Employment Opportunity

Applicants are required to take a standardized test to assess suitability for law enforcement work. Applicants who pass the initial test are then required to complete a detailed supplemental application and take a standardized test for entrance to the Police Academy. The next stage in seeking employment is an interview with the Chief of Police or designee. Applicants who have a favorable interview are then scheduled for a polygraph exam, followed by a physical agility test, and a the a conditional job offer. An offer of employment is followed by a psychological test , physical exam, drug screen, and final employment offer by the Human Resource Director and City Manager.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • A United States Citizen
  • No felony convictions according to O.C.G.A. 35-8-8
  • No family violence related convictions according to O.C.G.A. 19-13-1
  • At least a minimum of a High School Diploma or GED
  • A valid Driver's License

Accepted applicants will be required to enter into a training agreement.  Georgia POST Certified Law Enforcement Officers are encouraged to apply.

The starting salary for entry level police officers is $37,422.25, with the opportunity to receive an annual education incentive of up to $2,000 for sworn personnel.

  • Starting Salary - $37,422.25
  • Starting Salary with Partial College Incentive Pay - $38,422.25
  • Starting Salary with Full College Incentive Pay - $39,422.25

An application for employment may be picked up at the police department front desk, requested by mail or click here to fill out an on line application.





Chief of Police

Brian K. Childress 


Valdosta Police Department
500 North Toombs Street
Valdosta, Georgia 31601

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