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A Great Place to Live and Work

Athens, with a population of approximately 116,714 people, is a thriving college town that also serves as the legal, cultural, and commercial center for northeast Georgia. Located approximately 65 miles from Atlanta, Athens provides both small-town charm and big-city amenities. The Classic City, as Athens is known, provides a multitude of cultural, intellectual, and recreational opportunities.

Mission of the Police Department

Our mission, as a nationally accredited police department, is to eliminate crime, fear of crime, and general disorder by making each neighborhood safer. The department will accomplish our mission while respecting the dignity and worth of all people as we establish and maintain ethically based problem-solving partnerships with our neighborhoods and community members.

Career Opportunities in the Department

If you are highly motivated, public-service minded, and possess the determination to work hard and succeed, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department has exciting career opportunities for you in a progressive and professional environment. If you are interested in a job with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, please visit Human Resources for more information, or click here to apply online. Click here to view the job description for police officer and POST entrance exam requirements. The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government is an equal opportunity employer.

Pay and Incentives

Potential Earnings Upon Satisfactory Job Performance
Hire Rate After 6 months
3% of midpoint
After 12 months
3% of midpoint
$36,306 $37,668 $39,031
$36,906 (+$600) $38,268 $39,631
$37,206 (+$900) $38,568 $39,931
$37,506 (+$1200) $38,868 $40,231
$37,506 (+$1200)
$38,868 $40,231
$37,506 (+$1200)
$38,868 $40,231
$38,706 (+$2400) $40,868 $41,431
Maximum increase of these incentives is limited to $2400

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If you have questions, contact SPO Tony Howard at 706-613-3358 ext. 225 or by email at

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