The Gwinnett County Police Department is currently hiring for 100 police officer positions and 20 communications officer positions. The department will hold a hiring event for both jobs Dec. 1 and 2 at the Gwinnett Police Training Center at 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Walk-ups are welcome, but the department recommends that applicants visit to pre-register and begin required paperwork.

Applicants attending the event will complete a large portion of the hiring process on the same day and should plan on spending a few hours at the Training Center. Police applicants will participate in an orientation session, physical fitness assessment, panel interview, and will complete the written portion of the psychological assessment.

Communications applicants will participate in a data entry exam and panel interview.  Computers will be available for those who need to complete an initial application.

The Details:

Time – All applicants are subject to a thorough background investigation.  The department’s goal is to complete the hiring process in 90 days or less. Most applicants’ background investigations are completed well before the 90 day mark, and attendance at the hiring event will make the process even faster.

Pay – Starting salary for a Police Officer Trainee is $38,642 ($40,960 with a bachelor’s degree). Police Officer Trainees automatically promote to Police Officer Senior on their one year anniversary with successful completion of the police academy and field training program. Base salary is increased to $43,200 at that point ($45,792 with a bachelor’s degree).

After two years at the rank of Police Officer Senior, officers are eligible for a non-competitive promotion to Master Police Officer with completion of certain training requirements. Base salary is increased to $49,528 at that point ($52,500 with 4 year college degree).

Starting pay for communications officers is $34,748 and training in the 911 Call Center begins immediately.

Applicants who receive a final job offer can begin work immediately for full pay. Police Officer Trainees will receive a non-enforcement assignment until the next academy begins. Trainees attend the police department’s own police academy and receive full pay throughout.

Additional Benefits – The department offers a relocation reimbursement of up to $2,000 for qualified expenses. Upon graduation from the police academy, each officer is provided with a take-home car and issued all uniforms and equipment. After two years with the department, employees are eligible for college tuition reimbursement. The department also offers defined contribution (401(a)) and deferred compensation (457(b)) retirement options.

Lateral Transfers – Certified law enforcement officers are considered on a case-by-case basis for our lateral transfer program. Out-of-state transfers must attend a full academy session, but will start at a higher salary based on years of service.

Opportunity – Upon graduation from the academy, police recruits are sworn in as police officers. Two years from an officer’s date of hire, they are eligible for assignment to a specialized unit. The Gwinnett County Police Department is a large, full service department, and has a wide range of assignments. These include: K9, SWAT, Criminal Investigations (detectives), Special Investigations (plainclothes), Hazardous Devices Unit, Motorcycle Unit, DUI Unit, Accident Investigation Unit, and Aviation.