Police Department Careers

Ready to serve, protect, and lead by example? Join the Emory Police Department (EPD). With more than 50 sworn officers and three campus locations, EPD has units and teams for every interest.

One Emory, Three Distinct Locations

EPD is committed to creating a safe and inclusive campus for everyone. Our sworn officers serve and protect, 24 hours a day, at three locations—Emory University's Atlanta campus, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Oxford College in Oxford, Georgia. EPD also partners with the Atlanta Police, DeKalb County Police, the City of Oxford Police, and other law enforcement agencies, to serve the greater Emory community.

Specialized units include Accreditation and Compliance, Criminal Investigations, the Office of Special Events, Community Relations, the Office of Professional Standards, the Emergency Communications Unit, and Security Systems (the university Lockshop).

Salary and Benefits

  • Starting salary based on education and experience, with an additional 10 percent in pay for uniformed patrol officers
  • Stable and consistent schedule, with every other weekend off
  • Special pay: shift differential, holiday premium, inclement weather, and overtime opportunities with Emory events
  • Uniforms and equipment provided
  • Health insurance: subsidized medical, dental, and vision plans
  • Retirement: university contribution and excellent matching program
  • Opportunity for advancement to senior and master police officer
  • Basic and supplemental life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Courtesy scholarship and tuition reimbursement for up to 5 credit hours per academic session
  • Paid time off: 10 scheduled and two floating holidays annually; vacation and sick leave accrual.
  • Paid parental leave

To explore these and other benefits, visit Human Resources' Your Benefits page.


  • Minimum 30 hours POST in-service training annually
  • Emphasis on completion of POST intermediate and advanced certification
  • POST instructor certification encouraged for eligible officers
  • Membership is encouraged in a variety of professional organizations

Application Process

Our hiring process includes:

  • a prescreen interview
  • a ride-along (for local applicants)
  • an extensive background check
  • a panel interview
  • physical and psychological screenings

Upon successful completion of the background investigation and subsequent testing, candidates interview with Chief Cheryl Elliott or the Chief's designee. The Chief (or designee) makes the final offer of employment, which is conditional pending the outcome of the physical and psychological evaluations.

Candidates who do not already hold a Peace Officer Basic Law Enforcement (PBLE) certification from the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST) must successfully complete a POST-approved Basic Law Enforcement Training program from an academy of EPD's choice. For questions about the application process, please email us at police@emory.edu.


Emory University's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status.

See Emory University's Full Policy