The Gwinnett County Police Department is always hiring new officers, but an event this weekend will give applicants a jump start on the application process.
The department is holding a hiring event at its training center on Nov. 16 and 17. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, applicants can complete a significant portion of the hiring process, including an orientation, physical fitness assessment and panel interview. It is recommended that candidates wear gym clothes.
Applicants must have at least a high school diploma or G.E.D., but can get paid 3 to 6 percent more if they have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. They also must be a U.S. citizen, pass a background investigation, have a driver’s license and be at least 20 at the time of application and 21 by the time they’re an officer.
Starting pay for Gwinnett County police officer trainees is $37,156 for those without a bachelor’s degree and $39,385 for those with a bachelor’s degree. Within a year, officer trainees are promoted to the rank of police officer senior as long as they have completed police academy and field training. That promotion comes with a salary increase to $41,538 for an officer without a bachelor’s degree and $44,030 for an officer with a bachelor’s degree.
Once a candidate is hired, they can start right away. If they can’t immediately start the police academy, they will work in a precinct doing tasks like clerical work until a new academy begins.
Those interested should pre-register at GwinnettPoliceJobs.com, but walk-ins are also welcome, according to a department Facebook post. The training facility is located at 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.
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