Huntsville Police currently accepting applications for new officers

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The City of Huntsville is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Applications are being accepted from July 1- July 31.

Among other requirements, you must have knowledge of contemporary police practices, applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. You must have a high school diploma and must pass the Huntsville Police Academy curriculum.

Beginning in the week of July 15, the Huntsville Police Department will begin conducting the physical agility/ability and written video examinations. If you plan on applying, you must self schedule and appointment for these tests. Click here to learn more about the tests.

Click here and here to learn more about the job.

Job Description:

This is law enforcement work in the protection of life and property through patrol, investigation of a specialized nature, assistance to citizens, arrest and detention, and related activities. Work involves prevention of crime, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, investigations of a specialized nature, crime scene investigations, apprehension of criminals, internal investigations, special assignments, patrolling of assigned areas, enforcement of traffic regulations, accident and crime scene investigations. Work involves an element of personal danger and investigator/officers must be able to act without direct supervision and must be able to exercise independent judgment in meeting complex emergency situations. Work is performed with independence within established policies and procedures, and is reviewed by superiors through observation of the effectiveness of work performed and results through reports, observations, and discussions.


  • Michael

    LOL, no thanks. There is no way I could sleep at night after I threw someone in a cage away from their family because I caught them committing a non-violent, consensual crime. Wouldn’t sleep for days if I broke into their house dressed in military gear and traumatized anyone that might just happen to be there at the wrong place at the wrong time. I’d be busting down my church’s doors praying at the altar for forgiveness.

  • Wes

    Michael, how about going to a call and saving a life a thousand different ways? How about putting child molesters away? How about arresting elderly abusers? How about giving comfort to someone going through a tragedy? Yes, occasionally they get it wrong, but the reat of the 99.9% they get it right! And besides, you obviously don’t have what it takes to be a hero. Go back to smoking weed and being a leach of society. Just an educated guess based on your comments.

    • Michael

      Wes, or maybe you’re just totally oblivious to how police culture has changed over the decades as they’ve become more militarized. Maybe a few of these quotes will help you out.

      “Good police work has nothing to do with dressing up in black and breaking into houses in the middle of the night. And the mentality changes when they get put on the SWAT team. I remember a guy I was good friends with, it just completely changed him. The us-versus-them mentality takes over. You see that mentality in regular patrol officers too. But it’s much, much worse on the SWAT team. They’re more concerned with the drugs than they are with innocent bystanders. Because when you get into that mentality, there are no innocent people. There’s us and there’s the enemy. Children and dogs are always the easiest casualties.”
      -Betty Taylor, former Winfield, MO Police Chief

      “Officer safety comes first and not infringing on people’s rights comes second.”
      -Fran Healy, Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson

      “My message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we’ll put them on the ground, take the gun away, and then decide whether you have a right to carry it.”
      -Ed Flynn, Milwaukee Police Chief

      “Police unions have really gotten to the point where they protect bad police officers, and they shield management from having to take any responsibility. Everybody involved in the bargaining wins. The citizens end up the losers, in all aspects.”
      -Russ Jones, former narcotics cop for the San Jose Police Department

      “Police today are…given too little training in counseling and dispute resolution, and what little training they do get in the academy is quickly blotted out by what they learn on the street in the first few months on the job. When you’re given an excess of training in the use of force but little in using psychology, body language, and other non-coercive means of resolving a conflict, you’ll naturally gravitate towards force.”
      -Radley Balko, author of Rise of the Warrior Cop

      “Simply put, the police culture in our country has changed. An emphasis on ‘officer safety’ and paramilitary training pervades today’s policing, in contrast to the older culture, which held that cops didn’t shoot until they were about to be shot or stabbed.”
      -Joseph McNamara, former police chief of the San Jose police department

      “In my 10 years in law enforcement on the street, I can’t remember one case where a police officer shot a dog. I don’t understand it at all. I guess somewhere along the line a cop shot a dog under questionable circumstances and got away with it. Word got out, and now it seems like…cops are just looking for reasons to take a shot at a dog. Maybe it just comes down to that. We can get away wit it, therefore we do it.”
      -Russ Jones, former narcotics cop, discussing the normalization of dog shootings in today’s policing

      “I think there are two critical components to policing that cops today have forgotten. Number one, you’ve signed on to a dangerous job. That means that you’ve agreed to a certain amount of risk. You don’t get to start stepping on others’ rights to minimize that risk you agreed to take on. And number two, your first priority is not to protect yourself, it’s to protect those you’ve sworn to protect. But I don’t know how you get police officers today to value those principles again. The ‘us and everybody else’ sentiment is strong today. It’s very, very difficult to change a culture.”
      -Neill Franklin, former Maryland state and Baltimore city cop

      “There’s always a good time to use a Taser.”
      -Detective Andrea Penoyer, Broward County Sheriff’s Office

      “I wasn’t personally involved, but these were my guys. They called me in. I showed up shortly afterward, and I saw this man lying dead in his own living room. He was just watching TV. He had no criminal record. All he knew was that some armed men were breaking into his house. Just overwhelming heartsickness. I mean, this man wasn’t armed, he was not named in the warrant. He spoke out against drug use because he saw what it had done to his kid. And you know, God knows how many other times we scared the bejesus out of innocent people. You hit the wrong house. Or you hit the right house, but there are wives, girlfriends, kids inside completely unaware of what’s going on. They could be completely ignorant of any drug-related criminal activity, but a girlfriend’s home or apartment might have a stash that their male partner has secreted away. And so they’d get raided too. When one of these raids would just scare the hell out of women, children, family pets, it just made me wonder what in the world we were doing, and why…we were doing it.”
      -Norm Stamper, former Field Operations Chief of San Diego Police Department, discussing the wrongful death of Tommie DuBose during a raid which led him to be a vocal critic of police militarization.

      “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”
      -Charles De Montesquieu

  • Wes

    You can tell me all that BS all day long, what I can tell you after being an officer in a large city for 30 years is your 100% wrong! You have no idea what your talking about, nor will you ever unless you have been there. You make me sick when you put down men and women that risk their lives everyday so that you can sit back and Monday morning quarterback! It’s ignorance at it’s highest level to hear you talk about SWAT members like you do. I could go on and on (like you did), but I’m sure it will go right over your liberal self serving head.

    • Michael

      Did you even bother to read who was saying these quotes? Most ARE or WERE in the police force. Oh, I’m a liberal now because I’m arguing that the government has become too powerful and needs to take a step back? Do you even know what you’re saying when you type these groundless comments?

      Yeah, I’ve seen recordings of these SWAT incidents. They were created for crisis moments like hostage situations, armed robberies, shooters on the loose, etc. Now the overwhelming majority of them are used for non violent situations, usually drug raids. Over half of these SWAT deployments result in a no-knock raid for people suspected of a non violent offense. You don’t see how that’s a problem? Approximately 7% of SWAT deployments are used for hostage, barricade, or active shooter scenarios. These are facts. Either come at me with some real arguments or stay back on the ground licking those police boots.

  • Michael

    Thank you WHNT for restoring my comments. It’s sad when people can’t intelligently argue their point, so they take the coward’s road and have the other side deleted.

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