THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IN HUNTSVILLE
The following is a brief description of the applicant processing procedure for police officer at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville). You will be given an opportunity to ask questions at the
time you make application and will be fully informed of necessary steps to apply for police officer employment. If at any point you do not wish to continue as an applicant for employment, please notify a member of the University's Human Resources Office.
1. COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM, THE POLICE OFFICER SUPPLEMENTAL FORM, PROVIDE INFORMATION RELEASES, AND BE INFORMED OF THE SELECTION PROCESSES.
At this step you are required to read and otherwise be informed of the selection process for appointment as Police Officer at UAHuntsville, to provide complete information on the application form and police officer supplemental application form and to sign information releases necessary for UAHPD to conduct the required background investigation. Personnel of the Human Resources Office will assist you in the preparation of your application at this point in the process.
2. SUBJECT TO BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION.
The background investigation will be conducted by The UAHuntsville Police Department (UAHPD). The scope of the investigation will include investigation of all legal requirements mandated by State law and other considerations which are indicative of satisfactory police officer job performance. Failure to meet the legal requirements will result in disqualification. Applicants disqualified will be notified in writing.
3. PHYSICAL AGILITY EXAMINATION.
Applicants successfully passing the previous steps will be notified of the results and informed of the date, time, and place for taking the physical agility examination. The exam will be administered by a member(s) of UAHPD or their agents and will be at no cost to the applicant. Please read and be familiar with the statements entitled "Physical Agility Examination" given to you at the time you made application. Failure to pass the examination as described will result in disqualification. Applicants disqualified will be notified in writing.
4. TAKE THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.
You will be notified of the date, time, place, and cost (if any) for taking an examination. The test has a possible score of 100 and will represent 50% of the total composite score. Failure to obtain at least a score of 60 on each section of the examination will result in disqualification. Applicants disqualified will be notified in writing.
5. REVIEW BOARD.
The review board will consist of at least three (3) members of the UAHuntsville community. The members will review all components of pre-employment documentation provided by the applicant and other applicant information obtained prior to the interview. The board will jointly conduct an interview of all applicants who have successfully met the qualification requirements in the selection process. Members of the board will assess applicant qualifications based on job requirements, applicant's documentation, and oral interview. Points will be assigned for: (1) Education; (2) Employment History; (3) Physical Abilities; (4) Mental Abilities; (5) Interest in Police Work; and (6) Composite Skills Related to Police Work. The maximum possible score is 100 points. Scores will be added and the total will be divided by the number of board review members participating. The review board score will account for 50% of the total composite score.
6. POLICE OFFICER CANDIDATE LIST.
All applicants completing the processing steps will be informed of their composite score and ranking. This list will normally serve as the Officer Candidate List for a period of six months; however, the effective period of the candidate list may be adjusted at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
7. CHIEF/DIRECTOR'S INTERVIEW EVALUATION AND SELECTION.
At the time a vacancy occurs, the Chief of Police may interview candidates who rank in the top ten positions on the Police Officer Candidate List. Before the Chief interviews a candidate, the candidate may be required to take the Physical Ability test and meet the minimum standards. The Chief has the discretion to determine who will take the Physical Ability test based on current or prior certification with the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC). When a vacancy occurs, the candidate will be notified of a test location and date. A candidate who meets (or has met if currently or previously certified by APOSTC) the minimum standards of the Physical Ability test is scheduled for an interview with the Chief of Police. In the interview, the Chief will give consideration to the job requirements and the applicant's documentation, including testing and the review board evaluation. An offer of conditional employment will be made to one candidate in the top ten. The candidate must then pass a physical examination and a drug screening. Additional personal information will be required. The conditional nature of the appointment will be fully explained and a Conditional Offer of Employment Agreement signed. During the conditional employment period, candidates will undergo a psychological examination.
UPDATE TO THE POLICE OFFICER CANDIDATE LIST.
The maintenance cycle for revision and update of the candidate list is normally 6 months. The dates of beginning a new recruiting cycle will be announced. You will be informed of the screening process dates. If you previously qualified and were not hired and wish to be considered as a candidate in the next cycle, you will be informed that a new recruitment is in process wherein you may reapply. You will again be given instructions for reapplying and given the opportunity to update all applicant information.
FAILURE TO ACHIEVE MINIMUM STANDARD.
If an applicant fails to achieve the minimum standard of any portion of the selection process, the applicant may reapply for consideration during the next recruitment cycle.
If you have any questions, please contact the staff of the UAHuntsville Human Resources Office in person or at telephone number (256) 824-6545. Thank you for giving UAHuntsville the opportunity to consider your qualifications for employment as a police officer with UAHPD.
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