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Getting Started as a Police Officer

How Do I Get Started with a Career as a Police Officer?

The following 10 steps are to help you get started with a career in the Decatur Police Department.

10 Steps

1:

Applications
Fill out an application, available from the Personnel Department located at Decatur City Hall, 402 Lee Street N.E. Decatur, Alabama. Applications can be mailed, but the original documents must be mailed back to the Personnel Department at City Hall. When the Police Department has openings, the Personnel Department will contact all qualified applicants for further testing. Applications stay on file for one year.

2:

Physical Agility/Ability Test
All applicants shall be required to be present and take this test. Each applicant must produce his/her driver’s license before testing and sign a waiver of liability. Only qualified applicants who pass this test may proceed to Step 3. See details to the right »

3:

Background Information
Each applicant who passes the agility/ability test will be given a 31-page pre-employment background booklet that shall be completely filled out and turned in to the Personnel Department before proceeding to the next step. Booklets may be turned in on the day of the written exam, but must be completely filled out in order to take the exam.

4:

Written Test
All applicants who have completed the above requirements shall take a written test that is a multiple choice, timed examination.

5:

Interview
All applicants who have completed the above requirements shall participate in an oral interview with the Chief of Police and/or members of his command staff. Each applicant will receive a score after evaluation of the interview.

6:

Evaluation of Scores
The written test score and the oral interview score will be combined by the Personnel Department and the eligibility register will be established, ranking each applicant by score.

7:

Selection
Applicants are then selected from the eligibility register and made a conditional offer of employment. Applicants not selected from the eligibility register will remain on an active eligibility register for a period of six months.

8:

Physical Exam & Drug Test
Applicants who have been made a conditional offer of employment shall then be contacted by the Personnel Department and scheduled to take a physical examination and drug test. The physical will be administered by a licensed physician.

9:

Polygraph
Applicants shall then be contacted by the Decatur Police Department and scheduled to take a pre-employment polygraph exam given by a licensed polygraph examiner.

10:

Psychological Test
Each applicant shall then be scheduled to take a psychological test administered by a licensed psychologist.

Agility course involves:

  • A timed run of 150 yards including completion of the below listed requirements.
  • Pushing a vehicle on a level surface for 15 feet. (Running for 50 yards)
  • Climb a 6-foot fence. (Running for 50 yards)
  • Climbing through a 2 foot square window frame. (Running for 25 yards)
  • Walking a balance beam for 15 feet. (Running for 25 yards)
  • Dragging a weighted object (165 lbs) a distance of 15 feet.
  • The above 6 requirements must all be completed within 90 seconds or less.
    (Twenty minutes resting period before proceeding to the ability portion).

Ability portion involves:

  • Completing 25 sit-ups in 60 seconds or less.
    (Twenty minutes resting period)
  • Completing 22 push-ups in 60 seconds or less.
    (Twenty minutes resting period)
  • Completing a 1.5-mile run in 15 minutes and 28 seconds or less.
  • Sits-ups and push-up must be performed as required by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.

Upon satisfactory completion of the above 10 steps, applicants will be contacted by the Personnel Department and given a date to report for duty. Applicants who fail any one of the 10 steps shall not be considered for employment and will be removed from the eligibility register.