The Human Resources Division provides a full array of human resources services including recruitment and employment, job development and compensation analysis, policy consultation, personnel and benefits processing, management and employee relations, background screening, career development and technical training for the 1400+ employees of the Department of Public Safety. In addition, Human Resources provides support to 225 positions in six separate agencies that are administratively attached to the Department of Public Safety.
This office provides overall direction, leadership, and management of the agency’s human resources needs to include the areas of human relations services; diversity management; policy analysis and development; personnel administration; and position/budget administration. It is also responsible for programs in support of equal employment opportunity and provides guidance and interpretation of departmental policy, state personnel board rules and other state and federal employment laws.
Recruitment/Employment services assist managers in recruiting the best candidates by conducting targeted and core business recruitments, assessing and evaluating job applicants, and participating in panel selections designed to attract and retain a quality workforce. Human Resources coordinates the hiring process and compiles pre-employment applicant data.
Human Resources provides consultation and review of employee actions to ensure compliance with departmental policy, State Personnel Board Rules, Federal, and State laws. Activities include providing advice and assistance to managers, supervisors and non-supervisory employees regarding policies, rules and law. Human Resources also provides assistance investigating and responding to complaints and grievances. Employee Services also provides technical training in human resources related topics in support of the Training Division and the Command Staff of the agency. Topic areas include Unlawful Harassment Prevention, Supervisor Training, Discipline, and Performance Management.
Throughout the year Human Resources responds to numerous requests for information related to benefits, and assists employees in resolving benefit questions. Employee benefit plans include group term life insurance, long term care, vision insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance, legal insurance, health and dependent spending accounts. The unit also coordinates the State Deferred Compensation Plans, and Workers’ Compensation.
Each year the Human Resources Division provides an array of programs aimed at providing a work environment conducive to retaining high caliber employees. These programs include Faithful Service Awards, Statewide Recognition Program, and coordination of the Employee Suggestion Program.
Testing and assessment centers are coordinated through Human Resources in cooperation with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. These activities support the department’s competitive promotional process for the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, Sergeant First Class and Lieutenant. Human Resources provides support for all aspects of the competitive promotional process including testing, announcements of vacancies, and filling each vacancy.
Systems and Records
Human Resources provides support of the actions that are administered throughout the agency. Official employee records are maintained and stored in this office. Entries for sick, annual and compensatory time are completed within Human Resources.