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Are you looking for more than just a job? 

We offer qualified citizens a career in Law Enforcement starting with a firm foundation as a Georgia certified Detention Officer and the opportunity to earn your certification as a Georgia Peace Officer.  Come join our team and launch your career in Law Enforcement.

A career in Law Enforcement offers many challenges and rewards.  Most entry level positions for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are in the Jail Division as a Detention Officer.  


Detention Officer Applicants Must (Qualifications):

  • Be at least 20 years of age,
  • Be a United States Citizen,
  • Be a High School Graduate or possess a GED,
  • Successfully pass the ACCUPLACER test (Reading 55, Writing 60, Numerical 34) or another test authorized by Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training for academy acceptance.  Click here for list of other Georgia P.O.S.T. accepted tests and minimum scores.  The test fee is the responsibility of the applicant*,
  • No convictions for felonies or misdemeanor offenses involving moral turpitude,
  • No convictions or NOLOs for DUI in the past five years, no use of marijuana within the past two years,
  • Must have a valid Georgia Driver's License,
  • Successfully demonstrate the ability to endure the minimal physical rigors of the position,
  • Successfully demonstrate the minimal literacy skills required for the position,
  • Once hired, you must pass and obtain Georgia Jail Officer Certification within six months of employment (cost and scheduling are the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office).

The Position as a Detention Officer Offers (Benefits):

  • Annual starting base salary for these 8 hour positions: $ 35,700.00 (non-certified)
  • In-rank step increases available based on length of service and upon completion of job related training,
  • Accumulative Vacation and Sick Leave increasing with longevity,
  • Shared cost health, dental, vision and prescription drug programs, 
  • Optional expanded healthcare coverage, insurance programs and Flexible Spending Account,
  • Shared cost Defined Pension Plan plus an optional pre-tax 457 investment program,
  • Holidays:  11 per year,
  • 24 Hour on-site fitness center, free membership to Henry County recreational facilities, wellness programs and access to healthcare health coaches,
  • Uniforms and duty equipment are provided,
  • Credit Union Membership available,
  • Georgia Certification as a Detention Officer and quality continuous education,
  • VA approved OJT Training programs for qualified veterans.

Application and Pre-Employment Procedure Includes (Selection):

*NOTE The Technical Colleges in Georgia may offer the ACCUPLACER test by reservation.  You will need to make a reservation at any of the Technical Colleges.  For Technical College locations in your area, please go to online locations.  

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