** EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018 **
On June 28, 2017, the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) revised the certification and re-certification requirements to require successful completion of the Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Operation Training course. This requirement applies to both the Basic (520 hour) Law Enforcement Academy and in the Lateral Entry / Refresher Course (95 hour) training programs. Successful completion of training includes passage of the cumulative driver skills course on one of three qualification attempts. Any trainee who fails to pass the cumulative driver skills course on one of the three attempts, will be allowed, at the written request of the employing Agency, to attend the next available academy to re-take the twenty-seven (27) hours of Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Operations Training (provided the trainee passes all other phases of the original academy session and does not exceed the statutory six (6) month provisional appointment time). If the trainee fails to pass driver training at this point, the trainee is deemed to have failed the Academy and is barred from employment and certification as a law enforcement officer for two (2) years.
On November 15, 2017, the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) officially adopted changes to the law enforcement training curriculum. The Basic (520 hour) Law Enforcement Academy Training Curriculum has been revised to expand the Mental Health Awareness block of instruction from four (4) hours to eight (8) hours, to decrease the Alabama Immigration Law block of instruction to one (1) hour, and to decrease the Cybercrime Identity Theft block of instruction to seven (7) hours. In addition, the Lateral Entry / Refresher Course (95 hour) has been revised to include a four-hour block of instruction on Mental Health Awareness, to decrease the Alabama Immigration Law block of instruction to one (1) hour, and to decrease the Director’s Time to six (6) hours.