STEP FORWARD – JOIN SPD2018-08-14T11:59:19+00:00

WHY SPD?

  • NEW HIGHER SALARIES–certified police officers start at $39,230!! 
  • The Savannah Police Department is now offering bonuses to officers who are already certified and pay incentives for all recruits and officers with a 4-year college degree and/or active-duty military service.
  • Comprised of more than 500 sworn officers and 100 civilian employees, we are always actively recruiting qualified men and women who have a passion to serve.
  • Savannah is a historic community that’s just a few miles from the beach.
  • We are a diversified police department that fully embraces the philosophy of community-oriented policing.
  • SPD has close military ties with Savannah’s Hunter Army Airfield. Ft. Stewart is just a few miles to the south and Parris Island is to the north.
  • The Savannah Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

STEP 1:

APPLY

  1. APPLY ONLINE–City of Savannah Application
    • Click Here to Apply
    • Scan & Upload Documents in PDF format onto the online application before submitting.
  2. You will be contacted by SPD via e-mail if eligible for testing.  Please be sure to check your e-mail Inbox and Spam/Junk folders. 

STEP 2:

TESTING

  1. Approximately 2-4 Days
    • Select Testing Dates in Savannah.  For testing dates click here!  
    • Georgia Peace Officers Standards & Training Exam (i.e. Compass, SAT, ACT)
    • Physical Fitness Assessment
    • Oral Board
    • Polygraph Exam
  2. Approximately 4-8 Weeks
    • Background Investigation
  3. Approximately 2-4 Days
    • Conditional Offer (PLEASE NOTE: This does NOT guarantee employment)
    • Final Interview for Employment
    • Medical Exam
    • Psychological Evaluation
    • Fingerprinting

STEP 3:

TRAINING

35-week Training Course for Newly Certified Officers

  1. 11 WEEKS– Georgia Mandated Peace Officer Training Course.
  2. 8 WEEKS– New Officer Basic Course at the Savannah Police Department training center.
  3. 16 WEEKS– Problem-Based Learning / “Hands-on” Field Training.

The Savannah Police Department pays for all training, uniforms, and gear.

There is a 12-month probationary employment period that starts after completion of the 27-week (Newly Certified Officers) or 16-week (Prior Certified Officers) training period.

Have questions not already addressed on the webpage?  Contact the Recruiting unit.  

E-Mail the Recruiting Unit

Call the Recruiting unit (912) 651-4226