How to Become a Police Officer in Alabama

The APOSTC or the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission requires law enforcement officers to go through and pass the academy and be certified police officers of the law.

Before going through the academy, they must be employed full time as a cop, meaning they have to work an average of 40 hours per week and within 6 months of being employed they need to complete the academy training in order to be certified. Failing to do so will nullify their employment and they will have to wait two years before submitting another application.

There are a total of 10 APOSTC Certified police academies in the state of Alabama.


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    All candidates should meet the minimum requirements as mandated by the Alabama POST Commission, these include:
    • Should be at least 19 years of age.
    • Have a high school diploma or GED.
    • Have a valid driver's license.
    • Have American citizenship.
    • Has a good moral character with no felony or misdemeanor convictions, and isn't a registered sex offender.
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    Candidates should undergo a complete medical examination by a licensed doctor or physician and be certified that they are in good physical health and fit for the physical demands of the academy.
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    Candidates will need go through a psychological evaluation at their expense. In the event that they fail this test, a 2nd comprehensive test will be administered immediately by an agency that is commissioned by the commission. In the case a candidate fails both test, he or she must wait a year to become eligible again.
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    Apply and Get a full time job as a peace officer in any of the Alabama law enforcement agency. Full time denotes that an officer should work an average of 40 hours per week. If in any case they cannot work full time, they may request a waiver from the commission to be able to attend the academy.
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    Apply with a APOSTC certified training academy. Currently there are ten academies certified in the state of Alabama, these include:
    • Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center
    • APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy at Tuscaloosa
    • APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy-Baldwin County
    • Birmingham Police Academy
    • Department of Corrections Training Academy
    • Huntsville Police Academy
    • Jefferson County Law Enforcement Academy
    • Mobile Police Academy
    • Montgomery Police Academy
    • Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy
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    Each academy applicant shall complete the application package that is required by the commission and supplied by the Executive Secretary. These include the following documents:
    • A fully completed application form.
    • Certification from a licensed doctor that the candidate is physically able to participate in the academy program.
    • An affidavit that confirms the applicant has met all the law enforcement officer requirements in the state of Alabama.
    • A copy of a candidates high school diploma or GED.
    • Two copies of POST O.R.I. fingerprint cards.
    • A release form.
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    All academy trainees must complete 480 hours of basic academy training.
    • The overall score of all the written exams, first aid exams, legal issues exams should not be less than 70%.
    • Successfully complete and pass the physical agility test.
    • Pass all 43 hours of firearms training. Must qualify in two out of three attempts in the firearms course.


  • To qualify for the waiver, the applicant should have at least a 1 year experience as a certified full time officer and should not have left the service for more than two years.
  • Current and former armed forces service men and women who want to be part of the Alabama police force must be honorably discharged from service to qualify.
  • Out of state candidates may request for a waiver of lateral entry equivalency training. Applicants who meet the requirements will take an 80 hour refresher course.

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