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Lateral Police Officer at City of Atlanta

Lateral Police Officer

City of Atlanta Atlanta, GA Full Time
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Here at the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community. Our Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and Building Inspectors keep our Citizens safe. Our Public Works Staff keep our City clean and help to maintain, build, and improve our City’s infrastructure. Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth. Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life. Our Engineers help to keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating, and our buildings maintained.   Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta!   If you’re seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.

Lateral Entry Police Academy (LEPA)

Applicants for sworn employment who have previous law enforcement experience may be eligible for the Lateral Entry Police Academy (LEPA). All LEPA candidates must meet the minimum requirements for all applicants and submit to all elements of the selection process.

General Description and Classification Standards

The protection of life and property by enforcing all City statutes, ordinances, and the laws and regulations, both traffic and criminal of the state for which the Police Department is held accountable.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Patrolling and monitoring the streets and businesses of Atlanta to ensure the protection of life and property by deterring criminal activity and promoting security within the community. Assisting fellow officers with interdepartmental tasks and activities.
  • Responding to the needs of the public by performing rescues, providing information and direction, mediating disputes, and deterring criminal activity within the community. Compiling reports, preparing cases for trial, and appearing in court.
  • Responds to emergency and assistance calls and assists and backs fellow officers as requested on domestic and theft calls, executing warrants, and serving subpoenas, etc. Responds to accident calls, gathers information at the accident scene, investigates and reconstructs severe injury or fatal accidents, interviews victims and witnesses, issues traffic citations, and backs fellow officers on traffic stops
  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters, including directing traffic, administering emergency medical aid, and managing dangerous situations; and interacts with E.M.T.
  • Investigates reported crimes by interviewing and obtaining statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informants. Determines reasonable suspicion to detain and probable cause to search
  • Possess the ability to follow all precautionary measures when dealing with suspects who are known to be dangerous and the ability to remain calm in an emergency and life-threatening situation
  • Pursues fleeing and subdues resisting suspects; effects arrests; processes and transports prisoners
  • Follows-up on injured persons at medical facilities and follows court cases/legal actions. Maintaining and updating records for proper documentation.
  • Enters/retrieves data to/from computer system including stolen property, arrest and wanted information, investigation data, criminal records check, etc.
  • Can function with very general supervision. Has the ability to work independently or with other skilled or semi-skilled employees, while maintaining responsibility for the completion of assigned tasks.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Decision Making

Follows standardized procedures and written instructions to accomplish assigned tasks.


Provided Provides guidance and training as required to lower level, interns, temporary employees, etc.

Knowledge, Skills& Abilities This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.

  • Knowledge of local ordinances and law enforcement, arrest and courtroom practices, policies, and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities and understanding of the principles, practices, and methods of the City of Atlanta Police Department, and the various department operations and functions.
  • Skill in effectively communicating and interacting with supervisors, elected officials, employees, members of the public, and all other groups involved in the City's activities as they relate to the department.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) required
  • Candidates must have a current Georgia POST certification or the equivalent certification from another state at the time of application. Out of state applicants need to complete and pass the Georgia POST Equivalency of Training examination before the conditional offer of employment will be made.
  • Candidates must have two years of full time sworn law enforcement experience, including at least one year of experience as a patrol officer or operating in a patrol officer capacity.
  • Candidate must be employed as a full-time law enforcement officer currently or within the previous twelve months.
  • Candidates shall provide two felony arrest police incident reports they have completed for their respective departments and two vehicle accident reports they have completed for their respective departments.


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