CHAPTER 2 OF THE APOSTC ADMINISTRATIVE CODE IS AMENDED
EFFECTIVE JUNE 20, 2014
The following is a summary of the amendments. For complete information, please read the entire text of Chapter two (2) in the APOSTC Administrative Code.
On May 21, 2014 The Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) officially adopted changes to Chapter 650-X-2 of the APOSTC Administrative Code. The amendment is adopted in order satisfy the mandatory requirements listed in Title 36-21-46, Code of Alabama, 1975 and to comply with ACT Number 2014-245 and ACT number 2014-292 which were adopted during the 2014 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. The amendment also clarifies other requirements relating to the employment and/or appointment of law enforcement.
This amendment defines a “valid High School diploma”. It also clarifies other acceptable documents which satisfy the education requirement including a GED and a college degree. Basically, all High School Diplomas and other documents currently accepted for meeting the Education Requirements are still accepted. The amendment allows for previously unacceptable diplomas to be accepted provided the applicant meets the requirement of an ACT score of 18 or higher.
The amendment establishes a new requirement that all applicants for training and certification as a law enforcement officer take and pass a “Law Enforcement Basic Ability Test” (BAT) approved by the Commission. NOTE: The BAT is currently in development in conjunction with Auburn University at Montgomery and should be ready in the near future. Once the BAT is completed, APOSTC will announce the effective date when applicants must take the BAT before attending the academy for certification.
As noted in the first paragraph, the Rule on Character listed in the Administrative Code is amended to comply with Act Number 2014-292. This amendment relates to the expungement of arrest records for applicants for employment and/or certification as law enforcement officers.
Again, please note, that except for the requirement relating to the BAT, all other requirements are effective June 20, 2014.