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Certified Police Officer


Listing Summary

The City of Palmetto Police Department is currently accepting applications for CERTIFIED Police Officers. 


100% City-Paid Employee Medical Insurance

Family Coverage Insurance available (70/30)

Dental Insurance Options

Vacation Leave, Holidays, and Sick Leave 

GMA Retirement (100% paid for by the city)

City-Paid POAB Fund

12-hour shifts

Take Home Car Program

Annual Uniform Allowance

Job Summary: This position is responsible for maintaining law and order and protecting property in the City by investigating criminal activity and patrolling the City of Palmetto.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

  • Knowledge of law enforcement concepts and terminology, including criminal investigation, law enforcement and crime prevention; first-aid principles and techniques; report preparation and record keeping; and human behavior theories related to criminology, crisis intervention and crowd control;
  • Knowledge of laws and court decisions pertaining to law enforcement, including search and seizure, suspects’ and prisoners’ rights, and custody and protection of evidence; operational principles and practices of criminal investigation, law enforcement and crime prevention; court and trial procedures;
  • Knowledge of the use and effects of law enforcement weapons; methods of self-defense and physical restraint;
  • Knowledge of the Police Department’s policies and procedures; geographic layout of City; vocabulary of technical/specialized fields of law enforcement such as identification, detention and pathology;
  • Skill in learning, interpreting, applying and explaining complex laws and regulations; reading and interpreting documents such as maps and diagrams;
  • Skill in performing accurate mathematical calculations; comprehending and retaining factual information and applying what is learned;
  • Skill in observing and remembering details of events, names, faces, numbers and physical descriptions; preparing and maintaining clear, accurate and concise reports and files;
  • Skill in communicating effectively in both verbal and written form; exercising tact, self-restraint, judgment and strategy in dealing with people of all races, ethnicities and socio-economic groups and who may have emotional or physical difficulties;
  • Skill in exercising sound independent judgment in emergency or stressful situations; correctly interpreting a given situation and taking appropriate action under a variety of conditions;
  • Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergencies;
  • Ability to operate the computer and various programs;
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions;
  • Ability to gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts and evidence and to draw sound conclusions; working ability to obtain valid information by interview and interrogation;
  • Ability to work rotating shifts, varying hours and be on call.

Guidelines:  Guidelines include federal, state and local ordinances and regulations and departmental policies and procedures governing law enforcement action, including court procedures.  These guidelines require sound judgment and interpretation in application. 

Complexity:  The work involves performing various duties in protecting life and property and enhancing public safety in the City. The incumbent is required to perform varied duties including physical observation, simultaneous operation of vehicle and computer, processing reports and interpersonal communication – often in adverse situations.


Physical Demands: Visual acuity in both eyes, normal color vision; hear in-person, radio and telephone conversations; recognize differences or changes in sound patterns, loudness or pitch; speak audibly and clearly; identify and distinguish smells of different materials; sit or stand for prolonged periods; walk, run, kneel, stoop, crawl and crouch; make precise and coordinated finger, hand and limb movements; maintain uniform, controlled hand-arm posture or movement; push, pull or drag an adult (averaging 160 pounds); lift and carry boxes of evidence (average 50 pounds); use force to restrain/subdue others; work efficiently for long periods of time.

Work Environment:  Work is performed either in an office environment or in a variety of field and office settings and may require exposure to dangerous and life-threatening situations. Must be willing to carry a firearm; mentally and physically capable of taking the life of another, if justified; willing to work any hour of the day or night (shift work), overtime, weekends, on call and holidays; work at any location in the City and travel on specific assignments.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent; Associate’s degree or two (2) years college coursework preferred; valid Georgia Driver’s license US citizen; at least 21 years of age; meet P.O.S.T. requirements for Peace Officer Certification and/or academy admittance pursuant to GA law; successful completion of the pre employment process which includes oral interview, background check, criminal records and traffic history check, medical and drug screening, polygraph evaluation,  and/or voice stress, successful completion of Police Academy; clean P.O.S.T. record a must; valid State of Georgia Driver’s License; equivalent combination of education and experience.


Submit completed application to:

 Palmetto Police Department

Attn: Bryan Hergesell, Police Chief

P.O. Box 190, Palmetto, GA 30268

Or email to


Contact Number: 770-463-9068

Starting Pay: $42,054.00

End Date for Applications: Until filled

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