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
$3,000 One Time Hiring Bonus to Newly Hired Police Officers!
 Qualifications Hire Rate After 6 months
3% of midpoint
After 12 months
3% of midpoint
 Minimum $36,606 $37,668 $39,031
 2 years Active Military Service $36,906 (+$600) $38,268 $39,631
 3 years Active Military Service $37,206 (+$900) $38,568 $39,931
 4 years Active Military Service $37,506 (+$1200) $38,868 $40,231
 Georgia P.O.S.T. Certified $37,506 (+$1200)
$38,868 $40,231
 Assoc. Degree in Criminal Justice $37,506 (+$1200)
$38,868 $40,231
 College Baccalaureate Degree $38,706 (+$2400) $40,868 $41,431
 Maximum increase of these incentives is limited to $2400 plus $3,000 hiring bonus

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 If you have questions, contact Kevin Hooks at 706-613-3888 ext. 326 or by email at