Officer Selection Requirements

In an effort to provide the best possible service and quality police protection for the citizens of Perry, all applicants for the Police Department who are selected for consideration for employment are required to participate in a structured evaluation process.  The elements of this process are listed in their normal sequence below:

  1. Applicants must complete a City of Perry application and receive an additional application packet, which must be completed and returned to the personnel department;
  2. A computerized criminal history investigation of the applicant’s background is conducted to determine if he/she has been charged with or convicted of an offense which would disqualify him/her for service with the Police Department;
  3. An oral interview is scheduled between the applicant and the Director of Public Safety or his designee;
  4. The applicant must take the Admission Test and receive a passing score;
  5. The applicant is scheduled to complete a physical agility and fitness course to measure his strength, endurance, coordination, and ease of movement;
  6. A background investigation of each candidate will be conducted prior to appointment to probationary status;
  7. A voice stress analysis or a polygraph examination of each candidate will be conducted, with all questions intended to determine information concerning the applicant’s truthfulness relative to any significant criminal background and/or drug use history or other information which would serve to disqualify him/her for police service;
  8. An emotional stability and psychological fitness examination will be conducted and assessed by the Police Department prior to appointment to probationary status;
  9. The Chief of Police will extend a conditional job offer;
  10. A physical examination prior to appointment to probationary status will be conducted by a trained medical physician to certify the general health of the candidates;
  11. A drug screen will be conducted by trained medical staff prior to appointment to probationary status.

The Police Department will generally attempt to create a hiring pool of at least three (3) qualified applicants for each anticipated opening.  As the group of applicants move through the hiring process, the department will evaluate the information gained at each stage and make decisions concerning which applicant shall be scheduled for the following stage of the process.

The evaluation process generally requires approximately six weeks to complete.  The actual time required may be less than or greater than six weeks, depending upon the individual circumstances of each applicant.

In the event an applicant is not selected for employment the first time he/she completes the hiring process, he/she may reapply and be reconsidered.  It is not the intent of the Perry Police Department to indicate that an applicant who is not selected during a hiring process is not capable of performing law enforcement duties or that he/she could not be successful on a subsequent application and hiring evaluation.

Applications for employment may be accepted from nonresidents of the City of Perry.  However, any applicant selected for a position in the Police Department shall move within a 27.50 mile radius of the Police Department of Perry, Georgia to meet emergency reaction times that may arise.  This requirement must be met within six (6) months of the individual’s employment and is a requirement for successful completion of the initial probationary period which is required of all new employees.

Thank you for your interest in the City of Perry and the Perry Police Department.

Notice to Police Officer Applicants

Applicants must submit and successfully complete the following:

  1. An interview with the Chief of Police;
  2. Pass a thorough investigation to include character, experience, background, and physical fitness;
  3. An investigation of all police records, all previous employment, past places of residence, personal habits including illegal drug use, military records, educational background, and other areas deemed job related; provide access to any and all social networks applicant subscribes to;
  4. A voice stress or polygraph examination and a second interview with the Chief of Police;
  5. A complete physical examination at City’s expense;
  6. Psychological examination; and
  7. Submit to a drug screen.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

  1. A high school education or its equivalent as recognized by the Georgia Department of Education. (Minimum GED score of 45 per section-total 225);
  2. Successful completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of college;
  3. Applicant must live within a 27.50 mile radius of the Police Department of Perry, Georgia;
  4. Minimum age limit for Police Officers is twenty (20) years;
  5. Pass the required background investigation, voice stress analysis or polygraph examination, and physical examination;
  6. Willing to work in harmony with staff and on any shift assigned;
  7. Must be a U.S. citizen; and
  8. Must have a valid Georgia Driver’s license;
  9. Must possess a social security card.

The City of Perry welcomes you as an applicant for a position in the Police Department.  If you cannot meet or abide by the above stated conditions and/or requirements, it is suggested that you not complete the formal application.  No exceptions will be made.

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