Statesboro Police Department Recruiting

The City of Statesboro is accepting applications for Police Officer candidates at City Hall, 50 East Main Street, 2nd floor, Personnel Department. Applications are available at City Hall or online at Once you have an application on file with the Human Resources Department, you will be contacted if you have been selected for an interview..


1) Ability to read, write and perform basic mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.
2) No experience requirements.
3) Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
4) Ability to meet current requirements set forth in the Georgia Mandate Law Enforcement Training Act/Peace Officer's Standards and Training Act.


Employment in law enforcement agencies involves public trust. Only those persons whose conduct, character, and behavior, which does not discredit either themselves or the Statesboro Police Department, will be considered for employment. The Statesboro Police Department employment process will address the integrity, ethical conduct, honesty, prejudices, financial responsibility (credit), and past behavior of all applicants. While the Statesboro Police Department reviews much information and considers the circumstances in many areas regarding an applicant's background, the following standards are among those that will automatically disqualify applicants from consideration:

1) Intentionally falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting pertinent information while completing the employment application, preliminary interview questionnaires, or any other pre-employment document(s).

2) Deliberately making inaccurate, misleading, false, or fraudulent statements during the employment process.

3) Poor management of personal finances (within the past five years). Debts, pending civil suits, garnishments, dispossessory warrants, bankruptcies, etc., will be investigated to determine candidates suitability for employment.

4) Personal state or federal tax liability or delinquent student or government loans unless the applicant is on an approved payment plan.

5) Any felony conviction.

6) Any outstanding criminal charge pending adjudication.

7) Sufficient misdemeanor convictions to establish a pattern of disregard for the law.

8) Discovery of an applicants involvement in any crime of a serious or aggravated nature.

9) Any conviction or plea of nolo contendere within the past five (5) years for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DUI) or for any serious traffic offense, including, but not limited to: Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Vehicular Homicide, Failure to Stop, Render Aid, or Leave Information, and Racing.

10) Five or more convictions and/or pleas of nolo contendere within the past two (2) years for any moving violations.

11) Current illegal drug use.

12) Illegal sale, distribution or manufacturing (to include growing) of any drug.

13) Deliberate association of a personal nature within the past year with persons who use illegal drugs in the presence of the applicant.

14) Use or possession of marijuana and/or synthetic marijuana during the last three years.

15) Use (more than experimentation) of an illegal drug or combination of illegal drugs, other than marijuana, during the past 10 years. What is considered “experimentation” will be determined on a case by case basis considering the totality of the circumstances.

16) The display of any unprofessional, obscene or offensive tattoo/ brand or body art, regardless of its location while employees are on-duty is prohibited. The display of any visible tattoo on the face or neck while employees are on-duty is prohibited. The following list includes, but is not limited to, the types of tattoos/brands and body art prohibited:

A) Depictions of nudity or violence;

B) Sexually explicit or vulgar art, words, phrases or profane language;

C) Symbols likely to incite a strong negative reaction in any group (i.e., swastikas, pentagrams, etc.);

D) Initials or acronyms that represent criminal or historically oppressive organizations (i.e., KKK, SS, street gang names, numbers, and/or symbols).

    The final authority as to the prohibition of a tattoo shall be with the Chief of Police or his/her designee.

Police Officer Duties

Patrol officers are assigned to a zone to detect and deter criminal activity and enforce various laws and ordinances

Responds to calls relayed by communications officers, including domestic disputes, assaults, burglaries, traffic accidents, lost or missing persons searches, public service duties, stranded motorists, and others.

Conducts preliminary investigations into traffic accidents, crimes, and other incidents, including interviewing victims, complainants and witnesses, gathering information and evidence, securing crime scenes, and performs basic crime scene processing.

Apprehends, arrests, and processes offenders, including fugitives; summons witnesses.

Transports prisoners.

Provides assistance and backup support to other officers and emergency service providers as necessary.

Provides first aid and CPR to victims as necessary and assists motorists.

Provides traffic direction and escort services as needed for events such as parades, funerals, ball games, and school crossings.

Testifies in judicial proceedings as necessary.

Completes all required reports and forms, including accident and incident reports.

Inspects and maintains an assigned patrol car, uniform, and equipment.

Prepares and serves criminal warrants.

May assist in training new officers.

Attends ongoing training classes as required.

Performs Bailiff duties for Municipal Court.

