The following describes the application and examination process for the position of Sworn Police Officer with the City of Marietta.

  1. Submit Application 
    Submit your application for employment on the employment opportunities page by clicking HERE 
  2. Physical Fitness Test & Background Interview                                                                                                          Candidates will be required to complete and pass the POST Physical Fitness Test (PFT). Once the PFT has been completed, they will meet with a member of the Training Unit and turn in a copy of their background book. This book and the document list on page 3 are due the day of the PFT. You can download a copy of the background book by clicking here. PFT tests are scheduled by the Training Unit sergeant over the phone.
  3. COMPASS Test
    Applicants are required to have COMPASS exam scores when requested by the hiring officer. GA P.O.S.T. requires you to have a minimum reading score of 70 and a minimum writing score of 32. You will be required to get these scores your own. SAT, ACT, ASSET and CPE are acceptable substitutions for the COMPASS.
  4. Background Check
    The candidate’s application, background book, criminal history, credit history, driver history, work/ school history and references will be reviewed and the applicants will be ranked by Police Department staff.
  5. Oral Interview
    This is a panel interview with five police officers of various ranks. The candidates are either recommended or not recommended for further consideration. Interview times for the Oral Board will be set up by Police Department staff and is based upon the availability of board members. Business attire is mandatory for the oral board interview.
  6. Conditional Offer of Employment
    If successful through the above steps and a vacancy exists, the candidate will be made an offer of employment conditional upon successful completion of the following steps.
  7. Polygraph
    This is to verify information that the candidate has provided and to confirm compliance with police officer standards. Candidates are asked about their employment history, illegal drug use history, criminal history, driver’s license record and military history.
  8. Psychological Evaluation
    Written portions of psychological testing are administered by a licensed psychologist at their office. This part of the evaluation takes approximately 4-5 hours. The psychologist will review results of written tests and interview candidate. This interview should take approximately 1 hour.
  9. Physical & Drug Screen
    Successful candidates to this point will be scheduled for a physical and drug screen.
  10. Hired
    Candidates are then employed, issued rules and regulations, department policy and procedures manuals. A police academy attendance date is scheduled. Orientation is scheduled with the City’s Human Resources Department. After graduation from the academy (12 weeks), officer is fitted for uniforms, assigned to the field training program. Officer is evaluated and tested by each assigned FTO (Field Training Officer). After granted "solo" status, the officer is assigned a shift.


There are many factors that make a clear definition of the amount of time necessary to complete the selection process impossible to predict (i.e. available openings, number of applicants, scheduling considerations, etc.). The hiring process can last anywhere from 4-8 weeks from the completion of the Physical Fitness Test.


Applicants make re-take the Physical Fitness Test 30 days after their last attempt. For all other standards, candidates who do not complete the process or who are not hired may re-apply after 6 months for any future openings. In such case, candidates must complete the entire process again starting at the PFT.