Police Officer

Sheffield, AL
Sheffield Police Department

Salary: $17.98/hr.

Position Summary:

This is general duty police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances.
Police officers perform work in accordance with departmental rules and regulations and receive assignments and instructions from police officers of higher rank. Work normally consists of routine patrol, preliminary investigations, and traffic regulation duties in a designated area on an assigned shift and which may be performed in cruiser cars, on motorcycles, bicycles, or on foot. Work may involve an element of personal danger, and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and exercise indepen-dent judgment in meeting emergencies. Employees may be assigned to work on special assignments which call upon specialized abilities and knowledge usually attained through experience as a uniformed officer. Work methods and results are checked by superior officers through personal inspections, review of reports, and discussions.

Essential Functions:

1. Patrols a designated area of the City on foot, on a motorcycle, or bicycle, or in an automobile to preserve law and order, prevent and discover the commission of crime, direct traffic at school crossings and street intersections, and enforce traffic and parking regulations.
2. Answers calls for complaints involving fire, automobile accidents, and robberies and other misdemeanors and felonies.
3. At the scene of the crime, administers first aid, conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witnesses, and makes arrests, and testifies as witness in court.
4. At the scene of automobile accidents, administers first aid, interviews witness and gathers information, and prepares detailed accident investigation reports.
5. Interviews persons with complaints and inquiries and attempts to make proper disposition or directs them to proper authorities.
6. Gives advice on laws and ordinances and general information to the public.
7. Attends regular training classes in police methods, first aid, target practice, and related subjects.
8. Employees in this class may be assigned to the Detective Division by the Police Chief for the performance of specialized criminal investigative work.
9. Performs related work as required.


  • Possess a valid high school diploma, or, possess a valid General Educational Development (GED) certificate (On-line, correspondence, or mail order GED certificates are not acceptable) And possess a valid certification of having passed the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) for Law Enforcement Officers or Correctional Officers as approved by the Commission.
  • Possess 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.
  • The Basic Abilities Test is required of all applicants except those applicants who are already APOSTC certified and who are required to complete Refesher training for reinstatement of their Certification, or those applicants who meet the requirements set forth in preceding paragraph (2).
  • The applicant shall not engage in conduct the subverts or attempts to subvert the Basic Abilities Test process or violate the standards of the Basic Abilities Test administration.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • The applicant shall meet the minimum standards for law enforcement officers as established by Alabama Law (State of Alabama Act No. 1981, H. 732, 1971 regular session).