Police Officer

Huntsville, AL
Huntsville Police Department

Salary: $56,347.20 – $77,729.60 Annually.

Closing Date: 2/29/2024.

Position Summary:

This is law enforcement work in the protection of life and property through patrol, investigation of a specialized nature, assistance to citizens, arrest and detention, and related activities. Work involves prevention of crime, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, investigations of a specialized nature, crime scene investigations, apprehension of criminals, internal investigations, special assignments, patrolling of assigned areas, enforcement of traffic regulations, accident and crime scene investigations. Work involves an element of personal danger and investigator/officers must be able to act without direct supervision and must be able to exercise independent judgment in meeting complex emergency situations. Work is performed with independence within established policies and procedures, and is reviewed by superiors through observation of the effectiveness of work performed and results through reports, observations, and discussions.


  • High school diploma from a school accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or GED certificate issued by the appropriate state agency.
  • In addition to possession of a valid high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, the Basic Ability Test (BAT) is required of all applicants, except 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.
  • Applicants must also possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License.
  • Minimum of 20 years of age provided applicant turns 21 years of age prior to Police Academy graduation.
  • United States citizenship.
  • No conviction of a felony, or a misdemeanor involving force or violence, force related to domestic violence, or a crime of moral turpitude, perjury, or false statement.
  • If an applicant has been a member of the armed forces of the United States, the discharge must be under honorable conditions.
  • Knowledge of contemporary police practices.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, particularly the laws of arrest and evidence.
  • Knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Police Department.
  • Knowledge of computers and applicable software.
  • Ability to deal firmly and courteously with the public.
  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, and to determine proper courses of action to be taken.
  • Ability to obtain information through interview and interrogation.
  • Ability to give credible testimony in court.
  • Ability to speak and write effectively.
  • Skill in the use and care of firearms and police vehicles.
  • Skill in the use of expandable baton and OC pepper spray.
  • Skill in using a computer and related equipment including basic typing and keyboarding skills.
  • Must meet specific requirements as stipulated by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission and other legal criteria as required.
  • Must meet all requirements set forth in APOST Rule 650-X-4-.02.
  • Must pass Huntsville Police Academy curriculum as specified by the Chief of Police or his designee.