Police Officer

Northport, AL
Northport Police Department

Salary: $52,500.00 – $78,709.74.

Closing Date: January 31, 2024.

Position Summary:

Under general direction of the Police Chief and within guidelines set by policies, rules, and regulations, this position is responsible for protecting persons and property. The police officer works in accordance with departmental rules and regulations to receive assignments and instructions from police personnel of higher rank. Duty involves an element of danger and is performed in all types of weather.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols designated areas of the City in car, by foot, or other means to preserve law and order, discovers and prevents the commission of crimes, and enforces traffic and other laws and ordinances.
  • Protects real and personal property by providing security checks of residential, business, and public premises.
  • Maintains awareness of and remains alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators, and crimes in progress.
  • Issues warnings and citations.
  • Responds to calls for the protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, general public service calls, and complaints including those involving automobile accidents, traffic hazards, misdemeanor and felony incidents, domestic disturbances, property control, civil complaints, and related incidents.
  • Investigates complaints and takes appropriate action, which may include the use of deadly or nondeadly force; uses sound judgment under adverse, stressful conditions.
  • Conducts investigations at scenes of incidents to which summoned, or incidents observed; determines what, if any, crime has been committed; identifies, collects, preserves, processes, and books evidence; locates and interviews victims and witnesses; identifies and interrogates suspects.
  • Prepares investigative reports and case information; recommends disposition of cases including to discuss recommended disposition of cases with legal authorities.
  • Trains new recruits and lateral police officers; documents trainee progress and prepares evaluations; serves as acting field supervisor as assigned.
  • Testifies in courts and at hearings; prepares and presents case evidence; responds to mandatory court calls during irregular hours.
  • Initiates and completes reports, legal documents, and other required paperwork; prepares a variety of reports including those on activities, operations, arrests made, and unusual incidents observed; prepares investigative reports and case information.
  • Participates in continuous training to enhance law enforcement skills including firearms proficiency, defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills.
  • Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; may respond to requests for assistance from agencies outside the City for mutual aid in the suppression of civil disturbances, apprehension of criminals, or other related requests.
  • Performs other reasonably duties in a safe manner as assigned by immediate supervisor or other supervisors as required.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must never have been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or misdemeanor involving the use of force or violence.
  • Must pass the Civil Service Board’s written examination, The Alabama Peace Officer Standards Training Course, a pre-employment physical and drug screen, and a psychological evaluation. If an applicant is currently APOST certified and currently employed by another law enforcement agency in the State of Alabama, they will be allowed to forego the written examination and APOST Physical Training Requirements. The applicant still must pass all other pre-employment checks. If an applicant is currently POST certified and currently employed by another law enforcement agency outside the State of Alabama, they will be allowed to forego the written examination and physical training course; however, employment is subject to completion of the Refresher/Lateral Entry Course for APOST certification.The applicant still must pass all other pre-employment checks.
  • Possession of a valid, State of Alabama driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle.Requirement exists at the time of hire and as a condition of continued employment.