Police Officer Trainee

Recruitment #21-CI8208-02

Nature of Work

The fundamental reason this position exists is to provide protection and security for the citizens of Montgomery. 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. 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. Early Hires:  Early Hires perform clerical and runner duties while also being required to maintain physical fitness prior to entering the Academy.  An Early Hire does not perform any law enforcement duties nor do they engage in learning legal curriculum.  Early Hires automatically transition to Police Officer Trainee status on the first day of their scheduled Police Academy.

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 Physical Fitness standards.  Applicants will be required to complete the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission Physical Ability/Agility Test. 

AGE REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be 20 years and six (6) months 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.

Additional Information

BENEFITS: Employees are offered a competitive benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance, paid annual and sick leave, paid holidays, and a retirement program.

DRUG TEST: Employment is conditional upon the potential employee passing a preemployment drug test. (The drug test may require the submission of a sample of hair, finger nails, and/or urine that will verify illegal drug use).

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline, or any other aspect of personnel administration because of political or religious opinions or affiliations or because of race, national origin, or any other non merit factors is prohibited. Discrimination on the basis of age, sex, or physical disability is prohibited except where specific age, sex, or physical requirements constitute a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration.

REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the applicant with a disability to request accommodation which he/she requires in order to participate in the application or examination process. The Personnel Department reserves the right to require documentation of the need for accommodation under the ADA. In order to request accommodation in the application or testing process, contact the Personnel Director at (334) 625-2675.

I9: Prior to your employment, you will be required to provide to your employer documentation of your identity and employment eligibility in order to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

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