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Candidates for Anniston Police and Fire Department positions must submit a completed Anniston Civil Service Application with a copy of a high school diploma or GED, a completed background packet, and valid driver’s license to the Anniston Civil Service Board.
A background packet must be turned in with a Civil Service application:
Note: Applications must be turned in to the Civil Service Board to be considered for this hiring cycle.
Civil Service Board Contact:
To be announced – Physical Agility/Abilities Test (to qualify for written exam) held at the Anniston Aquatic Center, 130 Summerall Gate Road Anniston, AL 36205 at 9 am. Please call Lt. Lloyd at 256-240-4050 if you need further assistance.
To be announced – Written Test (Civil Service Exam for Police Officer) held at the Anniston Police Department. In order to be eligible to take this test, you have to successfully complete the Physical Agility/Abilities Test listed above prior to the date of the written test.
To be announced – Background checks will be begin for applicants.
To be announced – Interview with command staff and Chief of Police.
To be announced – Swear in (first day of employment)
To be announced – Start of police academy.
Applicants for the position of police officer must:
In partnership with the Alabama Community College System, the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) has adopted the ACT WorkKeys Assessment as the official Basic Ability Test (BAT) for all applicants for Law Enforcement Officer employment and certification. This requirement is effective July 1, 2017.
In addition to possession of a valid high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, the BAT is required of all applicants, excepting those applicants who have been previously APOSTC certified and who are required to complete the Refresher training for reinstatement of their Certification, or, those applicants possessing an earned Associate’s Degree or higher Degree from a College or University accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or its regional equivalent.
Individuals who do not possess a valid ACT WorkKeys Assessment (BAT) may test at any Alabama Community College within the State. A list of Alabama Community Colleges can be found here. Applicants or their agencies may contact the community college nearest their location for scheduling and other related information.
The three components of the WorkKeys Assessment and the passing scores for applicants are as follows: (1) Reading (Workplace Documents), pass score 4, (2) Locating Information (Graphic Literacy), pass score 4, and (3) Applied Mathematics, pass score 3.
An ACT WorkKeys Assement practice test can be purchased here.
A fee of $45, payable to the community college, is required prior to testing. Should an applicant fail any segment of the three segment test, the applicant is allowed to re-take that segment for an additional fee of $15 per segment.
More information, and a copy of all of the APOSTC rules can be found by clicking here.
This requirement can be met during the testing process, but we encourage our applicants to satisfy this requirement as soon as they consider police employment.
The first step in becoming an officer is to submit an application and background packet to the Anniston Civil Service Board. Make sure you sign your application and return it to the address listed at the top of the application. The Alabama Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission has an established Physical Agility Test and a Physical Fitness Test that every police applicant must pass in order to complete the police academy and become certified as a police officer. Since you must be able to pass these physical requirements in the first week of the academy or be dismissed, the Anniston Police Department has adopted these requirements in their hiring process and therefore every police applicant must demonstrate the ability to satisfactorily pass these standards. After your application is submitted, you will receive mailed instructions to take the Physical Agility/Physical Fitness test which consists of the following:
The Physical Agility Test requires that within 90 seconds, the applicant:
There is a 90 second time limit for completing the Physical Agility Test.
The Physical Fitness Test requires the applicant:
Applicants who fail the Agility/Fitness Test will have to re-apply for the next Civil Service Exam and begin the process again.
If you pass the Physical Agility/Physical Fitness test you will be eligible to take a written exam. Once an exam is scheduled, you will be mailed a postcard informing you of the date, time and location of the exam. When you arrive for the exam remember to bring a valid state or military issued photo ID. Approximately 14 days after the exam you will be notified by mail of your score. If you pass the exam you will be placed on an eligibility list ranked according to your test score.
After the written exam, the Anniston Civil Service Board will provide us with a list of eligable candidates. An in depth background check to determine your suitability to become a police officer will take place. Upon completion of your background check, a board composed of the Chief of Police and various members of the department will be convened to interview you. If the decision to hire you is made you will be scheduled for a polygraph exam regarding your responses to the questions asked on the application/background packet. You will also be required to undergo a physical exam and a psychological evaluation.
Upon successfully completing these steps a hire date will be scheduled for you and we will coordinate a date for you to begin the police academy.
The following factors may automatically disqualify an applicant for employment with the Anniston Police Department;
If you have any concers about employment disqualifiers, as they may apply to you, please contact one of the individuals listed below.
If you have any questions regarding the hiring process please contact:
Applications may be obtained from the Anniston Civil Service Board at 1128 Gurnee Avenue, Anniston, Alabama, or downloaded here.