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Recruitment process

Join the Marietta Police DepartmentThe following describes the application and examination process for the position of Sworn Police Officer with the City of Marietta.

  1. Pre-Screener Questionnaire
    To determine if you are a viable candidate for the position of police officer with the City of Marietta. Complete the online questionnaire.
  2. Submit Application
    Submit your application for employment only when the Marietta Police Department is recruiting. An application is available for download upon completion of the pre-application questionnaire above.
  3. Physical Fitness Test
    Candidates will be required to complete the Physical Fitness Test before any other testing.
    2017 PT Dates: March 10th, May 12th, July 7th, September 8th, November 3rd
    2018 PT Dates: January 5th, March 2nd, May 4th, July 6th, September 7th, November 2nd

    Please use the following links to register for the PT or see more information:
    https://march10pat.eventbrite.com
    https://may12pt.eventbrite.com
    https://july7pt.eventbrite.com
    https://september8pt.eventbrite.com
    https://november3pt.eventbrite.com
  4. COMPASS Test
    Applicants are required to have COMPASS exam scores when requested by the hiring officer. GA P.O.S.T. requires you to have a minimum reading score of 70 and a minimum writing score of 32. You will be required to get these scores your own. SAT, ACT, ASSET and CPE are acceptable substitutions for the COMPASS..
  5. Background Check
    The candidate's application, background book, criminal history, credit history, driver history, work/ school history and references will be reviewed and the applicants will be ranked by Police Department staff.
  6. Oral Interview
    This is a panel interview with five police officers of various ranks. The candidates are either recommended or not recommended for further consideration. Interview times for the Oral Board will be set up by Police Department staff and is based upon the availability of board members. Business attire is mandatory for the oral board interview.
  7. Conditional Offer of Employment
    If successful through the above steps and a vacancy exists, the candidate will be made an offer of employment conditional upon successful completion of the following steps.
  8. Polygraph
    This is to verify information that the candidate has provided and to confirm compliance with police officer standards. Candidates are asked about their employment history, illegal drug use history, criminal history, driver's license record and military history.
  9. Psychological Evaluation
    Written portions of psychological testing are administered by a licensed psychologist at their office. This part of the evaluation takes approximately 4-5 hours. The psychologist will review results of written tests and interview candidate. This interview should take approximately 1 hour.
  10. Physical & Drug Screen
    Successful candidates to this point will be scheduled for a physical and drug screen.
  11. Interview With Chief
    Personal interview with recommended candidates. Chief Flynn ranks candidates after interviews.
  12. Hired
    Candidates are then employed, issued rules and regulations, department policy and procedures manuals. A police academy attendance date is scheduled. Orientation is scheduled with the City's Human Resources Department. After graduation from the academy (10 weeks), officer is fitted for uniforms, assigned to the field training program. Officer is evaluated and tested by each assigned FTO (Field Training Officer). After granted "solo" status, the officer is assigned a shift.

Duration of Process

There are many factors that make a clear definition of the amount of time necessary to complete the selection process impossible to predict (i.e. available openings, number of applicants, scheduling considerations, etc.). For that reason, candidates who have questions about the duration of the process should contact the appropriate police representative.

Re-application

Applicants make re-take the Physical Fitness Test 30 days after their last attempt. For all other standards, candidates who do not complete the process or who are not hired may re-apply after 6 months for any future openings. In such case, candidates must complete the entire process again starting at the PFT.