Air Support Unit
Crime Scene Specialists
Document & Financial Crimes
Special Victims Unit
Crisis Intervention Team
Field Training Officer Program
Family Violence Unit
Sex Offender Notification
Enforcement & Tracking
Off Duty Employment
Photo Safety Program
Red Light Cameras
School Zone Safety Cameras
Policy & Procedures
Professional Standards (Internal Affairs)
School Resource Officers
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The first step to becoming a police officer in Alabama is to meet age (21), education (high school diploma or GED) and physical qualifications (clearance from a doctor that you are physically able to do the job).
You must also be a U.S. citizen and not dishonorably discharged from the armed services. There are other prohibitions.
No person who has a felony conviction (not including juvenile convictions) or a pardon for a felony conviction can become a police officer in Alabama. A not guilty or no-contest plea to a felony count or conviction in another state that would be equivalent to a felony conviction in Alabama also is a disqualifier.
Misdemeanor convictions related to domestic violence may, but not necessarily, may rule out a person from becoming a police officer. A person also must have no prohibitions from possessing firearms.
Once those hurdles are passed, candidates must then find an actual job with a police agency. Being hired as a cadet first, before any undergoing any training, is a requirement in Alabama because the state does not allow non-sworn trainees into any of it many police academies.
Each city posts its available cadet positions, so candidates will have to spend time researching open positions city by city. Once you are hired as a cadet, your agency will help arrange for police academy training in one of Alabama’s 10 police academies.
All of them are certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) www.apostc.state.al.us, which sets the standards for graduation and which will administer a psychological examination that you will have to pass.
Some of the academies are regional institutions, others are academies run by larger departments such as Huntsville, Mobile and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
Although you have to be 21 to become a police officer in the state, you may enter an academy before that, on the date closest to your 21st birthday. The application process, which your agency will help you through, includes submitting a copy of your high school diploma or GED and a medical release form from a licensed doctor that you are in good health and physically capable of working as a police officer.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018), the average police officer makes around per year. That figure does not take into account overtime pay or special detail pay. You must also remember that the pay scale provided by BLS is base pay focused only.
The figure does not include promotions like swat team, detectives or other special unit squads which you can make you a lot more.
Not everyone has the ability or temperament to successfully undertake a long-term career in police work. If you can honestly answer yes to the following questions, you may possess the character and qualities the Alabama Department of Public Safety is seeking:
You first must pass a written examination for your name to be included on a register of prospective troopers. If you are selected for further consideration, you must successfully complete the following prior to appointment:
Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission Physical Ability/Agility Test
In-depth background investigation, including polygraph examination and drug screening
All new troopers-in-training undergo at least 800 hours of intensive training at the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center in Selma. Trooper training is similar to military basic training in its regimentation, discipline and physical requirements.
Courses include first aid, constitutional law, criminal and traffic law, accident investigation, criminal procedure, pursuit driving, firearms, public speaking, defensive tactics and other courses designed to give troopers a firm foundation on which to build their careers. Trainees intraining engage in rigorous physical conditioning, which includes mandatory physical training and running.
While assigned to the training center, troopers and cadets live in the training center dormitory and eat at the dining hall.
All new troopers are assigned to the Highway Patrol Division their first three years. Each new trooper works with a trooper field training officer for eight weeks to strengthen his or her skills and knowledge on the job, before he/she is assigned a patrol car and allowed to work on his own. A trooper’s duties include:
Your assigned location will be for the benefit of the department and you will not be assigned to your home county.
Uniforms and Equipment.
Public Safety supplies all uniforms and equipment.
Assignments and Work Schedules
Following the mandatory three years in Highway Patrol, a trooper may be eligible to request assignment to another division. Assignments are dependent upon departmental staffing needs.
Troopers are scheduled to work a 40-hour week and receive the equivalent of two days off each week on a rotating schedule. Working hours, however, may vary with assignment and emergencies. Overtime hours are compensated by compensatory time off or overtime pay.
Troopers must respond when called to duty at any hour of the day or night and, for this reason, second or part-time jobs are not encouraged and must be authorized by the department.
