Police Officer 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 conditional job offer. A conditional 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.
- 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.
Salary & Benefits Package:
- Basic Police Officer Salary - $42,054.51 with the opportunity to receive an annual education incentive of up to $2,000
- Starting Salary with Partial College Incentive Pay - $43,054.47
- Starting Salary with Full College Incentive Pay - $44,054.43
- Retirement Plan - 2% for each year of service (higher % than the county and state law enforcement retirement plans)
- Low Healthcare Cost with low deductibles and low co-pays
- Free Health Care Clinic for employees and dependents covered on health insurance to include no visit co-pay and no cost for prescriptions clinic has in stock
- Take-home vehicle for sworn personnel as well as uniforms and all duty equipment provided at no cost
- Minimum of 24 hours of annual training for sworn personnel - includes annual training and advanced training at outside training institutions
An application for employment may be picked up at the police department front desk, requested by mail or click here to fill out an online application.
2022 Open Testing Dates:
Saturday, July 9, 2022 – 9am
Thursday, August 4, 2022 – 6pm
Saturday, September 10, 2022 – 9am
Thursday, October 6, 2022 – 6pm
Saturday, November 5, 2022 – 9am
Thursday, December 1, 2022 – 6pm
Applicants will be allowed entrance 30 minutes prior to the testing time. Once you have successfully completed the process, VPD will send you to the academy already employed with the City of Valdosta, which means you will be getting paid while attending training. If you are already a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer, you do NOT need to attend the testing, simply turn in an application for employment.
Applicants taking the test will need to bring their driver’s license and $15, which is the testing fee. The Valdosta Police Department is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Valdosta Police Department
500 North Toombs Street
Valdosta, Georgia 31601