Officer Development

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We understand that if we are to be successful in establishing and maintaining the Atlanta Police Department as a premier law enforcement agency, we must continually invest in developing our most valuable asset - the brave men and women of our force. 

From specialized career paths and ongoing training to scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs, we offer a variety of resources to help officers achieve their greatest potential, and maximize the positive impact they can have on our community.

Career Advancement

As a member of the Atlanta Police Department, you'll have access to exactly the kind of challenging and rewarding opportunities you'd expect from the premier law enforcement agency in one of Americas most diverse and vibrant cities. 

We take pride in offering the members of our force not only the highest quality training and equipment but also well-rounded, exciting law enforcement careers that maximize your skills and abilities. 

After only five (5) years of service, you become eligible for promotion to Supervisor. After only three (3) years of service, you become eligible for promotion to Investigator, Senior Police Officer/Field Training Officer, or a variety of specialized units, including: 

From specialized career paths and ongoing training to scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs, we offer a variety of resources to help officers achieve their greatest potential, and maximize the positive impact they can have on our community. 

  • Youth or Community Services
  • School Detectives
  • Cyber Crimes
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Intelligence Squad
  • Homeland Security
  • Financial Investigations
  • K-9 Unit
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • A.P.E.X.
  • Helicopter Patrol
  • Bike Patrol
  • Airport Section
  • Mounted Patrol
  • Criminal Investigations
  • DUI Task Force
  • Auto Theft Task Force
  • Executive Protection
  • Gangs and Guns
  • Narcotics Enforcement
  • S.W.A.T.
  • Fugitive Unit
  • Vice Squad

 

Training

The Atlanta Police Department is committed to providing the best possible training opportunities to our police officers and civilian staff. APD believes that quality training helps to create and retain quality officers. In support of this belief, the Atlanta Police Foundation has established a comprehensive Training Program to address specialized training needs that reach above and beyond those offered through the City of Atlanta budget. 

The program offers the most cutting-edge training to officers, in vital areas such as leadership, investigations and crime prevention, through a series of classes hosted at the Atlanta Police Academy.

Scholarship Program

We believe that continuous education enriches the lives, skills and abilities of the officers and employees of the Atlanta Police Department. In support of this belief, the Atlanta Police Foundation, in partnership with the community, has created the Scholarship Reimbursement Program to provide APD staff with the opportunity to earn college credits. 

Utilizing funding from the Atlanta Police Foundation, the Scholarship Program provides reimbursement scholarships of up to $3,000 per year, for APD employees to pursue college degrees and post baccalaureate work from accredited university programs.

  • Scholarships include reimbursement for tuition paid out of pocket
  • Scholarships are paid after students have completed the semester for which they are requesting reimbursement
  • Course work must be in a job related field from an accredited university
  • Students must earn a 3.0 GPA to qualify for reimbursement