Atlanta Police Department Hiring Process


If you want to work for the Atlanta Police Department, I’ll be the first to tell you the process is long and tedious, but at the end of the day it’s all worth it. Now before you get a conditional offer of employment, there are some major hurdles you’ll have to overcome.

Here’s an overview of some of the steps you’ll have to complete in order to become a certified police officer for the city of Atlanta.

The application:

Some candidates take the application process for granted, but I’ve seen recruits get all the way up to the oral board interview and get disqualified because of misrepresentation on the application that was completed months ago.

The bottom-line here is to be completely honest on your application and avoid common errors like misspelling and bad grammar. Remember investigators will go through your application with a fine tooth comb, so make sure you have your ducks in a row.

APD Written Entrance Exam:

The APD written exam was designed to cover the following areas:

  • Reading and writing comprehension skills
  • Memory recognition
  • Problem solving ability
  • Judgment and reasoning skills
  • Verbal communication skills

If you get a top score on the written exam, you’ll then move ahead to the physical assessment test.

Physical Agility Test:

The physical assessment test is a five station test in which the candidate must pass each separate station in order to pass the fitness test. You can get a complete workout guide to help you get into tip top shape by visiting the Fit For Duty web page.

Background Check:

The background investigation includes checks of former employers, criminal background, financial history, education verification, military records, and interviews with neighbors, supervisors and co-workers. Try to review all three credit bureaus to make sure that there aren’t any discrepancies on your credit report.

Oral Board Interview:

The Oral board exam will be the last chance you’ll have to sell yourself to the higher ups within the Atlanta police Department. If you do well there and impress the interview panel, you’ll likely get offered the job pending pass the psychological evaluation, computer voice stress analysis, and medical background.


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7 Comments on Atlanta Police Department Hiring Process

  1. Wondering if a recruiter my contact me for more information. Thank you for your time


  2. Wondering if a recruiter may contact me for more information. Thank you for your time

  3. Hello! My name is Bevelyn Brewer, and I’m currently employed by NYPD School safety division. I’m interested in becoming an Atlanta Police Officer, I was wondering if possible can I be informed about upcoming police exams in the near future. I have a brother that is currently an APO, and he said that APD is looking to hire new recruits. My contact info is and my phone number is (917) 587-6282.
    Thank you!!!

  4. @ Bevelyn visit APD’s official website. They should have the dates and times for the next test on their website. Better yet, email the recruiting department.

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