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There are numerous resources on the Internet for employment opportunities in the field of criminal justice. A few links to these resources are provided below. Please be aware that these links will open new pages outside of the JSU domain. Neither the Department of Criminal Justice nor JSU controls or specifically endorses any information found on these sites.

In addition, from time to time the Department of Criminal Justice receives announcements of job openings related to the criminal justice field. These are listed under the Internet related sites. Due to time and space constraints, only basic information about these jobs will be presented. Please contact the hiring agency for further information. Once again, neither the Criminal Justice Department nor JSU specifically endorses any of the agencies listed.

This webpage is provided for informational purposes only.

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Chronicle of Higher Education
(job search engine)


Law Enforcement Jobs

(a general information site with employment links)


In-State Opportunities

Gadsden Police Department

The City of Gadsden is currently accepting applications for a Forensic Crime Scene Technician.  This is a full-time position with benefits.  The salary range is $28,204.80 -- $50,398.40.

Must have a four-year degree in Forensic Science, Chemistry or Biology with at least two years experience in crime scene processing.  Any certificates, memberships or additional schooling related to the job.

Apply in Room 201, Gadsden City Hall between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Deadline for all applications is Thursday, July 21.

Gulf Shores Police Department

The City of Gulf Shores is looking to fill the position of Patrol Officer and the position of Detention Officer.  The Police Department is also developing a roster of qualified candidates for future positions within the Department.  We are located in South Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico.  When fully staffed, our department consists of 47 sworn officers.  We offer various assignments within our agency to include: Patrol, Investigations, K-9, Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, Narcotics, SWAT, Marine Division/Search and Recovery Dive Team, Beach/Bike Patrol and Honor Guard.

Applications are available at

Must be at least 21 years of age and able to pass a physical agility test.  The Physical Agility test consists of: 1.5 mile run to be completed within 15 minutes 28 seconds, 25 sit ups to be completed within one minute, 22 pushups to be completed within one minute and an untimed 300 meter nonstop swim.


State of Alabama - Probation and Parole Officer

Probation and Parole Officer is a permanent, full-time position with the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Positions are located across the state. Work includes conducting pre-parole investigations for a parole board and pre-sentence investigations for courts with probationary power.  Click HERE for a full job description.  Positions are available in Anniston, AL.

Click HERE for an application from the State of Alabama

Hoover Police Department

The Hoover Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Non-POST Certified POLICE OFFICER (Peace Officer Standards and Training).

1. 21 years of age as of February 15, 2016
2. Possession of a valid driver's license and the ability to obtain/maintain a City of Hoover Driver's Permit
3. U.S. Citizen
4. Ability to pass a background check
5. High school diploma or GED and meet at least one (1) of the following conditions:
• Three (3) years or more verifiable honorable active duty in the United States Armed Forces
• Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Public or Business Administration, Social Services, Science, Technology or a closely related field
• Currently employed with the City of Hoover Police Department for at least three (3) years as of February 15, 2016

Three (3) years or more verifiable honorable active duty service in the United States Armed Forces with an awarded Military Police, Combat Arms (Infantry, Armor, Artillery) or Special Forces military occupational specialty.

Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be scheduled to participate in a written examination tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, 2016 or Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Qualified applicants will be sent notification of the examination, stating an assigned date, time and location. In order to be eligible for employment with the Hoover Police Department a candidate must successfully complete the Physical Agilities/Abilities Test. You can view the Physical Abilities/Agilities requirements at the following website: Go to "Forms" on the left side of the page then scroll to bottom of the page to access the Physical Agility Ability Course.

Click on this link to gain more information about this posting and to apply for this position:

CLOSING DATE February 15, 2016 5:00 PM CST. Questions, contact Detective Cooper (205) 739-7176 or

Anniston Police Department

APD is looking for qualified candidates for Police Officer.

You can download the application and background packet from the attached link.

Birmingham Police Department

The Birmingham Police Department (BPD) is encouraging the most highly qualified men and women to apply to join our team, the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Alabama. The BPD is seeking ambitious applicants with a desire to build a worthwhile career in a professional law enforcement organization. Our goal is to have a workforce which reflects the diversity found in the communities we serve. The BPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to reducing crime, treating the public with respect and compassion, and holding ourselves accountable for our performances.

Decatur Police Department

Being a police officer with the Decatur Police Department is challenging and rewarding. Working in a town of approximately 60,000, our officers have two distinct advantages. Officers are able to get to know the people in the communities they serve; the ratio of officers to civilians is about 1 to 454. With approximately 130 officers and more than 10 specialty areas, the Decatur Police Department is a great size to provide officers with excellent opportunities for growth and career advancement.

Our philosophy is to make Decatur a safe place to live and as a result, Decatur’s crime rate is remarkably low. Our officers work hard to develop relationships in the neighborhoods and schools so that we can prevent crimes before they happen. Our officers individually are involved in many ways throughout the community. In addition, the department participates in statewide sponsorship programs for the Special Olympics, including the COPS on Top fund-raising event and Torch Run.

The Decatur PD believes strongly in using technological advancements for better and safer policing. The Chief and his team continually evaluate and implement programs, tools, and training that make our officers more efficient and keep both citizens and officers safer.

Click HERE for Information about the application process

Out-of-State Opportunities


The Bloomington Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of Probationary Police Officer. All applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Late, incomplete or applications with illegible e-mail addresses will not be considered. All notifications related to this hiring process will be conducted via e-mail so applicants must maintain an active e-mail account.

Applications should be submitted to: 
Bloomington Police Department
Attn: Captain Steve. Kellams
220 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN  47401

Physical agility and written testing is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016. Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time and location of the physical agility and written test.  

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the weeks of October 3rd and October 10th. Other requirements of the hiring process include: a thorough background investigation, polygraph examination, an interview with the Board of Public Safety, medical and psychological testing. All testing and approvals must be completed by December 31st, 2016 with anticipated hiring dates in early January, 2017.  

Applications, requirements for consideration, testing procedures, and current salary and benefit information may be found under the “Police Employment” tab at: 

Other inquiries should be directed to:

Updated: 07-18-2016

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