The Application Process

The Mobile Police Department usually operates two Academy Classes per year for new hires.

Who May Apply for Police Officer

  • Certified Applicants – Those who have successfully completed the required minimum standards training necessary for recognition as a sworn law enforcement officer being in good standing with the commission who have been granted a certificate of minimum standards issued by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) (or your state's equivalent) and who have no lapse in service greater than 24 months since his or her last day of employment as a law enforcement officer.
  • Lapsed-Certified Applicants – Those who, at the time of application, have successfully completed the required minimum standards training necessary for recognition as a sworn law enforcement officer but have a lapse in service greater than twenty-four (24) months since his or her last day of employment as a law enforcement officer.
  • Non-Certified Applicants – Those who have passed the Physical Agility/Ability Test at the Mobile Police Academy within the past year and do not possess any of the previously mentioned law enforcement certifications.

Lapsed-Certified Applicants and Non-Certified Applicants must complete the Physical Agility/Ability Test at the Mobile Police Academy (1251 Virginia St) before submitting an application. 

Applicants who pass the Physical Agility/Ability Test will be provided with a Law Enforcement Officer Physical Agility/Ability Verification Form that must be scanned, labeled, and attached to the application of Lapsed-Certified Applicants and Non-Certified Applicants.

Physical Agility/Ability Testing is offered every month at the Mobile Police Academy. Upcoming testing dates are listed on Mobile PD Recruiting Facebook. If you have any questions regarding the application process, send a personal message to the police recruiter on Mobile PD Recruiting Facebook.

Basic Ability Test (BAT) Requirement

The State of Alabama has added a Basic Ability Test as a requirement for police officer applicants.

To Contact the Mobile County Personnel Board:

Mobile County Personnel Board
1809 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36660
(251) 470-7727

Click here to view the complete job description and apply online.

All entrance tests for these civil service positions are open and competitive. Public notice is given at least two weeks in advance of the holding of any test. Such notice specifies:

  • The dates, time, and place of the examination. 
  • The title or class of the position and salary. 
  • The period during which applications will be received. 
  • Age limits, physical qualifications and citizenship requirements, if any. 
  • Minimum qualifications as to experience and education 
  • A general description of the duties. 
  • The weights to be assigned the different elements of the test.