This Profession Isn't For Everyone !

  The Savannah Police Department continually searches for imaginative, well educated, and highly motivated individuals who have a strong sense of public service.

This isn't a profession for just anyone.   You must be willing to devote your time and energy to the community.  The learning process is unending.

You will constantly be evaluated by your supervisors, your peers and even by yourself.  But more importantly, you will constantly be evaluated by the community you protect.

The hours can be brutal, at times.   But the pay and benefits are good.  Care to try it on ?

Contact Corporal Joy Gellatly at (912) 651-4226.


The City of Savannah
is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicant Information

Becoming an Officer


Testing & Processing

After successfully completing the initial testing, your name will be placed on an eligibility register which is good for 1 year.  A thorough background investigation will be conducted.

Upon tentative selection by the Chief of Police, you will take a written exam administered by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST), a medical exam, and a drug screen.  Failure of any of these tests disqualifies the applicant.



SPD officers work a 43 hour week, and are paid bI-weekly.   The salaries listed are for police officer trainees with no prior law enforcement experience in Georgia.  Officers with prior experience in Georgia may start at a higher rate of pay.  If you are already Georgia certified, contact Cpl. Gellatly for information on higher entry salaries.

Police Officer Trainee $ 22,257.00
Police Officer - Probation $ 24,578.00
Police Officer $ 25,837.00

Promotions are based upon competitive examination.   Advancement is earned without regard to race or gender.


The City of Savannah provides a number of employee benefits including:

In addition, the Savannah Police Department provides all basic equipment including uniforms, body armor, weapon and web gear, and footwear.   Officers also receive an allowance for uniform cleaning.

Vacation & Holiday Leave

City employees earn 10 paid holidays per year.

The vacation year runs from January 1 to December 31.   Vacation is earned from the date of employment, but may not be taken during the first 6 months of City service.  Vacation time earned is based upon years of service with the City of Savannah.

1 - 4 Years Service 12 Days Per Year
5 - 9 Years Service 14 Days Per Year
10 - 14 Years Service 18 Days Per Year
15 + Years of Service 20 Days Per Year

Sick Leave

Sick leave is earned at the rate of 1 day per month.  You may accumulate a maximum of 260 days of sick leave.  Supervisors routinely assess employee sick leave usage.

Military Leave

If you are member of a National Guard or military reserve unit, you are permitted up to 18 paid days of military leave per year.


Once you've completed 2 years of continuous service with the Savannah Police Department, or have completed 1 year of continuous service with the Savannah Police Department and 2 years continuous law enforcement service with another law enforcement agency, you are eligible to apply for assignment to one of the Department's specialized units.  These include:


Non-Certified Applicants

Applications are accepted from non-certified individuals during designated recruitment periods, and are only given out during this time.

Georgia Certified Peace Officers

Applications are accepted from Georgia certified peace officers on an open continuous basis.

To obtain an application, contact the Savannah Human Resources Department.

City of Savannah
Human Resources
132 East Broughton St.
Savannah,  GA  31401
(912) 651-6485


The City of Savannah is an equal opportunity employer.