650-X-12-.02.02ER Continuing Education during the COVID-19 pandemic
Training may be approved that does not include a post-viewing examination, provided the training is of the type that includes participation/accountability protocols and provides for documentation (i.e., email, electronic certificate, etc.) upon completion of training. Documentation shall be retained by the agency.
Author: R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§36-21-40 et seq. History: Effective March 11,2021.
2021 CERTIFICATION TRAINING CURRICULUM:
The Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission has adopted a revised training curriculum for the Basic certification training program. The 2021 basic academy curriculum is now 560 hours and is scheduled to be taught over a 14-week period.
The 2021 curriculum for the Lateral/Refresher program has been expanded from 95 hours to 120 hours and will be taught over a three-week period.
The 2021 academy training schedules have been adjusted to reflect the required curriculum. There is no increase in academy tuition for 2021.
PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS:
The Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (Commission) has amended the Alabama Administrative Code (Peace Officers), RULE 650-X-2-.04 PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS, to require all academy applicants, both basic and lateral/refresher applicants, to submit to a psychological evaluation conducted by a Licensed Behavioral Health Professional. This requirement is effective with all applications submitted to the Commission on or after January 1, 2021. The Commission adopted APOST Form Number 3B, Psychological Evaluation, which is required to be submitted with each application. The complete text of the regulation is attached and can also be found on the APOSTC website.
The Physical Examinations requirement has been amended to comply with current statutes as to who is authorized to conduct physical examinations. APOST Form Number 3, Physical Examination, has been re-numbered to APOST Form Number 3A.
The Forms can be found on the APOSTC web site in the navigation panel.
RULE 650-X-2-.04 PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS.
Should the report of the examining professional provide a recommendation other than “Recommended for employment/appointment as a law enforcement officer,” and the employing agency submits to the Commission an Application for Certification of the individual notwithstanding said recommendation, then the employing agency must provide documented, supplemental information to the Commission to support and validate the fitness of the applicant to be certified as a law enforcement officer.
The Basic Ability Test (BAT) is available for remote administration.
Due to COVID-19, many testing centers operated by the Alabama Community Colleges have been forced to close. As such, it has become difficult, if not impossible, for individuals to sit for the APOSTC Basic Ability Test (BAT). Calhoun Community College (CCC) has established a process to administer the BAT/ACT Work-Keys, remotely.
If your agency has employees or applicants who need to take this examination, this option may be of interest to you. In order to utilize this option, your agency will need a computer with internet connectivity, and your agency will be required to provide a supervisory officer to proctor (witness) the examination. Payment for testing services can be made with a credit card, or CCC can bill your agency on a per test/monthly basis.
For more information regarding this process, please contact the ACT Test Center at Calhoun Community College; below you will find a phone number and email address.
Calhoun Community College – can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 256-306-2522.
TO: All Law Enforcement Agency Heads
FROM: Chief R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary
DATE: June 11, 2020
SUBJECT: Required COVID-19 testing for applicants after enrollment in the law enforcement academy
Effective immediately, in an effort to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 into academy training facilities and minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for academy class members and staff, the following procedures are implemented.
COVID-19 Testing Required: All students enrolled in an academy session are required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to reporting to the academy for the beginning of training. The protocol for this testing/reporting procedure is as follows:
Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission
P.O. Box 300075
RSA Union Building, 100 North Union Street, Suite 600
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
PHONE: (334) 242-4045
OPEN: Mon-Fri: 8 am – 5 pm