Do you have what it takes to be a UAPD police officer?  We provide professional, twenty-four hour law enforcement services at the best college campus community in the nation and we are looking for only the best officers to become a member of our team. Please take a few moments to find out more information on this website about the rewards and benefits of becoming a University of Alabama Police Officer.

 Opportunities and Benefits of Working for UAPD

  • Competitive entry-level pay rates of $25.25 to $27.57/hour based on certifications and experience.
  • Work schedule – Five eight-hour days, two days off
  • Uniform, duty weapon, belt, and other equipment furnished
  • Group medical plan
  • Excellent retirement – State Teachers Retirement System (TRS)  – 25-year retirement.  Additional credit is available for law enforcement service for Tier I TRS employees.  Officers who contributed to the Retirement Systems of Alabama (ERS) while employed with another law enforcement agency are eligible to transfer their service for credit towards retirement.
  • Life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Sick leave – 96 hours per year
  • Vacation – 96 hours per year – Increases with years of service
  • Holidays – 15 holidays per year (varies) – additional birthday holiday
  • Alabama Credit Union membership
  • University recreation facilities membership
  • Tuition grant

Who We’re Looking For…

We work hard to maintain the personal safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus so we look for our officers to have a community service mindset while performing all the duties of a police officer such as:


  • Responding to calls for service and emergencies
  • Enforcement of state and local laws including citation or custodial arrest of offenders
  • Writing reports and conducting preliminary investigations
  • Preventive and directed patrol of University property
  • Traffic enforcement and traffic accident investigations
  • Testifying in court on criminal and traffic cases
  • Police services at special events

For more information on job duties, visit this link.


  • Patrol
  • Operations Support
  • Special Resources
    • Criminal Investigation Division
    • Tuscaloosa County Violent Crimes Task Force
    • West Alabama Narcotics Task Force
    • Community Policing
    • Electronic Crimes Task Force

Required Minimum Qualifications for Applicants

  • United States citizen
  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license with an acceptable motor vehicle report
  • Successfully passing the Police Officer Recruitment online examination, interview panel and comprehensive background check as well as the physical agility and physical ability examinations for law enforcement officers. The PT Assessment consists of the following exams:
    • Physical Agility – Includes running the course and completing the following requirements within 90 seconds: push a vehicle on a level surface; climb a six-foot wall; climb through a window-like metal structure; walk a balance beam; drag a 165 lb. dummy.
    • Physical Ability – Includes completing 22 push-ups within one minute, 25 sit-ups within one minute and completing a 1.5 mile run within 15 minutes and 28 seconds.
  • For those that have been in the Armed Forces, an honorable discharge from military service
  • Must be able to perform foot patrol and work outside in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to work day, evening or night shift to include weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to work various overtime events, both voluntary and mandatory, based on the needs of the department and the university community
  • Conditional Hire/Pre-Employment Requirements:
    • Complete a psychological assessment
    • Pass a medical examination and drug screen
  • Post-Hire Requirements:
    • Successful completion of the recruit orientation training
    • Successful completion of the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission’s academy within six months of employment; or a certificate verifying the successful completion of the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission’s academy
      • Click the link to view new BAT (Basic Abilities Test) educational requirements that must be met prior to being enrolled at the APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy.
    • Successful completion of the University of Alabama Police Department’s field training and evaluation program
    • After completion of these phases, the position has a 1040-hour probationary period of solo field assignment duty
  • An individual who has had a conviction of a felony crime is not eligible for employment as a police officer per Rule 650-X-2-.05 of the Alabama Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission administrative code.

Current Job Openings   

*Recruitment applications are now open for APOSTC Certified candidates only, from June 21- July 21, 2022.*

*Police Communications Operator Job Posting for the University of Alabama Police Department:  Apply at:  Starting pay is $25.36

Recruitment Process Update

Police Officer Recruit Examination Applicants will be asked to select their preferred session for testing when submitting their application and will receive a confirmation email no later than 5 days after the job posting closes.  Due to COVID-19 there is limited seating in the testing lab so it is possible some applicants may not be scheduled for their preferred time slot.

Date/Time:  Closed – Dates and times to apply are TBD.

Location:  TBD

Results:  Applicants will be notified of their test scores via email within one week of the test date.

Study Guide: Click this link to access a study guide for the Police Officer Recruit Examination.

Practice Exam:  McCann Associates has practice exams available for purchase via their online store.  Purchase instructions. For questions regarding the practice exams contact the vendor directly at 866.933.0508 or

PT Assessment:  Those with a passing score of 70% or higher on the Police Officer Recruit Examination will be notified of the specific dates and times of the required PT Assessment.

Date/Time:   Times are TBD.    

Location:  APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy, 7601 R Cardinal Airport Rd,  35401Tuscaloosa, AL  

Applicant Review Board: After the PT Assessment, successful applicants will then be scheduled to appear before an applicant review board.  The Chief of Police applicant interviews will be held on a time to be determined.

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