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DEDICATION DUTY • HONOR

Career Opportunities Crime Prevention Officer – organize neighborhood watches and use crime prevention training to build a safer community Crime Scene Investigator – use forensic clues to solve crimes Criminal Investigator – investigate major crimes such as robberies and murders K-9 Officer – patrol the streets to keep drugs out of our community

“The men and women of the Decatur Police Department are our greatest resource. They are committed to the security and well-being of all our citizens. If you are seeking a career with a professional, dedicated, and modern police department, we urge you to join us.” ~ Kenneth D. Collier Chief of Police

Patrol Officer – be on the front lines assisting citizens and crime victims Organized Crime Unit – investigate drug crimes, gather intelligence, work undercover operations, and conduct search warrants School Resource Officer – be a part of a nationally recognized unit making our schools a safer place for learning Special Response Unit – master the skills of highrisk building entries, special weapons and tactics, and hostage negotiation Traffic Enforcement Officer – investigate traffic accidents, including fatalities, and use state-of-the-art lasers to enforce traffic laws that keep drivers safe

Police Department 402 Lee Street SE PO Box 488 Decatur, AL 35602 (256) 341-4600 www.DecaturAlabamaUSA.com

To be a police officer, your heart has to be in the right place. ~ Detective Lela Alexander


Those interested in joining our team should call the City of Decatur’s Personnel Department at (256) 341-4890.

Salary, Benefits, and Personal Rewards

Selection Process

Minimum Requirements

Salary: The Decatur Police Department offers

Because police officers hold vital positions in

• High school diploma or GED equivalent

competitive starting pay, regular raises, and

the community that require the trust of all our

• Valid Alabama driver’s license

opportunities for promotion and advancement.

citizens and visitors, the selection process for becoming a Decatur police officer is lengthy and

Benefits: Police officers enjoy tremendous benefits

comprehensive. The process consists of several

such as medical, dental, and vision insurance;

stages, including a physical agility and abilities

generous vacation and sick leave; a college tuition

test, a written exam, a background investigation,

reimbursement program; and an excellent retirement

an interview, a polygraph examination, a

program.

psychological examination, a medical and physical examination, and a drug screening.

• At least 21 years of age • United States citizen • No felony convictions, indictments, or pending cases in any state

• No misdemeanor conviction or pending case involving domestic violence or moral turpitude

Personal Rewards: The Decatur Police Department is a rewarding, lifelong career choice. You will be a part

Police Academy graduates start out as

of a progressive team of men and women committed to

patrol officers, but will have opportunities for

serving the citizens of Decatur.

advancement.

• Former members of the U.S. armed forces must provide proof of honorable discharge

The mission of the Decatur Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our community by providing an environment in which people can live safely and without fear. The idea of serving, protecting, and helping people has always had a strong pull for me. I cannot imagine doing anything else! ~ Detective George Silvestri

I enjoyed helping people and wanted to give something back to the community. ~ Officer Heather Atchley


Decatur Police Department Recruitment Brochure