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Lateral Transfers

Lateral Transfers

The Decatur Police Department accepts lateral applications year round. The application form is the same, but certified or sworn law enforcement officers must check the box at the top of the application to indicate that they are applying as a lateral hire.

Lateral applicants must be APOSTC certified or certified in another state, but eligible for transfer of their certification based on Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) regulations. APOSTC certifications that are no longer active may require a two-week APOSTC recertification course. Visit the APOSTC website for more information regarding out-of-state certifications as well as APOSTC recertification criteria.

Lateral applicants are evaluated individually. Lateral applicants do not have to complete the physical agility assessment or the written examination.

Lateral applicants can expect to be subjected to a thorough and comprehensive background and work history screening. Interviews will be conducted with selected applicants at a later date as positions become available. Selected applicants who are given a conditional offer of employment would have to successfully complete a polygraph examination, psychological evaluation and a physical screening as a condition of employment.

Lateral applicants may be eligible for hire at the minimum pay rate ($34,060) or up to four steps above the minimum pay rate ($41,366) based on their length of continuous full-time employment as a sworn police officer (pay rates as of July 2017).

Officers may be eligible for their first 5% step raise upon completion of their probationary period, which is typically within the first year. Officers may also be eligible for their second annual step raise upon completion of their first year of service, meaning an applicant could see as much as a 10% pay increase by the end of their first year, not including any additional cost of living raise that might be granted by the Decatur City Council. Conditional step raises continue annually at 5% until an officer tops out at Step 11, or is promoted to another pay grade.

The City of Decatur provides family coverage medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance to employees for approximately $140 a month, which is divided equally into two pay periods monthly.

Uniforms and equipment are provided. Officers receive an annual uniform allowance. Dry cleaning is provided.

The Decatur Police Department currently has a take home car policy, with certain restrictions.

The City of Decatur has a tuition reimbursement program, paying 75% of tuition/books/fees for courses taken at an accredited institution.

For additional information contact the Decatur Police Department at (256) 341-4660 and request to speak to someone in the Office of Professional Standards.