The following 10 steps are to help you get started with a career in the Decatur Police Department.
Fill out an application, available from the Personnel Department located at Decatur City Hall, 402 Lee Street N.E. Decatur, Alabama. Applications can be e-mailed, but the original documents must be mailed back to the Personnel Department at City Hall. When the Police Department has openings, the Personnel Department will contact all qualified applicants for further testing. Applications stay on file for one year.
Physical Agility/Ability Test
All applicants shall be required to be present and take this test. Each applicant must produce his/her driver’s license before testing and sign a waiver of liability. Only qualified applicants who pass this test may proceed to Step 3. See details to the right.
Each applicant who passes the agility/ability test will be given a 31-page pre-employment background booklet that shall be completely filled out and turned in to the Personnel Department before proceeding to the next step. Booklets may be turned in on the day of the written exam, but must be completely filled out in order to take the exam.
All applicants who have completed the above requirements shall take a written test that is a multiple choice, timed examination.
All applicants who have completed the above requirements shall participate in an oral interview with the Chief of Police and/or members of his command staff. Each applicant will receive a score after evaluation of the interview.
Evaluation of Scores
The written test score and the oral interview score will be combined by the Personnel Department and the eligibility register will be established, ranking each applicant by score.
Applicants are then selected from the eligibility register and made a conditional offer of employment. Applicants not selected from the eligibility register will remain on an active eligibility register for a period of six months.
Physical Exam & Drug Test
Applicants who have been made a conditional offer of employment shall then be contacted by the Personnel Department and scheduled to take a physical examination and drug test. The physical will be administered by a licensed physician.
Applicants shall then be contacted by the Decatur Police Department and scheduled to take a pre-employment polygraph exam given by a licensed polygraph examiner.
Each applicant shall then be scheduled to take a psychological test administered by a licensed psychologist.
Upon satisfactory completion of the above 10 steps, applicants will be contacted by the Personnel Department and given a date to report for duty. Applicants who fail any one of the 10 steps shall not be considered for employment and will be removed from the eligibility register.