Q: What are the age requirements to work for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office?

A: You must be at least 18 years of age to be employed as a Jailer or at least 21 years of age to attend mandate. There is no age cut off as long as you can meet the minimum requirements.

Q: Do I have to be a POST Certified Police Officer to work for the Hall County Sheriff’s Department?

A: No, you can work for the department as a Jailer and eventually be sent to the Police Academy if you qualify.

Q: If I am hired on as a Jailer, how long does it take for me to go to the Police Academy?

A: The time frame varies and it depends on several components. The average time ranges from 15 months to 24 months.

Q: What are the minimum qualifications for a Jailer?


  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Georgia POST Certification desirable.
  • Valid Class C Driver’s License and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR).
  • Knowledge of methods, techniques, and procedures used in controlling and disciplining inmates.
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 171 hours per month on either day or night 12.25 hour shifts (2 on, 2 off, 3 on, 2 off, 2 on, 3 off) or other rotating type shift as needed.
  • Georgia POST Basic Jail Officer Certification required or obtained within 6 months.
  • United States citizenship required for POST Certification.

Q: What are some of the duties of a Jailer?


  • Maintains order and discipline through enforcing rules and regulations among inmates held in the facility while assuring a safe and clean environment exists for the inmates and officers.
  • Monitors all actions and movements of inmates through direct cell block surveillance or through intercom and video systems; mediates any disturbances in the blocks.
  • Inspects the blocks and cells to detect any contraband or unauthorized possessions.
  • Processes booking paperwork.
  • Dispenses meals and medication as directed.
  • Operates control room and coordinates store call.
  • May assist with transporting inmates.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Q: If I am already a POST certified police officer do I have to start as a Jailer?

A: No, not necessarily. If we have openings for certified positions, such as Patrol or Court Services, and you qualify, you could be hired directly into that position.

Q: How do I begin the application process?

A: You can use the links assigned to our recruitment page or visit www.hallcounty.org and go the JOBS page and apply there. Please follow the directions carefully.

Q: What documents will I need to provide along with my completed application?


  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship (if naturalized or a repatriated citizen of the united States)
  • Certified High School Diploma or GED and your College Diploma if you are a graduate
  • Georgia POST Certificate (if certified by the State of Georgia as a Peace Officer)
  • Certified Military Discharge (form DD-214, Member 4) ; if applicable
  • Valid Georgia Drivers’ License
  • Social Security Card
  • Passing test score from one of the following: ASSET, Compass, SAT, ACT, or CPE. *Not required for applicants who are already Georgia POST Basic Law Enforcement Certified

Q: How long does the hiring process take?

A: The hiring process can take three weeks to six weeks, a lot of which depends on your work history, military history and how quickly we make contact with the references you list.

Q: What is the hiring process?


  • Application / Release of Information
  • Initial Screening Process
  • Physical Ability Assessment
  • Agency Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph exam
  • Psychological Exam
  • Physical and Drug Screen

Q: What should I wear to the Physical Ability Assessment, Polygraph, and Interview?


  • Physical Ability assessment- Typical gym attire and sneakers, no boots.
  • Polygraph- Business casual
  • Interview – Business attire

Q: If hired, do I have to purchase my uniforms and equipment?

A: No, uniforms and equipment will be issued to you at no cost.

Q: What benefits are offered to employees?

A: Hall County Employees are offered access to health insurance, life insurance, vision insurance, and dental insurance along with many other benefits. You can visit www.hallcounty.org for a complete list of benefits and explanations.

We hope we have provided answers to all of your questions and we look forward to seeing your application soon.

Should you still have questions please contact us at HCSOrecruiting@hallcounty.org , give us a call at 770-718-2350 or simply fill out the contact form. Good Luck!!