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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

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 currently in the hiring process for the April Police Academy. We currently have 4 openings.

To get an invitation for the Feb 20th physical fitness test, complete an application and background packet by 02/4/16.

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

City of Bloomington, Indiana
Police Department
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, March 16, 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, March 19, 2015. 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 April 11th and April 18th. 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 June 20th so that non-certified officers can attend the Basic Course at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy beginning July 11th. Graduation from the Basic Course is scheduled for Friday, October 21st.  
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: 02-04-2016

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