APOSTC Certified Police Officer

The patrolman is charged with the prevention of crime throughout the jurisdiction by providing a city-wide patrol presence operating throughout the shift. He/She is charged with the preliminary investigation of crimes and other incidents reported to the police and the preparation of records which provide a permanent record of the incident and action taken. Work involves situations where physical violence is possible.

Starting pay is determined by years of experience, with incentives for night shift (5%), prior military (5%), and education (Associates 5%) (Bachelor’s 10%). 


Patrols a designated area of the city on foot, on a motorcycle, or in an automobile to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, to direct traffic at school crossings and street intersections and to enforce traffic and parking regulations.

Answers calls for complaints involving fire, automobile accidents, and robberies and other misdemeanors and felonies.

At the scene of a crime, administers first-aid, conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witnesses and makes arrests; testifies as witness in court.

At the scene of automobile accidents, administers first-aid, interviews witnesses and gathers information and prepares detailed accident investigation reports.

Interviews persons with complaints and inquiries and attempts to make proper disposition or directs them to proper authorities.

Gives advice on laws and ordinances and general information to the public.

Performs related work as required.


Current APOSTC Certification is required.

Any combination of training and experience equivalent to graduation from a standard high school.

Must have a successful employment history, with no history of arrests or convictions.


Current APOSTC Certification is required.

Some knowledge of police methods, practices and procedure and ability to apply this knowledge of specific situations.

Some knowledge of the geography of the city, and the location of important buildings, or ability to acquire this knowledge rapidly.

Ability to remember names, faces, and details of incidents.

Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Ability to develop skill in the use of firearms.

Ability to deal courteously but firmly with the general public.

Ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances.

Ability to obtain a motor vehicle operator’s license.

Ability to prepare clear and comprehensive reports.

Ability to complete departmental physical agility test.


Must have ability to work in extreme weather conditions and be able to walk on even, rocky, and/or muddy soil.

Some bending, lifting, and carrying is required.

Must have physical capability to learn and apply techniques to subdue persons who attempt to avoid apprehension.

Must pass departmental physical fitness test.


Current APOST Certification required.

Individual must pass a background check at the time of employment in this position. Work involves the possibility of encountering violent situations.

Must be able to comply with the Minimum Standards Act.

Willing to work alternating shifts, including weekends, as required.

Maintain a valid Alabama driver’s license to drive CC vehicle.

Position subject to random drug testing.

Minimum age twenty-one (21).

Must complete all mandatory departmental training.


Starting pay is determined by years of experience, with incentives for night shift (5%), prior military (5%), and education (Associates 5%) (Bachelor’s 10%).

Medical and Dental Insurance for Employees (City pays full cost of employee’s coverage, and a portion of dependent coverage)

AirMedCare Network (free membership for all full-time employees)

Cullman Wellness & Aquatic Center (free membership for all full-time employees)

RSA (Retirement Systems of Alabama) Retirement Benefits

Paid Life Insurance Coverage (City pays entire cost.)

Education Incentives

  • 5% of Salary Education Benefit for Associates Degree for Classified Employees (even for unrelated field)
  • 5% of Salary Education Benefit for Employees with an Honorable Discharge from the Military
  • 10% of Salary Education Benefit for Bachelors Degree or Higher for Classified Employees (even for unrelated field)

Earned Vacation Leave (Employees may carry over vacation to the following year up to a maximum of 240 hours):

  • 1-5 Years of Continuous Service: Earn 6.66 hours per month
  • 5-10 Years of Continuous Service: Earn 8.66 hours per month
  • 10-15 Years of Continuous Service: Earn 12 hours per month
  • 15+ Years of Continuous Service: Earn 13.33 hours per month

Earned Sick Leave: 4 hours per pay period, up to 960 hours. (Employees on 24 hour shifts: 6 hours per pay period up to 1272 hours.)

Vacation/Sick Leave Donation Bank

Paid Time Off for Jury Duty

Paid Holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Workers Compensation Insurance

Unemployment Insurance

Uniforms and Uniform Maintenance for Employees Required to Wear Uniforms

Direct Deposit of Earnings

Payroll Deductions for Employee’s Convenience:

  • RSA2
  • FOP Dues
  • Alabama Peace Officers Annuity
  • Firefighter Association Dues for Fire Rescue
  • Supplemental Insurance Policies

FICA Benefits

Employment Type

STARTING PAY RANGE: $18.00-$27.27

Starting pay is determined by years of experience, with incentives for night shift (5%), prior military (5%), and education (Associates 5%) (Bachelor’s 10%).

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Position: APOSTC Certified Police Officer

Thank you for submitting your application. Your application will be placed into a file for consideration for the job for which you applied.

Your application will remain on file for a period of twelve (12) months. If you are not chosen for this position and are still interested in being considered for employment at the end of that twelve month period, please submit an updated application at that time.

If you have questions concerning your application, please contact the Human Resources Department during regular office hours.

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