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How long is the application process?
Salary and Benefits
What is the starting salary for new police officers?
If hired, when do my health, dental, and vision benefits become effective?
Can Police Officers make extra money by working part-time jobs?
Does the Police Department provide all of the necessary equipment to perform the job?
What is the top pay for a police officer?
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Basic Requirements (FAQ)
What are the basic requirements to become a police officer with the Columbus Police Department?
Do I need a college degree to become a police officer?
I do not have a driver's license. Can I apply?
What is the maximum age for becoming a Police Officer?
Physical Agility Test (PAT)
PT Test Requirements
What are the Physical Agility Test Requirements?
Can I practice on the obstacle course to prepare for my upcoming physical agility test?
Police Academy (FAQ)
Where is the Police Academy located?
How long is the Police Academy?
Do I receive full salary and benefits while attending the Police Academy?
How many Police Academy classes are held each year?
Will I stay in a dorm environment while attending the Police Academy?
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Armed Forces (FAQ)
When should active military service members apply?
Can I still apply with a dishonorable discharge?
Military Service Incentive.
Background Process (FAQ)
What can I do to expedite my background investigation process?
Will previous drug use disqualify me from being considered?
Will a bankruptcy disqualify me from becoming a Police Officer?
I have top secret clearance in the military. Will CPD still conduct a full background investigation?
Certified Officers (FAQ)
Do you offer a lateral transfer program?
How long is the training for Georgia P.O.S.T. Certified Peace Officers?
Georgia P.O.S.T. Incentive.
I am a certified peace officer in another state, do I have to attend another police academy?
Police Cadet Position
I am over the age of 21, can I apply to become a Police Cadet?
What is the Police Cadet position?
Out of State Applicants
Out of State Applications
I am a certified peace officer in another state, do I still have to attend the police academy?
Do you accept out of state applications?
I don't live in Columbus, Georgia. Can I still become a Columbus Police Officer?
How many times will I travel to Columbus, Georgia during the hiring process?
Will a tattoo disqualify me from applying?
What is CPD's tattoo policy?
CPD Specialized Units
If hired, how long before I can work in a specialized unit?
What specialized units does CPD offer?
Can I reapply?
Why did I receive a denial letter?
If I was denied employment, can I reapply?
General Questions (FAQ)
Who should I contact if the answer to my question does not appear here?
What type of calls do Police Officers handle?
What are the working shifts in the Patrol Division?
Can I attend and complete college courses/programs while working at the department?
When will I receive my take home police car?
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