The Law Enforcement Academy Tuscaloosa is an Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission certified regional Law Enforcement Academy. We provide exceptional training not only to new officers in our Basic Training Course, but also to current officers through our Continuing Education Program, which features classes not necessarily found at other locations. We serve departments from all around the state of Alabama. Please use this website to learn more about our programs, and find any information you may need.

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Latest News

Sep 8

APOSTC Mandates Active Shooter Training

On August 20, 2014 the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (Commission) voted unanimously to require that all certified law enforcement officers receive a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of Active Shooter Training. The requirement provides that the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) of the law enforcement agency shall determine who in his/her agency are responders to or, are likely to be responders to an Active Shooter situation and are therefore required to complete Active Shooter Training. The Active Shooter training discipline (example the ALERRT program) will be determined by the CLEO. Once the active shooter training has been completed, the law enforcement agency is required to record the training in the ePOST AELECTS system as continuing education, using the description “Active Shooter Training” followed by the name of the program. This training is required to be completed by October 1, 2016.
ALERRT Active Shooter training is a required course of training in both the Basic (520 hour) law Enforcement Academy and in the Lateral/Refresher (95 hour) training programs. Active Shooter Training received in the academy programs satisfies the Commission’s requirement for Active Shooter Training.

Aug 13

Wounded Blue Seeks to Help Wounded Officers

Wounded Blue, Inc. is a non-profit organization that was formed to help wounded Law Enforcement Officers that have been injured in the line of duty with financial, emotional, and job re-training support. They partner with organizations and businesses around the state of Alabama to help accomplish these goals.  Wounded Blue’s stated desire is to, “respond within a timely fashion and begin assistance” for officers who need assistance after an in the line of duty injury.

If you are an officer who has been injured in the line of duty and have needs beyond what workman’s comp or your insurance provides or you know an officer in that position, contact Wounded Blue.  Also, if you know a business that may be in a position to provide a service to help an injured officer, please be an intermediary between that business and Wounded Blue.  Let’s all work to be there when our Brothers and Sisters need us most.

Click to go to the  Wounded Blue website or contact their President, Mrs. Freda Muncey, at woundedblueinc@aol.com

Jul 8

Change in APOSTC Administrative Code



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.

Link to changes in Chapter 2 of the APOSTC Administrative Code

Dec 5

2014 Dräger Training Dates Announced

The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences has announced the dates for Dräger Re-certification and New Dräger Operator classes at the APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy Tuscaloosa.

For registration go to: ADFS Registration Web Page

Re-certification classes will be held in January, February July and October. New Operator classes will be held in February and October. Visit our Training/Continuing Education page for more details.

Nov 13

Session Dates

The following dates have been set for the 2015 Academy Sessions.

Session Dates
Refresher #15 December 8 – December 19, 2014
Session 15-01 January 26 – April 23, 2015
Session 15-02 May 26 – August 20, 2015
Session 14-03 August 31 – November 24, 2015
Refresher #16 December 7 – December 18, 2015

Oct 30

Change in Application Submission Policy

In an effort to properly service all agencies across the state, APOST is requesting a strict adherence to the deadline for academy application submissions.

Academy applications MUST be submitted to APOST, no later than,


This includes the electronic application, paper application and all supporting documents.Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Oct 27

Notice of changes to the A.P.O.S.T.C. law enforcement training curriculum

On June 19, 2013 the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission officially adopted changes to the law enforcement training curriculum.  The Basic Training Curriculum has increased from 480 to 520 hours and the Lateral Entry Equivalency / Law Enforcement Officer Refresher Course has increased from 80 to 95 hours.

These changes will take effect January 1, 2014

Click Here to View the 2014 Curriculum

Oct 9

Required Training Announcement

On November 8, 2011 the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) officially adopted the “Alabama Law Enforcement’s Role In Immigration, Act 2011-535” training program for Alabama Law Enforcement Officers.

In the same action, the Commission voted unanimously that this four (4) hour block of instruction is requiredcontinuing education training for all certified Alabama law enforcement officers who are employed and/or appointed.

This training program is approved for four (4) hours of Continuing Education credit for all Law Enforcement Officers.  It is also approved for four (4) hours of Executive Level Continuing Education credit for Chiefs of Police.  This block of instruction is being included in the basic academy curriculum for recruit officer training.

All agencies are reminded that the Alabama Immigration law, Act 2011-535, is in litigation in State and Federal Court and is subject to future court rulings.  All agencies are reminded to continuously monitor these Court proceedings for Rulings which may affect the status of this law.  Questions concerning the status of these proceedings should be directed to your legal advisors. APOSTC will share with you any information we receive concerning this matter.

Read The Official Notice

Training will take place at the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy on 12-05-2013 from 0800 – 1200. For more information contact the academy at 256-782-5318. Limited slots are available.