In addition to a competitive salary, troopers receive daily subsistence pay for each day on duty. (Troopers in training receive subsistence pay upon promotion to trooper.) Troopers are provided with paid health insurance, and they may purchase dependent health insurance coverage. An employee injury program (workers’ compensation) is provided for employees injured while on duty.
Troopers accrue 13 days of sick leave each year. Annual leave accrued varies from 13 to 29 days, depending upon length of service. In addition, each state employee is authorized 21 days of paid military leave to allow participation in reserve military duty.
Troopers may retire at age 52 with 10 years of credited service, or at any age with 25 years of credited service. A generous retirement program features benefits which vary according to length of service.
Candidates will automatically be disqualified if they:
All new troopers in training undergo at least 800 hours of intensive training at the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center in Selma. Trooper training is similar to military basic training in its regimentation, discipline and physical requirements.
Courses include first aid, constitutional law, criminal and traffic law, accident investigation, criminal procedure, pursuit driving, firearms, public speaking, defensive tactics and other courses designed to give troopers a firm foundation on which to build their careers.
Troopers in training engage in rigorous physical conditioning, which includes mandatory physical training and running. Required physical conditioning is increasingly demanding as training progresses.
While assigned to the training center, troopers in training live in the training center dormitory and eat at the dining hall. They are granted weekend leave only after the training schedule is well established.
4:45 a.m …….Wake up
5-6 a.m. ……..Physical training
6-7 a.m. ……..Make bed, clean room for inspection; shower
7-8 a.m. ……..Breakfast
8-9 a.m. ……..Room and personnel inspection
9 a.m.-noon…Academic instruction
noon-1 p.m. ..Lunch
1-4 p.m. ……..Academic instruction
4-5 p.m. ……..Drill and ceremony training
5-6 p.m. ……..Supper
6-7 p.m. ……..Run with staff
7-9 p.m. ……..Mandatory quiet/study period
9-10 p.m. ……Dormitory free time
10 p.m. ………Lights out
(1) Each law enforcement agency shall have the responsibility of seeing that all required forms and necessary information are properly submitted to the Commission in a timely manner.
(2) Each law enforcement agency shall have the responsibility of assuring that each of its employees who are law enforcement officers, receive the training required by the Code of Alabama 1975, Title 36-21-40 through Title 36-21-52 or by the rules of the Commission.
(3) Each law enforcement agency shall cooperate with the Commission and its Executive Secretary in carrying out the provisions and responsibilities of the Code of Alabama 1975, Title 36-21-40 through Title 36-21-52 and the rules and regulations of the Commission.
(4) It shall be the responsibility of each law enforcement agency to submit an application to the Commission on the day the applicant is employed.
(5) It shall be the responsibility of each law enforcement agency to submit a notice of employment, within 10 days of employment, to the Commission on any law enforcement officer previously certified by the Commission.
(6) Each law enforcement agency shall file, within 10 days of the termination of a law enforcement officer, a notice of termination form with the Commission.
(7) It shall be the sole responsibility of each law enforcement agency to hire and/or terminate persons as law enforcement officers and not the responsibility, duty or obligation of the Commission.
(8) It shall be the responsibility of each law enforcement agency to conduct a thorough background investigation on each applicant.
The applicant must successfully complete 480 hours of basic training at an approved academy.
The applicant must satisfactorily complete the law enforcement training course within the time set forth in the statutory requirement of the Code of Alabama, Title 36-21-46.
In order to successfully complete the police training course and be certified by the Commission, the applicant must achieve the following:
An overall score of not less than 70% on written exams,
Pass the first aid exam with a score of not less than 70% (Any retest, if necessary, shall be administered within 72 hours),
Pass the legal issues exam with a score of not less than 70% (Any retest, if necessary, shall be administered within 72 hours),
Pass the physical agility/ability test (Any retest, if necessary, shall be administered within 48 hours to 72 hours),
A score of at least 70% on the firearms course (In the event he/she fails the initial firearms course test, and has successfully completed all other required law enforcement training, the applicant will be allowed one retest of the firearms course at the next available session),
Students shall not be absent more than 5% of the required training hours.
The trainee in addition to complying with the Commission’s rules and regulations shall comply with all rules and regulations promulgated by the approved academy.
The trainee shall comply with all rules and regulations promulgated by the Commission.
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