Join our Police Force


The Huntsville Police Department takes great pride in its officers and employees.

The selection process for the position of police officer is an extremely detailed, intricate and lengthy process. The length of the process is dependent on the number of applicants involved. The projected duration of the process will be approximately six months from the date of the physical agility/ability test.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be accepted into the Huntsville Police Academy

  • U.S. Citizen
  • 20 years of age to apply, 21 years of age at time of Academy graduation
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Graduate with high school diploma or GED*
  • Pass interview board, drug screening, medical examination and polygraph
  • Previous military must have received an honorable discharge on DD214


*In addition to possession of a valid high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, the ACT WorkKeys Assessment Basic Abilities Test (BAT) is required of all applicants, excepting those applicants who have been previously Alabama Police Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) certified and who are required to complete the Refresher training for reinstatement of their Certification, or, those applicants possessing an earned Associate’s Degree or higher Degree from a College or University accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or its regional equivalent.

Individuals who do not possess a valid ACT WorkKeys Assessment (BAT) may test at any Alabama Community College within the State. A list of Alabama Community Colleges can be found here. Applicants or their agencies may contact the community college nearest their location for scheduling and other related information.

A fee of $45, payable to the community college, is required prior to testing. Should an applicant fail any segment of the three segment test, the applicant is allowed to re-take that segment for an additional fee of $15 per segment.

The ACT WorkKeys Assessment is available nationwide. Subject to the employing agency’s approval, out-of-state applicants may take the ACT WorkKeys Assessment (BAT) in their home state provided proper documentation of a valid test result is submitted to both the employing agency and APOSTC.


  • Physical Agility/Physical Abilities Test
  • Alabama Peace Officers Standards & Training Commission (APOSTC) Physical Abilities Test
  • Written Examination
  • Background Investigation
    The most time-consuming portion of the hiring process. Applicants complete a lengthy Supplemental Information Packet. Internal Affairs conducts a thorough background investigation on each applicant.
  • Screening of Applicant File
    Based on qualifications and the information provided in the background, qualified applicants are scheduled for an interview.
  • Interview Board
    Applicants are scheduled for a structured interview before an Interview Board.
  • Conditional Offer of Employment
    The applicants selected are given a conditional job offer contingent on passing the psychological test, polygraph, medical screening, and drug test.
  • Pre-polygraph interview
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Medical Examination
  • Drug Screening

HPD is an Accredited Academy, offering Veterans the GI Bill/Education Benefit Program

Applicants will be notified by mail of their success or failure of each step, with the exception of the physical agility/ability test.

Submit a Job Interest Card

Huntsville Police Department Supplemental Application

(complete only when instructed by Internal Affairs)


Huntsville Police Academy
6000 Cecil Fain Drive
Huntsville, AL 35810
(256) 746-4409


The Huntsville Police Academy is responsible for teaching new recruits the knowledge and skills to become competent professional police officers.  The Training Division also holds annual training for current employees ensuring continuing professional development.

Huntsville Police Academy
6201 Pueblo Drive NW
Huntsville, AL 35810
(256) 746-4409