All full-time employees of the City of Pelham are governed by a civil service system that was created through an act of the state legislature in 1989. Having a civil service law enacted by state legislative act serves to insure that employees receive fair and impartial treatment and are not subjected to undue political pressure.
SWORN POLICE OFFICERS
Pelham Civil Service rules establish two separate employment lists for the position of Police Officer. The current needs of the department will dictate which list is used at any particular point in time. The two categories of lists of eligible candidates for the position of Police Officer are as follows:
P.O.S.T. Certified Candidates List
This list is comprised of individuals who possess a current law enforcement certification from the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC). Upon presentation of a completed departmental application, applicants in this category are placed on the Civil Service eligibles list and are ranked according to their final composite grade in an approved APOSTC basic police academy. Individuals in this category may obtain an application packet from the Police Records Office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Once completed, this application packet should be returned to the Police Records Office.
Untrained Candidates List
This list contains the names of applicants, ranked by score, who have achieved a passing score on the Police Officer Entrance Examination. Applicants in this category are not currently certified as law enforcement officers by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. Individuals in this category, who are interested in applying for employment, may complete a Pre-Application Notice Form, which is available from the Records Office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. The completed Pre-Application Notice Form must be returned to the Police Records Office. Once a need is established for a new untrained eligible candidates list, those individuals who have Pre-Application Notice Forms on file will be notified of the procedures for application and testing.
CIVILIAN POLICE EMPLOYEES
The Pelham Police Department employs a number of civilian personnel in several different job classifications, such as Police Dispatcher, Administrative Assistant, and Records Clerk. Individuals interested in applying for a Dispatch position may obtain an employment application form from the Records Office. Individuals interested in other civilian employment with the Police Department must apply through the City of Pelham Human Resources Department.
All candidates for employment with the Pelham Police Department will be required to submit to an in-depth background investigation, a criminal and drivers history check, a polygraph examination, a drug screen, psychological testing, medical examination, written skills and composition screening and a battery of personal interviews.
All newly hired police officers must successfully complete the departmentís ten-week Field Training Program under the supervision of one of our Field Training Officers.
All new city employees must successfully complete a one-year probationary period prior to permanent appointment.