Academic Requirements

RULE 650-X-4-.01 Education requirements
  • The trainee must successfully complete 480 hours of basic training at an approved academy.
  • The trainee must satisfactorily complete the law enforcement training course within the time set forth in the statutory requirements of the Code of Alabama, Title 36-21-46.
  • In order to successfully complete the law enforcement training course and be certified by the Commission, the trainee must achieve the following:
    • An overall score of not less than 70% on written exams.
    • Pass the first aid exam with a score of not less than 70% (Any re-test, if necessary, shall be administered within 72 hours.)
    • Pass the legal issues exam with a score of not less than 70% (Any re-test, if necessary, shall be administered within 72 hours.)
    • Pass the physical agility/ability test (Any re-test, if necessary, shall be administered within 48 to 72 hours.)
    • Pass 43 hours of firearms training and qualify two of three attempts on the firearms course. A minimum score of 70% is required to pass each attempt.
      • If a trainee does not pass ANY of the three (3) qualification attempts then the trainee is deemed to have failed the Academy and is barred from employment and certification as a law enforcement officer for two years.
      • Any trainee who passes one of the three attempts, but fails to pass twice, will be allowed, at the written request of the employee agency, to attend the next available academy to re-take the forty three (43) hours of firearms training and qualification (provided the trainee passes all other phases of the academy session and does not exceed the statutory six (6) month provisional appointment time). If the trainee fails to pass firearms training at this point, the trainee is deemed to have failed the Academy and is barred from employment and certification as a law enforcement officer for two years.
    • Trainee shall not be absent more than 5% of the required training hours.

Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission
520 Hour Basic Training Curriculum

Subject Hours
Introduction To Law Enforcement Total 8 Hours
Opening Remarks and Orientation 2 hours
History of Law Enforcement 1 hour
Law Enforcement Ethics and Professionalism 4 hours
Title 36-21-40 1 hour
General Topics Total 94 Hours
Note taking & Notebook Construction 2 hours
Federal Law Enforcement Agencies 2 hours
State law Enforcement Agencies 2 hours
Introduction to Terrorism 3 hours
Police Communications (Radio) 2 hours
Records and Reports 4 hours
Effective Report Writing 8 hours
Explosives Act #1971/Recognizing Bombs and Explosives 3 hours
Handling the Emotionally Disturbed 4 hours
First Aid Includes C.P.R certification in accordance with American Heart Association or Red Cross Standards 8 hours
Stress 4 hours
Hazardous Materials 2 hours
Weapons of Mass Destruction 2 hours
Domestic Violence 4 hours
Public Utilities Enforcement Agencies 2 hours
Gangs, Sects, Cults and Deviant Movements 6 hours
Victims of Crime and Leniency 2 hours
Interpersonal Communications 4 hours
N.H.T.S.A. Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course 24 hours
Dealing with Death/Death Notifications 1 hour
Project ICE 1 hour
Community/News Media Relations 2 hours
Care and Use of Police Equipment 2 hours
Criminal Investigation Total 73 Hours
Receiving and Handling Complaints 4 hours
Preserving the Crime Scene, Collecting and Preserving Evidence 8 hours
Building Searches 8 hours
ALERRT 16 hours
Death Investigations 4 hours
Fingerprints 3 hours
Burglary Investigations 2 hours
Robbery Investigations 2 hours
Auto Theft 2 hours
Sex Crimes 4 hours
Search and Seizure/4th Amendment law 4 hours
Cyber Crime/Identity Theft 8 hours
Drug Enforcement and Vice Investigations (Drug Enforcement - 4 hours, Methamphetamine Lab - 2 hours, Prostitution - 1 hour, Gambling - 1 hour) 8 hours
Courts, Civil/Criminal Procedures & Laws of Evidence Total 66 Hours
Laws of Arrest, State & Federal Criminal Procedure 8 hours
Searching & Transporting Prisoners 4 hours
Laws of Corrections & Custody 4 hours
Civil Process 2 hours
Interrogations & Confessions (5th & 6th Amendments) 4 hours
Alabama Rules of Evidence 3 hours
Criminal/Civil Liability & Civil Rights 4 hours
U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights & Constitution Principles 2 hours
Alabama Criminal Law, Title 13A 16 hours
State of Alabama Motor Vehicle Laws, Title 32 4 hours
Title 15, Criminal Procedure 2 hours
Title VII: ADA/Sexual Harassment 1 hour
Alabama Immigration Law 4 hours
Court Procedures 8 hours
Juvenile Procedure Total 6 Hours
Juvenile Laws, Detainment & Detention Procedures 3 hours
Exploitation of Children 3 hours
Patrol Techniques Total 16 Hours
Patrol Techniques 12 hours
Officer/Violator Contact 2 hours
Traffic Direction and Control 2 hours
Traffic Operations Total 61 Hours
Introduction to Accident Investigation 2 hours
Questioning Drivers & Witnesses 1 hour
Hit and Run Accidents 1 hour
Accident Reports and Safety Responsibility Laws 4 hours
Measurements & Diagrams (no scale diagramming) 10 hours
Marks on the Roadway 4 hours
Licenses & Registration and CDL 2 hours
Traffic Exam 1 hour
Traffic Exam Review 1 hour
Dräeger BAT Operator Certification 8 hours
Police Defensive Driving 27 hours
Offensive & Defensive Tactics Total 109 Hours
SSGT-Vanguard (Levels I & II) 48 hours
Physical Training 33 hours
Officer Survival 24 hours
Physical Agility Exam 4 hours
Firearms Training Total 47 hours
Firearms Qualification 27 hours
Close Combat/Night Firing 12 hours
Shotgun Familiarization 4 hours
Patrol Rifle Familiarization 4 hours
*Students who are re-taking firearms will attend the 43 hour firearms training and qualification course.
Examinations and Directors Time Total 40 Hours
Administrative Meetings
Grand Total 520 Hours

