How To Become a Police Officer In Alabama – Tips And Advice

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.

Things That Can Disqualify You From Becoming a Police Officer In Alabama

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.

Police Academy Requirement in AL

 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.

 Once enrolled, here are the requirements APOSTC says you will have to meet in order to graduate:

  1. Complete 480 hours of basic training at the academy and attend 95 percent of all training hours.
  2. Receive an overall score of 70 percent on all written exams.
  3. Pass the physical agility test that includes timed push-ups, timed sit-ups, pushing a patrol car, climbing a fence, running and entering through a window. You’ll also have to complete a balance test, drag a heavy weight and complete a timed 1 1/2 mile run.
  4. Pass 43 hours of firearms training and qualify two of three times on the firearms course with a minimum score of 70

Average Salary & Pay Scale Of a Police Officer In Alabama

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010), the average police officer makes around $39.700 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.

Here’s a complete list of all law enforcement agencies in the state of Alabama:

  • Autauga County Sheriff’s Office
  • Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department
  • Barbour County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bibb County Sheriff’s Office
  • Blount County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bullock County Sheriff’s Office
  • Butler County Sheriff’s Office
  • Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department
  • Chambers County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department
  • Chilton County Sheriff’s Department
  • Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department
  • Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
  • Clay County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office
  • Coffee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Colbert County Sheriff’s Department
  • Conecuh County Sheriff’s Office
  • Coosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Covington County Sheriff’s Office
  • Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cullman County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dale County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dallas County Sheriff’s Office
  • DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office(http://www.dekalbsheriff.org/]]
  • Elmore County Sheriff’s Office
  • Escambia County Sheriff’s Department
  • Etowah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Geneva County Sheriff’s Office
  • Greene County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hale County Sheriff’s Office
  • Henry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Houston County Community Corrections
  • Houston County Sheriff’s Department
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department
  • Lamar County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Department
  • Limestone County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office
  • Macon County Sheriff’s Office
  • Madison County Sheriff’s Department
  • Marengo County Sheriff’s Office
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • Marshall County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mobile County Sheriff’s Department
  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Perry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Pickens County Sheriff’s Office
  • Pike County Sheriff’s Office
  • Randolph County Sheriff’s Office
  • Russell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Saint Clair County Sheriff’s Office
  • Shelby County Sheriff’s Department
  • Sumter County Sheriff’s Office
  • Talladega County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department
  • Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Walker County Sheriff’s Department
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Department
  • Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office
  • Winston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Alabaster Police Department
  • Alexander City Police Department
  • Altoona Police Department
  • Andalusia Police Department
  • Atmore Police Department
  • Bay Minette Police Department
  • Bessemer Police Department
  • Birmingham
    • Birmingham Office of the Inspector General
    • Birmingham Police Department
  • Boaz Police Department
  • Bridgeport Police Department
  • Calera Police Department
  • Cherokee Police Department
  • Columbia Police Department
  • Chatom Police Department
  • Citronelle Police Department
  • Cottonwood Police Department
  • Dadeville Police Department
  • Daphne Police Department
  • Decatur Police Department
  • Demopolis Police Department
  • Dothan Police Department
  • Enterprise Police Department
  • Eufala Police Department
  • Fort Payne Police Department
  • Gardendale Police Department
  • Guntersville
    • Guntersville Fire Marshal’s Office
    • Guntersville Police Department
  • Gurley Police Department
  • Hanceville Police Department
  • Heflin Police Department
  • Homewood Police Department
  • Hoover Police Department
  • Huntsville International Airport Police Department
  • Huntsville Police Department
  • Jacksonville Police Department
  • Kinston Police Department
  • Lanett Police Department
  • Leeds Police Department
  • Lincoln Police Department
  • Millbrook Police Department
  • Mobile Police Department
  • Montgomery Police Department
  • Moody Police Department
  • Mount Vernon Police Department
  • Northport Police Department
  • Pelham Police Department
    • Pelham Fire Marshal
    • Pelham School Resource Officers
  • Pinedale Shores Private Police
  • Saginaw Police Department
  • Alabama A&M University Police Department
  • Auburn University Department of Public Safety
  • Birmingham Southern College Police and Security
  • Calhoun Community College Police Department
  • Gadsden State Community College Security and Safety Office
  • Jacksonville State University Police Department
  • Jefferson State Community College Department of the Police
  • Russell Community College Public Safety Department
  • Samford University Police Department
  • Southern Union Community College Public Safety Department
  • University of Alabama Police Department
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department
  • University of Montevallo Police Department
  • University of North Alabama Police Department
  • University of South Alabama Police Department
  • University of West Alabama Police Department
  • Wallace State Community College Police Department
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville Police Department