Performs other related duties as assigned including but not limited special events, extra duties, and emergency situations.

Equipment and Training


For Police Recruits going to Basic Mandate Training, the Statesboro Police Department provides all clothing and equipment required to attend
Transportation is also provided
All Police Officers are equipped with the best equipment available:

• Uniforms
• Patrol boots
• Duty belt, under belt, and belt keepers
• Patrol rifle
• Glock 21 with TLR-1 and magazines
• Taser X2
• Light weight body armor
• Expandable baton
• OC Spray
• 700 MHz / 800 MHZ radio with shoulder mic
• Handcuffs

Patrol Fleet

• Dodge Charger Pursuit
• Ford Police Interceptor Utility
• Chevrolet Tahoe PPV
• A few Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors remain in the fleet
• All patrol cars are equipped with:

1) Mobile Data Terminal
2) Driver's License Reader
3) Printer
4) Some have License Plate Readers


Large commitment to providing training opportunities

Training hours received by our officers:


1) 2,753 hours of in-house training
2) 7,442 hours external training
3) 10,195 hours total


1) 3,454.75 hours of in-house training
2) 6,169 hours of external training
3) 9,623.75 hours total


1) 5,594 hours of in-house training
2) 6,462 hours of external training
3) 12,056 hours total

11 post-certified instructors within the Statesboro Police Department

Judgmental Use of Force Simulator

• The Meggitt Training Systems FATS L7, is a state of the art system that exemplifies the advances in simulator technology making training much more effective, freeing up the participant's movement and incorporating fully customizable scenarios. The outcome of each scenario can be dictated by instructors based on officer's actions and responses. The system and software allow realistic training in almost any setting and lighting condition with the exception of inclement weather. Each scenario gauges the officer's reaction time and allows instructors to provide feedback through video playback, examining and questioning each step of a scenario with an officer.

• This system has allowed our officers to train on site, during normal duty hours, and receive valuable realistic training in judgmental use of force

• No taxpayer funds were utilized in purchasing the Judgmental Use of Force Training Simulator. The purchase of the system was funded through asset forfeiture funds.


For any questions concerning employment at the Statesboro Police Department, please contact the Office of Professional Standards, Sergeant Jake Saxon at:

10 ways to be an outstanding candidate

• Brought to you by: The Office of Professional Standards

1) Preparation Prepare yourself for each stage of the hiring process. Candidates that are ready for each step are noticed much more than those not prepared.

2) Follow Instructions Attention to detail is a much valued quality in a candidate. Inability to follow written and verbal instructions throughout the hiring process can result in disqualification

3) Honesty Be completely truthful throughout the hiring process. Nobody is perfect, but anybody can be honest. Being dishonest at any step of the hiring process WILL result in being disqualified from the hiring process.

4) Communication skills Oral and written communication skills are vital in a law enforcement career. Researching and practicing professional communication skills prior to beginning the hiring process is recommended. Show us that you have command presence and carry yourself with confidence. Look Sharp, Act Sharp, Be Sharp.

5) Knowledge of the Statesboro Police Department and the position applied for One of the best ways to show that you are serious about a career with the Statesboro Police Department is to educate yourself about our agency and the duties and demands of being a police officer. You can find information on our website, talk to our officers, other police officers, or even do a ride-a-long with one of our officers.

6) Be Punctual Develop a habit of arriving early for all scheduled events in the hiring process. Excellent time management is very desirable skill for a potential employee.

7) Professional business attire You will never get a second chance to make a first impression. You should dress and groom professionally during any interview.

8) Candor and Sincerity Demonstrate sincerity, candor, integrity, conviction, and honesty. Avoid giving canned responses during interviews. We know what the #1 Top Rated Interview Responses are on the internet. We want to get to know who you are, how you think, and what your values are.

9) Know yourself. Know why you want to start a career with the Statesboro Police Department. Know how your background, skill sets, and abilities will help you be successful. We will want to know what you can bring to our team.

10) Be an active listener.Listen carefully to questions that are asked and think before you respond. It is ok to take a second to formulate a thoughtful, concise answer.