Subject Hours
A. Opening Remarks, Orientation, Title 36-21-40 2 hours
A. Records and Reports (Includes ACJIC/LETS, UTC, Incident Offence Report, Arrest Report and Supplement) 2 hours
B. Domestic Violence 4 hours
C. Alabama Ethics Laws 1 hour
A. Operation of Emergency Vehicles 8 hours
A. Collecting and Preserving Evidence 4 hours
B. Search, Seizure/4th Amendment Law 2 hours
A. Juvenile Laws, Detainment & Detention Procedures 2 hours
A. Laws of Arrest, State & Federal Criminal Procedures 3 hours
B. Interrogations & Confessions (5th & 6th Amendments) 2 hours
C. Criminal/Civil Liability & Civil Rights 2 hours
D. Alabama Criminal Law, Title 13A 16 hours
E. State of Alabama Motor Vehicle Laws (Title 32, Rules of the Road, Licenses & Registration, CDL, & Implied Consent) 4 hours
F. Alabama Immigration Law 4 hours
G. Title 15, Criminal Procedures 2 hours
A. Patrol Techniques 3 hours
A. Officer Survival 2 hours
B. Physical Agility Exam (Time allotted for two attempts) 1 hour
C. ALERRT 16 hours
A. Firearms Qualifications (Includes shotgun & patrol rifle familiarization) 6 hours
A. Legal Issues Exam 2 hours
B. Testing, Graduation, Administrative Time 5 hours

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Equipment Requirements

  • 3 pair of khaki 511 style pants; brands such as Propper or Tru-Spec are acceptable.
  • One plain black leather belt, 1 ½’’ wide with square, grey buckle.
  • 6 pair black boot socks, 6 pair of white crew socks & 6 pair white underwear and undershirts. No designs.
  • One pair of running shoes. New shoes or boots are not recommended.
  • One pair of black, military style boots with smooth toe suitable for polishing.
  • One pair of black, department issue footwear. I.E. Class A uniform shoes.
  • One pair of plain, black, blue or navy blue “flip flop” style shower shoes.
  • One departmental Class A uniform or suit for non-uniform agency personnel.
  • COLD WEATHER MONTHS - One departmental coat.
  • Complete duty belt equipped with a quality flashlight, handcuffs, baton, handgun & three magazines and four belt keepers.
  • Concealable ballistic vest if utilized by department. No outer or “tactical” vests.
  • Foul weather gear (rain coat).
  • One set of old clothes, pair of gym shorts and tee shirt.
  • COLD WEATHER MONTHS - One plain, navy blue sweat suit and plain black toboggan (No stripes, designs or logos).
  • One can of black Kiwi paste shoe polish, a square horse hair buffing brush and one 12’’x12’’ white rag (cut from an old tee-shirt). NO LIQUID OR “INSTANT” POLISH.
  • 10 black, plastic coat hangers.
  • Iron and ironing board. Spray starch is recommended for uniform preparation.
  • Black permanent marker and 12’’ ruler.
  • Hygiene, Health and Comfort Items:
    1. Soap and shampoo.
    2. Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash.
    3. Deodorant. Heavy cologne, perfume and body sprays will not be allowed.
    4. Razor and shaving cream or electric razor.
    5. Comb / hairbrush if applicable.
    6. Fingernail clippers.
    7. Laundry detergent.
    8. Band aids and moleskin for blisters. Athletic type muscle ointment.
    9. Ibuprofen and cold / sinus relievers. No “P.M.” or other type of sleep aids.
    Energy Drinks, Ripped Fuel or similar energy & workout supplements are prohibited!

Bring the ammunition listed below prior to firearms week, no sooner than week 5.

  1. 1200 rounds of practice handgun ammo & 50 rounds of duty ammo
  2. 25 rounds of 00 buckshot & 25 slugs
  3. 225 rounds of rifle ammo
  • NO Reloaded Ammo
  • NO Remanufactured Ammo
  • Ammo must be purchased from the following reliable sources or meet SAMMI specifications:
    • Federal
    • Winchester
    • Remington
    • Precision Delta
    • Speer
    • Hornady
    • Fiocchi
    • CCI
    • BAE Systems
    • OLIN Corp.
    • Zero
    • American Eagle
    • Georgia Arms
If you have any questions, please contact the Firearms Coordinator @ (334) 263-8950.

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Physical Requirements

APOST Physical Ability/Agility Test
The Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission test begins with the applicant pushing a standard patrol vehicle, in neutral, a distance of 15 feet. The applicant then runs a short distance and climbs either a six-foot wall or a chain link fence. Next, the applicant proceeds to an obstacle similar to a small window and crawls through. The applicant then sprints to a balance beam elevated approximately four inches off the ground. After walking the length of the balance beam the applicant drags a 165-pound dummy 15 feet.

There is a 90-second time limit for completing the entire test. Each applicant has two attempts at each obstacle. Failing both attempts at any obstacle constitutes failure of the entire test.

The APOSTC Physical Ability/Agility Test consists of three events:
  • 1.5-mile timed run
  • One minute push-ups
  • One minute sit-ups

The applicant is given ample time to warm-up prior to these events. The applicant performs as many standard push-ups as he/she can in one minute. Twenty-two push-ups in 60 seconds is required to pass this test.


The applicant performs as many sit-ups as he/she can in one minute. Twenty-five sit-ups in one minute is required to pass this test.

1.5-mile Run

The applicant is required to run exactly 1.5 miles on a flat, level course. A minimum time of 15 minutes and 28 seconds is required to pass this portion of the test.

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