Police Officer Trainee

Recruitment #18-CI8208-03

Nature of Work

The fundamental reason this position exists is to provide protection and security for the citizens of Montgomery. Police officers serve as entry-level sworn personnel in one of the Montgomery Police Department (MPD) divisions. Incumbents provide protection through daily patrol, traffic, investigation, and communication efforts. Work also entails responding to emergency incidents, participating in narcotics undercover operations, and securing crime scenes. Incumbents document in writing events and procedures of an important nature and may present that information in a court of law. Police officers are typically supervised by Sergeants and must respond and report through the chain of command. Employees who are not Alabama Peace Officers Standards (APOST) certified are appointed provisionally as Police Officer Trainees.  Upon graduation from the Police Academy, employees are appointed to Police Officer and serve a 12-month probation period before becoming permanent employees.

Minimum Qualifications

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be certified by a licensed physician, designated as satisfactory by the appointing authority, to be in good health and physically fit for the performance of duties.  Applicants must meet the Police Department's weight standards.  Applicants will be required to complete the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission Physical Ability/Agility Test.  The physical test will consist of the following components: 22 push-ups in sixty seconds, 25 sit-ups in sixty seconds, 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes 28 seconds.

AGE REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be 19 years of age and certifiable by the Alabama Peace Officer's Standards and Training (APOST) Commission.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  Graduation from an approved high school, or a G.E.D. certificate is required.  According to the APOST Commission, an applicant must have graduated and received a regular or advanced high school diploma as approved or recognized by the Alabama State Department of Education (see Alabama Administrative Code Rule 290-3-1-02).  Correspondence or mail order high school diplomas or certificates are not acceptable.

Special Requirements

Must have a valid driver's license and the ability to obtain a valid Alabama Driver's License prior to employment.  An employee's assignment may require him/her to work first, second, or third shift.  The employee may also be required to work weekends and holidays.  

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