Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of our team! We think you’ll find our department to be progressive, community oriented and focused on excellence. The University of Georgia Police Department is comprised of approximately 96 sworn law enforcement officers, 15 communications officers, and support staff that bring the total agency personnel to approximately 125. The agency provides a full spectrum of police services to the campus, including 24/7/365 patrol and emergency response by the Patrol Division, targeted traffic safety enforcement by the Traffic Division, criminal investigative services by the Criminal Investigations Division, and Advanced Service Teams that include Special Response Team, the Bomb Disposal Unit, the K-9 Bomb Detection Unit, the Mobile Field Force, the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Critical Incident Response Team.
The University of Georgia Police Department maintains an open pool of applicants for the position of Police Officer. Those meeting the minimum qualifications are welcome to apply.
To apply as an officer, you must be:
- At least 21 years old
- A citizen of the United States
- A high school graduate or GED recipient
- A licensed driver
- Without any felony convictions
If you meet these qualifications and wish to apply, follow the directions below. This information is designed to answer many of the most frequently asked questions related to employment with the UGA Police Department. If you have difficulty applying or simply need a question answered after reviewing this information, please call (706)542-5813, or contact a hiring representative at [email protected].
Is the UGA Police Department currently hiring?
Current vacancies can be found on www.UGAJobSearch.com. If no vacancies are shown on the website, the department will gladly accept the UGA Police Department Application for Employment (explained below) for Police Officer positions in anticipation of future hiring needs.
A complete application consists of two parts:
- UGA Police Department Application for Employment
This application is specific to the UGA Police Department and must be completed according to the included instructions and delivered or mailed to the UGA Police Department, 286 Oconee Street, Athens, Georgia 30602 (Attention: Applications). The application document can be printed from the link above, or a paper copy can be obtained at the UGA Police Department between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Incomplete or improperly completed applications will not be processed and/or retained for consideration.
- UGA Application for Classified Employment
This is an online application which is necessary for overall employment with the University of Georgia. It must be completed online through the UGA Job Search website, accessible through the link.
What happens after I apply?
Properly submitted applications that are found to contain no disqualifying information after review are entered into an open pool of Police Officer applicants. If an application is found to be incomplete or found to contain disqualifying information, the applicant will be notified in writing that they are not currently being considered for employment.
The basic steps in the hiring / screening process are:
Physical Agility Exercise
- Physical agility involves a series of tasks combined into a single, timed exercise to ensure that the applicant is capable of performing the basic physical elements of the job of a law enforcement officer. Physical agility exercises are scheduled periodically. If your application is properly submitted and does not contain disqualifying information, you will be contacted and informed of the next scheduled exercise.
- Physical Agility Exercise Guidelines (PDF)
Oral Interview Board
- The review board consists of a formal interview with three members of the UGA Police Department Leadership Team. Applicants are considered for an oral interview after successfully completing the Physical Agility Exercise.
Pre-Employment Background Investigation
- If the applicant is recommended for further consideration after the interview board, a pre-employment background investigation will be initiated.
Conditional Offer of Employment
- Based on the hiring needs of the department, conditional offers of employment are made at the discretion of the Chief of Police, typically during or after the background investigation phase. In order to satisfy the conditional factors, the applicant must gain approval on the following three screening mechanisms:
- Pre-employment Psychological Screening
- Digital Voice Stress Analysis (DVSA) Screening
- Pre-employment Drug Screening
What is the current starting salary / pay structure?
The current starting salary for Police Officer and Communication Officer positions is $59,500. Police Officer and Communications Officer positions both offer multiple step increases over the first two years of service. The tables below contain the current salary and incentive structure information. Any annual raises awarded by the institution would be added to these incentives.