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Police Detective

City of Cordele, Georgia

Closing Date:  Until Filled

Salary:  Commensurate with experience, education and training.                                       



The City of Cordele, a local municipal government serving a population of approximately 12,000 citizens, is actively searching for Detective candidates.  Located 100 miles north of the Florida state line, and served by three exits in Interstate 75, Cordele is the commercial hub of Crisp County and offers excellent growth opportunities for hotels, restaurants, retail, recreational and healthcare facilities.


A skilled police position responsible for investigating crimes, incidents and situations; gathering information and evidence.  Also protecting life and property and enforcing Municipal, State and traffic laws and other duties pertaining to the prevention, control, suppression and deterrence of crime.  Applies proper police policies, procedures and techniques.  Under the direct supervision of the Investigations Captain.


Performs manual tasks that require physical stamina and the use of police equipment, hand tools, cameras, radios, vehicles, firearms and other weapons.  Uses advanced investigative techniques and procedures.      Duties may be performed in stressful situations and during inclement weather.  Some examples of these duties are:


  • Operates police vehicles and radios safely while abiding by department policies.
  • Employs hand tools, chemicals, cameras, recorders and other evidence gathering materials.
  • Enforces Municipal and State criminal and traffic laws.
  • Uses chemicals, firearms, tasers and other weapons.  Trains in the use of all tools, weapons and equipment to ensure proficiency and compliance with use of force policies.
  • Protects people, places and things.
  • Testifies and provides evidence in court cases.
  • Prevents crime through aggressive patrol, foot patrol and passive observation. 
  • Conducts traffic stops and issues citations and warnings.  Directs traffic including school zones.
  • Administers first aid, rescue aid and related activities if required.
  • Investigates citizen complaints of criminal activity.
  • Investigates misdemeanor and felony crimes, crime scenes and accidents thoroughly.
  • Responsible for crime scene security and processing crime scenes.
  • Collects, tags and secures evidence including completing evidence and chain of custody forms.
  • Conducts search and seizure procedures and coordinates same with other governmental and law enforcement agencies.
  • Conducts effective interrogations and interviews with suspects and victims.
  • Requests and obtains search and arrest warrants.
  • Trains and drills in police methods, technology, systems, first aid and Municipal and State laws, codes and ordinances.
  • Inspects security of buildings, structures, premises and vehicles.
  • Operates computer information system.
  • Prepares extensive, grammatically correct written and oral reports.
  • Makes frequent contact with the public often involving dangerous and mentally unstable people, vicious animals and juveniles sometimes involving physical contact during altercations.
  • Exposed to witnessing traumatic injuries and accidents.   
  • Practices professional, confidential and internal integrity.
  • Works with other local and State agencies.
  • Fingerprints persons using both ink and live-scan technology.
  • Establishes contacts, confidential informants and develops good public relations.
  • Analyses situations and adopts quick, effective and reasonable courses of action and conflict resolutions.
  • Maintains police equipment, apparatus and physical facilities.
  • Submits daily reports to and coordinates activities with immediate supervisor.
  • Other duties as may be assigned from time to time.



  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Minimum education of a High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have successfully completed the State mandated basic police officer certification course (P.O.S.T) and have at least two (2) years training in criminal justice, police science or a combination of education, training and experience.
  • Must be skilled in written and oral communications, general math, grammar and spelling with the ability to express ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Must be computer literate.
  • Skilled in the use of firearms, police related weapons, office equipment, GPS, computer software and hardware, camera, communication devices and police vehicles.
  • Must complete a City of Cordele employment application.
  • Must successfully complete a background check including criminal history, personal and previous employment references, driving history and education verification.
  • Must pass a basic skills examination, psychological assessment, drug/alcohol screening and a job related physical examination.
  • Subject to random drug and alcohol testing while employed to comply with the City of Cordele’s Anti-drug and Alcohol policy.
  • Must pass the Field Training program and follow-up evaluation including qualifications for use of weapons.
  • Must be able to work designated hours and rotating shifts including on-call status, nights, weekends, holidays, court dates and overtime.
  • Must maintain a valid line of communication such as a home or cellular phone.
  • Must possess, or have the ability to obtain, a valid applicable Georgia driver’s license with a clean driving record.


  • Dependable and punctual with an excellent attendance record.
  • Neat and clean personal appearance and attire.
  • Ability to perform arduous tasks frequently under strenuous and adverse conditions and hazardous weather often involving personal danger.
  • Knowledge of, or the ability to easily learn, the City street system, physical layout and adjacent areas including businesses and residential locations.
  • Able to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other employees, supervisors and the general public.


Interested and qualified candidates should submit an online application, available at  Application packages are also available at Cordele City Hall - Human Resources Department, Room 246, 501 7th St., North Cordele GA 31015. 

This position will remain open until filled.


The City of Cordele is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all applicants without regards to race, color, religion, sex – including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or genetic information, the presence of a non job-related medical condition or handicap, or any other protected status.


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