Gwinnett County's 101st police academy class graduated Thursday evening. They're looking to hire 100 more new officers and 20 communications officers at a weekend hiring event.
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department

Gwinnett police hiring 100 officers, 20 911 operators at weekend event

The Gwinnett County Police Department wants to find 100 new officers in two days.

The agency is holding a two-day hiring event in order to fill those officer positions, as well as 20 communications officer positions. Communications officers operate the county’s 911 line. 

Applicants for either position can show up to the Gwinnett Police Training Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 2 to begin the hiring process. To speed it up, those interested are encouraged to pre-register and begin required paperwork in advance; that can be done at

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At the hiring event, police applicants will participate in an orientation, physical fitness test and panel interview before completing a written psychological assessment. Communications applicants will do a data entry exam and panel interview.

Job offers are not likely to be made on the spot because background investigations must be conducted on each potential hire before they can join the department. They can take up to 90 days, but typically take much less time, the department said. 

New officers can earn $38,642 without having a bachelor’s degree, and $40,960 with one. After a year, officers will be promoted to police officer senior and get a raise to $43,200 without a bachelor’s degree and $45,792 with one. Communications officers’ starting salary is $34,748 regardless of education.  

Law enforcement officers from other Georgia departments could be eligible for a lateral transfer — moving into a role with the Gwinnett County Police Department similar to or the same as the one they currently have — but each transfer application is considered on a case-by-case basis. Officers from agencies out-of-state must complete a full police academy, but will start at a higher salary based on their years of service.

For more information, visit The training center is located at 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.

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