APOSTC AELECTS Applicants


NOTICE – November 30, 2020 – 2021 Certification Training Curriculum

IMPORTANT NOTICE –  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.



NOTICE – November 30, 2020 – Psychological Evaluation Requirements

 

Click here to view the official letter regarding Psychological Evaluation Requirements beginning January 1, 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.

  1. Physical Examinations. Each applicant shall submit to a complete physical examination conducted by a licensed Medical Doctor (M.D.), a licensed Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), or by a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) or a Physician’s Assistant (P.A.) who is licensed and duly authorized by state statute to conduct said physical examinations. The appointing authority shall designate one of the above-named health care professionals to conduct the physical examination. The health care professional conducting the examination shall certify to the Commission on APOST Form Number 3A that the applicant is physically fit and in good health to participate in the rigorous training conducted at a law enforcement academy and is physically fit to perform the duties of a law enforcement officer.

 

  1. Psychological Evaluations. Each applicant shall submit to a comprehensive psychological evaluation by a Licensed Behavioral Health Professional with experience in conducting Psychological Testing and Evaluations.  The Behavioral Health Professional shall have experience working with the law enforcement community. The report of the examining professional shall state whether the applicant is recommended or not recommended for employment/appointment as a law enforcement officer. The examining professional shall complete and submit to the Commission APOST Form Number 3B.

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 psychological evaluation administered to law enforcement officers must meet the approval of the Commission.

 

  • An applicant who fails to receive a positive assessment of his or her psychological evaluation is not eligible for employment/appointment for a period of one (1) year. The applicant is not exempt from Rule 650-X-2-.01.


APOSTC FORMS – June 11, 2020

Academy Application Forms/Packages have been revised and are effective June 1, 2020. The application package and related forms may be found in the “FORMS” section of the navigation panel. Outdated and/or modified application packages and forms WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



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NOTICE – May 15, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE (Click to View) – May 15, 2020

TO: All Law Enforcement Agencies

From: Chief R. Alan Benefield

Date: May 15, 2020

Subject: EMERGENCY RULE – Basic (12 Hour) Continuing Education Requirements & Previously Certified Officers 

Emergency Rule 650-X-12-.02.01ER for Continuing Education (Click to View)

650-X-12-.02.01ER Continuing Education during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Due to the ongoing state of emergency
resulting from COVID-19, this Emergency Rule shall be effective for a minimum of 120 days unless extended by supplemental
emergency proclamation by the Governor.

(1) The Commission authorizes its Executive Secretary to adjust the regulatory requirements relating to Continuing
Education for Law Enforcement Officers. Specifically, relating to the maximum of six (6) hours currently allowed for
video, computer, multimedia, or satellite-based training, this emergency rule allows for that maximum to be increased to
twelve (12) hours. Agency heads will be allowed to approve this exception, and they will also be allowed to waive the
requirement that a training coordinator be present during the training. The agency head may approve training which does not
include a post-viewing examination, as long as 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.

(2) The Commission further authorizes its Executive Secretary to waive the provisional appointment restrictions
for previously certified officers who have been out of Alabama law enforcement for more than two (2) years and less than four
(4) years until such point the said officer can attend a refresher class. The Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the
employing agency must submit a letter to the Executive Secretary requesting the waiver of provisional restrictions
and confirm that the officer has been qualified to Commission standards with his/her service weapon, that the formerly
certified officer has filed a refresher application with the Commission, and acknowledge that following their appointment,
the officer will be required to attend the first available academy refresher class. Any individual officer who receives
this waiver and fails to attend the refresher class when enrolled will be required to forfeit his/her waiver for
provisional appointment.

(3) The Commission may extend the six-month (180 days) provisional appointment time for these officers to complete
the refresher training class when it is necessary and convenient to the Commission in providing such class. Any
officer who fails to attend the first available academy refresher class for which he/she is enrolled and who has
exceeded his/her six-moth (180 days) provisional appointment time shall be required to attend the complete 520-hour basic
academy course.

