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Police Officer Applicant Information:

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:

  • Click here for the Civil Service Application.
  • Click here for a Police Officer/Corrections Officer Background packet.

 

Note: Applications must be turned in to the Civil Service Board to be considered for this hiring cycle. 

Civil Service Board Contact:

Heather Stephens, Secretary
hstephens@annistonal.gov
4309 McClellan Boulevard
Anniston, AL  36206
(256) 231-7760

 

Testing Schedule for Police Officer Applicants

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.

Salary Range:

  • $29,682.90 – $45,161.08 annually.  Additionally, all sworn officers receive $150 monthly Public Safety pay and $600 yearly uniform allowance.
  • Starting pay – $35,290.02 annually.  $16.97/hr.

Benefits:

  • Health insurance available through BC/BS of Alabama
  • 14 days vacation per year (increases with longevity)
  • 12 sick days per year
  • 12 holidays per year
  • Retirement package (earn up to 75% of average annual pay after retirement)
  • All uniforms and equipment provided by the city.

Applicants for the position of police officer must:

  • Be at least 19 years of age;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have obtained a GED;
  • Not have been convicted of any felony, or any misdemeanor which precludes you from possessing a firearm;
  • Must be able to meet the new education requirement listed below:

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:

  1.  Pushes a standard patrol vehicle, in neutral, a distance of 15 feet;
  2.  Runs a short distance and climb over a six-foot wall or chain link fence;
  3.  Runs a short distance to an obstacle similar to a small window and crawls through the window;
  4.  Runs a short distance to a balance beam mounted approximately one foot off the ground, balancing on the beam and walk the length of the balance beam (fifteen feet);
  5.  Runs a short distance and drags a 165-pound dummy a distance of 15 feet

There is a 90 second time limit for completing the Physical Agility Test.

The Physical Fitness Test requires the applicant:

  1. Completes Twenty-Two (22) push-ups in 60 seconds
  2. Completes Twenty-Five (25) sit-ups in 60 seconds
  3. Runs 1.5 miles on a flat, level course within 15 minutes, 28 seconds

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.

Anniston Police Department Approved Civil Service Standards

The following factors may automatically disqualify an applicant for employment with the Anniston Police Department;

  • Any illegal marihuana use within the last twelve (12) months
  • Any illegal drug involvement within the last two (2) years not including marihuana
  • Any abuse of legal or illegal prescription drugs within the past two (2) years
  • Involvement in the transport, transfer, sale, cultivation, processing and manufacturing of any illegal drugs
  • Any misdemeanor conviction that involved perjury or a false statement
  • Pled guilty or nolo contender to a felony or to a misdemeanor involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence whether or not adjudication was withheld or sentence suspended
  • Any DUI conviction within the last twelve (12) months
  • Any person convicted of two (2) DUl’s ever
  • Driving history that shows a pattern of bad decisions or aggressive driving
  • Any person who admits to alcohol abuse to the extent that it would adversely affect the ability of the individual to exercise the care, judgment, and discretion to perform the duties required by the Anniston Police Department
  • Any person who has intentionally falsified any part of their application paperwork or background information
  • Any person who admits to theft within the last twelve (12) months, excluding minor office supplies such as pens, pencils, etc.
  • Termination from a Law Enforcement Agency for misconduct of any nature within the past five (5) years 
  • Two (2) or more terminations from any job within the past three (3) years
  • Any person who received a less than general discharge from the Armed Services
  • Any act or acts which would constitute a felony, whether criminally prosecuted or not
  • Any act or acts which would constitute a serious misdemeanor, whether criminally prosecuted or not
  • Any act or conduct which would give rise to substantial doubts about the applicants respect of the law or for the rights of others 
  • Inability to meet moral, educational, professional, and physical requirements as may be required for the position

 

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:

Lieutenant Brett Lloyd    (256) 240-4050 / apd@annistonal.gov
Sergeant Justin Hartley        (256) 240-4073 / training@annistonal.gov

Applications may be obtained from the Anniston Civil Service Board at 1128 Gurnee Avenue, Anniston, Alabama, or downloaded here.