STEP FORWARD – JOIN SPD 2018-05-10T13:11:43+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

PAY and BENEFITS:

PAY SCALE

  • DURING GEORGIA POST ACADEMY:
    • $35,046 for trainees with H.S. Diploma or GED
    • $37,446 for trainees with college degree (Bachelor’s or higher)
    • $300 per year of honorable military service (maximum of $1200 annually)
    • SCMPD pays for ALL required training and ALL uniforms / equipment
  • PAY INCREASE AFTER COMPLETION OF GEORGIA POST ACADEMY (approx. 11-14 Weeks)
    • $39,230 for newly certified officers with H.S. Diploma or GED
    • $41,630 for newly certified officers with college degree (Bachelor’s or higher)
    • $300 per year of honorable military service (maximum of $1200 annually)
  • SIGNING BONUSES FOR PRE-CERTIFIED OFFICERS
    • $800-$2,400 SIGNING BONUSES
    • Eligible to pre-certified, experienced officers
    • SEE LATERAL ENTRIES (Column 2)
  • ADVANCED POLICE OFFICER
    • 5% PAY RAISE
    • Eligible after 2 years with a Bachelor’s Degree / 3 years without degree
    • Must meet specific training requirements and performance criteria

EP 2
LATERAL ENTRY

  • GENERAL LATERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    • POST Certification from ANY State
    • Full-time employment for two continuous years within the last 24 months
    • Must have been employed by a “Full Service Agency” 
      • “Full Service University Police” will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
      • “Full Service” is defined as an agency that responds to calls for service, makes arrests and files criminal cases without the service/help of another law enforcement agency.  
  • Law enforcement experience obtained in the following areas IS NOT considered
    • Corrections
    • Military Police
    • District Attorneys Office
  • LATERAL ENTRY FOR NON- GEORGIA CERTIFIED OFFICERS
    • If selected, the training process begins with 11-weeks of state mandated academy with daily physical training.
      • Most candidates will attend the Georgia POST Academy located in Savannah.
      • Other academies around the state of Georgia may also be used.
    • Six-weeks of In-Service training at SPD.
    • Assignment to a Certified Police Training Officer for 11-weeks of in-the-field training in a Patrol Division Precinct.
    • After field training, you will begin working solo. Training will continue through evaluations and follow-up training.
    • The probationary period is for the first 12 months of employment with SPD.
  • SIGNING BONUSES:
      • Out-of-State Law Enforcement Experience (qualifying agency of 50 officers plus)
        • First paycheck after hire date – $400 (one-time payment)
        • First paycheck after graduating Patrol School  – $400 (one-time payment)
        • First paycheck after completing 1 year of employment – $400 (one-time payment)
  • LATERAL ENTRY FOR GEORGIA CERTIFIED OFFICERS
    • If selected, the training process begins with six-weeks of In-Service training at SPD.
    • Assignment to a Certified Police Training Officer for 11-weeks of in the field training in a Patrol Division Precinct.
    • After field training, you will begin working solo. Training will continue through evaluations and follow-up training.
    • The probationary period is for the first 12 months of employment with SPD.
  • SIGNING BONUSES:
      • Georgia POST Certified Officer (qualifying agency of 50 officers plus)
        • First paycheck after hire date – $800 (one-time payment)
        • First paycheck after graduating Patrol School  – $800 (one-time payment)
        • First paycheck after completing 1 year of employment – $800 (one-time payment)

BENEFITS/LEAVE

  •  EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
    • The City of Savannah provides a number of employee benefits including:
      • Group Medical Insurance
      • Life Insurance
      • Pension Plan
      • Wellness Program
      • Credit Union

In addition, the Savannah Police Department provides all basic equipment including uniforms, body armor, weapon, leather gear, and footwear with an allowance for uniform maintenance.

  • VACATION AND 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 your employment starts but may not be taken during the first six-months of 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 one 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 a member of a National Guard or military reserve unit, you are permitted up to 18 paid days of military leave per year.
  • ASSIGNMENT/TRANSFERS TO SPECIALIZED UNITS
    Once you’ve completed two years of continuous sworn service with SPD or have completed one year of continuous sworn service with the department and at least two years of continuous law enforcement service with another law enforcement agency, you will be eligible to apply for any of the department’s specialized assignments, if there is an opening in the Unit desired.

