New guidelines set for in-coming police officers

Updated: Jun. 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM CDT
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission has adopted new guidelines for incoming police officers.

The ACT Workkeys Assessment has been adopted as the Basic Abilities Test for all applicants for Law Enforcement Officers and State Correctional employment and certification.

The new requirements now force all applicants to possess a GED or high school diploma, as well as pass the new Basic Abilities Test.

Those with an Associate's Degree or higher will be exempt from the Basic Abilities Test.

The test consists of three parts, which include reading comprehension, graphic literacy and applied mathematics.

These new guidelines will be used to obtain better qualified individuals who wish to start a career in law enforcement.

"The written exam we give does not have a pass or fail score and that will not change," said Dothan Police Lieutenant Jason Penn. "We will continue to give our written exam, however, it doesn't have a pass/fail score on it. The Basic abilities Test will."

This new requirement will go into effect on July 1.

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