Cobb County Government

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for employment as a police officer with the Cobb County Police Department you must be 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma, and be a U.S. citizen.

Any of the following criminal convictions will be considered an automatic disqualification.

  • Any felony offense
  • Any misdemeanor of an aggravated nature or related to public order or decency
  • Any offense related to Domestic Violence
  • More than two misdemeanor offenses
  • More than one DUI/DWI and the conviction must not have been within the last five years
  • Racing or Reckless Driving within the past five years
  • Homicide by Vehicle, Habitual Violator, Attempting to Elude an Officer, or Hit and Run



Additional Disqualifiers

  • A less than honorable discharge from any military organization
  • Termination of employment for just cause from a local, state, or national civil service or merit system



Tattoo Policy

In order to present the most professional appearance to the citizens we serve, Cobb County has a policy regarding tattoos and branding.

The following list includes but is not limited to the types of prohibited tattoos and branding:

  • Any depiction of nudity or violence
  • Sexually explicit or vulgar art, words, phrases, or profane language
  • Symbols likely to incite a strong negative reaction in any group
  • Initials or acronyms that represent criminal or historical oppressive organizations
  • More than one tattoo/brand displayed on each arm or leg is prohibited.
  • Any tattoo/brand which is larger than 3” by 4” displayed below the elbow
  • Any tattoo or branding on the head, face, neck, scalp, hands, or fingers