The City of Savannah is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TESTING:

PHASE 1

  • Conducted over approximately 2-4 days
  • Physical Fitness Assessment
  • Oral Board
    • Scheduled at time of post-physical agility exam orientation
  • Polygraph Examination
    • Scheduled at time of post-physical agility exam orientation
  • Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Testing Examination
    • This is similar to an ACT, SAT, ASSET, CPE, or Accuplacer Test
    • This does not need to be completed in Savannah

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PHASE 2

  • Performed over approximately 4-8 Weeks – AFTER Completion of Phase 1
    • Background Investigation is completed
      • Ensure you notify the people you used as references that SPD will be contacting them during this phase of your testing process.

PHASE 3

  • Conducted over approximately 2-4 days
    • Final Interview for Employment (this may be conducted before Medical Examination)
    • CONDITIONAL Offer of Employment (this does not guarantee employment)
    • Medical Examination
      • Date may be contingent on start of applicant’s hire date
    • Psychological Evaluation
      • You may be required to travel to the Atlanta area
      • You will be notified of the results by Human Resources
    • Fingerprinting

Attention Out-of-Town Applicants

If you live outside the Savannah area, you will need to plan two trips to Savannah and possibly a third to the Atlanta area.

The first trip will be to complete Phase 1 of the testing process. Please plan on being in Savannah as follows:

  • Monday testing session – from Sunday evening until Wednesday evening.
  • Saturday testing session – from Friday evening until Tuesday evening.

The second trip will be to complete Phase III of the testing/hiring process after successfully passing Phase I and II. The time frame between the completion of Phase I and the beginning of Phase III is approximately 4-8 weeks.

2018 TESTING DATES:

The test dates depend on enough applicants being eligible to test. Therefore, if there are not enough applicants ready/eligible for testing, a test date may be canceled. Please return to this page often to check the dates and make sure the session you are scheduled for has not been canceled.

2018 Testing Dates

  • January 2018
    • Monday, January 8, 2018
  • February 2018
    • Monday, February 12, 2018
  • March 2018
    • Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • April 2018
    • Monday, April 16, 2018
  • May 2018
    • Monday, May 14, 2018
  • June 2018
    • Saturday, June 2, 2018
    • Monday, June 18, 2018
  • July 2018
    • Saturday, July 14, 2018
    • Monday, July 23, 2017
  • August 2018
    • Saturday, August 11, 2018
    • Monday, August 27, 2018
  • September 2018
    • Monday, September 17, 2018
  • October 2018
    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • November 2018
    • Monday, November 5, 2018
  • December 2018
    • Monday, December 10, 2018

Applications for sworn police officers are accepted on an open, continuous basis.

CITY OF SAVANNAH MINIMUM APPLICATION STANDARDS

  • U.S. Citizen
  • 21 Years of Age
  • High School Diploma or GED Certificate
  • No Felony or Serious Misdemeanor Convictions
  • Vision Corrected to 20/20 with Normal Color Vision
  • Valid Driver’s License

*** Of note, there is no maximum age cap at this time.

The Application Process

Please follow the steps below carefully and completely. Failure to complete any of the steps as instructed may result in your application being rejected.

STEP 1 – Please be prepared to upload a clear, PDF electronic copy of the documents listed on the “Instructions to the applicant” document before clicking the submit button of the online application. Additionally, please contact your educational institutions (both high school and college, if applicable) to request that an official, sealed transcript be mailed to our office. The transcripts need to be mailed to: Savannah Police Department, Attn: Recruiting Unit, 201 Habersham Street, Savannah, GA 31401.

Review the Instructions for Applicants and the SPD Background Standards for the City of Savannah and SPD.

STEP 2 –  Access the City of Savannah online application for “Sworn Police Officer” found here.

NOTE: Georgia Residency is NOT required during the application phase to be considered for employment.

STEP 3 – Your completed on-line application will be reviewed by the SPD Recruiting Unit once it is received.  If you are an eligible applicant, a member of the unit will send you an e-mail with information about testing dates. Please read and follow all instructions in the e-mail.