Opportunities and Pay for sworn personnel

Patrol Bureau

Police Officer
• Sworn, Certified employee
Advanced Patrol Officer
• A Police Officer that has served for 2 years and met training criteria
• Entry level into supervision
• Shift level supervisor
• Watch Commander

Investigations Bureau

• Entry level Detective, investigates felony crimes
Senior Detective
• Senior level Detective, investigates felony crimes
Detective Sergeant
• Supervises the Detectives

Support Services Bureau

• An individual that has been hired and is attending Basic Mandate training to become a certified law enforcement officer
• Will be reassigned to the Patrol Bureau upon completion of Basic Mandate
IT Specialist
• An Advanced Patrol Officer that is assigned to maintaining the Records Management System
Support Services Sergeant
• Serves as the Quartermaster for the agency

Office of Professional Standards

• Serves as Recruiter and Hiring Manager for the Agency
• Internal Affairs investigator
• Media relations

Command Staff

Chief of Police
• Responsible for managing the agency
Deputy Chief of Police
• Assists the Chief of Police in management of the agency
Support Services Bureau Commander
• Rank of Captain
• Manages the Support Services Bureau
Investigations Bureau Commander
• Rank of Captain
• Manages the Investigations Bureau
Patrol Bureau Commander
• Rank of Captain
• Manages the Patrol Bureau

Special Units and Assignments are available to officers who at least hold the rank of Advanced Patrol Officer

Emergency Response Team

• Collateral Duty
• SWAT team

1) Entry Element

2) Sniper Element

3) Crisis Negotiations Element

Statesboro Bulloch Crime Suppression Team
K-9 Unit
Motor Unit

• Motorcycle Patrol

Bicycle Patrol Unit
Honor Guard
School Resource Officer

Pay for Sworn Personnel

• Police Recruit
• $14.10 hourly rate
• Upon completion of Basic Mandate training, the recruit is given a 2.5% raise and classified as a Police Officer

• Police Officer
• $ 37,004.64 - $ 61,057.67

• Advanced Patrol Officer
• $ 38,854.88 - $ 64,110.55

• Detective
• $ 40,797.62 - $ 67,316.07

• Corporal and Senior Detective
• $ 42,837.50 - $ 70,681.87

• Office of Professional Standards Sergeant
• $ 40,275.63 - $ 66,454.78

• Sergeant and Detective Sergeant
• $ 47,228.34 - $ 77,926.77

• Lieutenant
• $ 54,672.71 - $ 90,209.98

• Captain
• $ 61,818.52 - $ 102,000.73

• Deputy Chief of Police
• $ 71,562.79 - $ 118,078.61

• Chief of Police
• $ 86,985.02 - $ 143,525.27

Opportunities for non-sworn personnel

Communications Officer

• Receives calls for assistance from the public and dispatches appropriate public safety personnel
• $ 27,260.13 to $ 44,979.21

Communications Supervisor

• Responsible for providing direct supervision to Communications Officers
• $ 34,791.60 to $ 57,406.14

Administrative assistants

• Provide administrative support to the assigned Bureau
• $ 28,623.14 to $ 47,228.17

Records Secretary

• Provides secretarial services and support at the front counter of the Statesboro Police Department
• $ 25,962.03 to $ 42,837.35

Records Clerk

• Provides administrative support and records maintenance
• $ 31,557.01 to $ 52,069.06


1) $30/an hour for Off Duty Employment
2) Incentive based physical fitness program
3) On-Site 24/7 Gym
4) City Health and Wellness Clinic
5) Vacation and Sick Leave
6) Holiday Pay
7) Medical Insurance
8) Dental Insurance
9) Vision Insurance available
10) Retirement Plan
11) 457b Plan
12) Flex Benefits Plan
13) Life Insurance
14) Short and Long Term Disability Available
15) Peace Officers Association of Georgia Dues are paid by Statesboro Police Department

Hiring Process


• Completed online at

Entrance Exam (For Non-Certified Applicants)

• National Police Officer Selection Test

Pre-employment Interview

• Conducted by your future peers to evaluate a candidate in key areas relevant to a career at the Statesboro Police Department

Background Investigation

• A comprehensive background investigation will be completed by the Office of Professional Standards Sergeant
• Includes a polygraph

Psychological Examination

• This exam evaluates a candidate's psychological condition for suitability in employment as a police officer


• This exam evaluates a candidate's physical condition for suitability in employment as a police officer

Drug Screen

• The Statesboro Police Department is a drug free workplace

Command Staff Interview

• The final interview, conducted by the Command Staff to meet potential Police Recruits and give the final approval