selected as “Recruits” must pass the POST physical agility test and all required processes for attendance of the GPSTC basic law enforcement academy.

All applicants hired as “Recruit Police Officer” must successfully attend and complete all phases of the GPSTC basic law enforcement academy to attain certification as Georgia Peace Officers, applicants who for any reason do not successfully complete this academy process will not be retained for employment with the Department.

All applicants hired as “Recruit Police Officer” must successfully complete a Field Training process after the Academy of twelve to eighteen weeks,  Applicants who for any reason do not successfully complete this FTO process will not be retained for employment with the Department.

All applicants hired as “Recruit Police Officer” will be under a hiring “contract” in accordance with OCGA 35-8-22.

Important information:

All applicants must meet the requirements of the Georgia Post Council and Georgia State Code for certification as a Peace Officer.  A listing of these requirements can be reviewed at

A negative driving history or criminal history is an automatic disqualifier for this position.

Preferred candidates:

Advanced education above High School level.

Honorable Military Service.

Good working history with current employer and past employers.

An amount of life experience exceeding recent high school graduation.

For further questions for additional information please contact Major Todd Tetterton by telephone (706) 769-5161 or email at

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