Author: R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§36-21-40 et seq.
History: Effective May 15, 2020.



NOTICE – March 18, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE (Click to View) – March 18, 2020

TO: All Law Enforcement Agencies

From: Chief R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary

DATE: March 18, 2020

SUBJECT: EMERGENCY RULE – PROVISIONAL APPOINTMENTS – during the COVID-19 STATE of EMERGENCY

Official APOSTC Letter –  Emergency Rule March 19, 2020 (click to view)

RULE 650-X-2-.01.01ER Training during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Due to the ongoing state of emergency resulting from COVID-19, this Emergency Rule shall be effective for a minimum of 120 days unless extended by a supplemental emergency proclamation by the Governor.

(1) The Commission authorizes its Executive Secretary to suspend the enforcement of the statutory and regulatory requirements relating to provisionally appointed law enforcement officers completing certification training within six months of his or her provisional appointment. Specifically, relating to the six (6) month provisional appointment time for applicants, this emergency rule authorizes the Executive Secretary to waive the six month (180 days) requirement for provisionally appointed law enforcement officers to complete certification training and allow them to remain in their provisional appointment. A provisionally appointed officer, and their employing agency, is required to continue to submit their application for training and certification with the Commission. All other rules and regulations relating to the provisional appointment of law enforcement officers shall remain in effect. Nothing in this emergency rule shall be construed to allow any person to perform the duties and functions of a certified law enforcement officer in the State of Alabama prior to valid certification by the Commission.

(2) During the State of Emergency, the Commission authorizes the Executive Secretary to make emergency modifications to the academy curriculum as is deemed necessary in order to facilitate the training and certification of law enforcement applicants and appointees.

Author: R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§36-21-40 et seq. History: Effective March 18, 2020.



NOTICE – March 19, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Emergency Rule March 19, 2020 (click to view)

TO: All Law Enforcement Agencies

From: Chief R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary

DATE: March 18, 2020

SUBJECT: EMERGENCY RULE – PROVISIONAL APPOINTMENTS – during the COVID-19 STATE of EMERGENCY

RULE 650-X-2-.01.01ER Training during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Due to the ongoing state of emergency resulting from COVID-19, this Emergency Rule shall be effective for a minimum of 120 days unless extended by a supplemental emergency proclamation by the Governor.

(1) The Commission authorizes its Executive Secretary to suspend the enforcement of the statutory and regulatory requirements relating to provisionally appointed law enforcement officers completing certification training within six months of his or her provisional appointment. Specifically, relating to the six (6) month provisional appointment time for applicants, this emergency rule authorizes the Executive Secretary to waive the six month (180 days) requirement for provisionally appointed law enforcement officers to complete certification training and allow them to remain in their provisional appointment. A provisionally appointed officer, and their employing agency, is required to continue to submit their application for training and certification with the Commission. All other rules and regulations relating to the provisional appointment of law enforcement officers shall remain in effect. Nothing in this emergency rule shall be construed to allow any person to perform the duties and functions of a certified law enforcement officer in the State of Alabama prior to valid certification by the Commission.

(2) During the State of Emergency, the Commission authorizes the Executive Secretary to make emergency modifications to the academy curriculum as is deemed necessary in order to facilitate the training and certification of law enforcement applicants and appointees.

Author: R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§36-21-40 et seq. History: Effective March 18, 2020.

Emergency Rule March 19, 2020 (click to view)



IMPORTANT NOTICE: Verify officer information in AELECTS

Notice to the agency AISO – Please conduct an internal audit and verify that your agency roster is up to date, as well as CEU and firearms records.  Ensure employment is accurately listed for all certified officers, remove any officers that are no longer employed with your agency, and submit an APOST  form 7 or form 8 as needed.   If you have any questions, please contact Bill Hamil at 334-242-4408.