The Alarm Response Officer supports and facilitates the educational process within the Atlanta Public School System by providing a safe and secure environment through proactively patrolling school grounds during the evenings, weekends, nights and holidays, and interacting with the school community to ensure the enforcement of city and state laws, preservation of public order, protection of life and the prevention, detection, or investigation of crime. The Alarm Response Officer will aggressively patrol district property to protect students, staff, and visitors from physical harm and prevent loss to district property resulting from criminal activity.

Must be able to work flexible hours, evenings and staggered shifts, holidays and weekends and/or in emergency situations and to direct traffic/pedestrians crossing busy streets around schools or on school grounds when necessary; ability to investigate suspicious circumstances, persons, vehicles, etc.


  • Conducts building sweeps, security assessments, and monitor schools and district property to ensure public safety and the safety of district employees and notifies the appropriate supervisor, school administrator and the appropriate department of infractions that occur during afterschool hours
  • Responds to calls on crimes against person or property in progress, reports of crimes that have already occurred, and intrusion/fire alarms
  • Performs preliminary investigation at the scene (e.g. gather and preserve evidence, take statements)
  • Prepares written reports, maintain daily logs, and obtains and serve arrest and search warrants as necessary; testify in court as required
  • Coordinates security for crowd and vehicle control at extracurricular activities and special events
  • Helps to define and maintain a respectful code of conduct
  • Monitors and instruct students, visitors, and district personnel on proper and lawful campus or facility behavior
  • Works collaboratively with public safety agencies to serve as a liaison between school and community to deter criminal and delinquent behavior
  • Takes law enforcement action to protect against unwanted intruders
  • Identifies and prevents (through counseling and referral) delinquent behavior, including substance abuse
  • Makes arrests only when necessary to protect school property
  • Conducts routine patrols of assigned facilities to include buildings, parking lots and district owned, leased, or rented property; operates district equipment to include alarm systems, surveillance equipment, and patrol units when necessary
  • Answers alarm calls and other calls for service during afterschool hours
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies with incidents involving local criminal activity that may impact student or site safety
  • Supports district security team working surveillance and extra patrol in high vandalism areas for special events or crisis situations
  • Investigates accidents, incidents, suspicious acts/person(s), allegations of violation of Board Policies and/or illegal activities of students and/or staff, including assisting District administrators in various areas of confidential information and claims and interacting with school resource officers, supervisors, and social service agencies regarding child abuse, juvenile offenders, gangs, felonies, health, safety, missing children, etc.
  • Operate a two-way radio and qualify with a department issued firearm
  • Provides executive protection; provide transportation to and from pre-designated places for Board Members and District Administrators
  • Direct traffic on and around APS property to increase police presence, ensure the safety of pedestrians and to minimize the risk of accidents between pedestrians and vehicular traffic
  • Performs other duties as assigned by appropriate supervisory personnel and school administrators
  • Required to attend scheduled shift during regular/business hours as mandated


  • Must demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking skills in rendering solutions to various issues that arise in the schools
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with both public and school personnel; extensive communications (verbal and written) with students, staff and internal/external stakeholders is required
  • Ability to handle behavior of victims, witnesses and others when handling or responding to incidents
  • Requires the use of sound judgment
  • Ability to work with youth and adults in the school setting.
  • Ability to operate a two-way radio and qualify with a department issued firearm
  • Must pass criminal history and background investigation, psychological and physical agility test
  • Must not have any open internal affairs investigations or P.O.S.T. investigations



  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent required
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred


  • Valid Georgia driver’s license is required
  • Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification required
  • Must hold a PBLE classification if P.O.S.T. certified after 1982 or the equivalent prior to 1983
  • Intermediate and Advanced Certification {Instructor, Drug Identification, etc.) a plus


  • Three years of work experience in law enforcement in a traditional law enforcement agency or school environment required.
  • Ability to work with youth and adults in the school setting.


Salary Grade:122

Salary Range: FY’20 APS Salary Schedule (All Positions)

Work Year: 261 DAYS

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