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Employment Opportunities for Correctional Officers

Mission Statement

Dedicated professionals providing public safety through the safe and secure confinement, rehabilitation, and successful re-entry of offenders into society.

Correctional Facility Location Date Start Time
Ventress Hwy 239 N
Clayton, AL 36016
August 5, 2022 7 a.m.
Limestone 28779 Nick Davis Rd
Harvest, AL 35749
August 26, 2022 7 a.m.
Bibb 565 Bibb Lane
Brent, AL 35034
September 2, 2022 7 a.m.
Donaldson 100 Warrior Lane
Bessemer, AL 35023
September 23, 2022 7 a.m.
Staton 2690 Marion Spillway Rd
Elmore, AL 36025
October 21, 2022 7 a.m.
Ventress Hwy 239 N
Clayton, AL 36016
October 28, 2022 7 a.m.
Fountain 9677 Hwy 21 N
Atmore, AL 36503
November 4, 2022 7 a.m.
Bibb 565 Bibb Lane
Brent, AL 35034
November 18, 2022 7 a.m.
Donaldson 100 Warrior Lane
Bessemer, AL 35023
December 9, 2022 7 a.m.

What to Expect at a Hiring Event:

Your path to a secure and rewarding career with the ADOC begins at one of the Department’s COT On-Sites or BCO Open Houses, which is why we want you to be fully prepared. You can expect the following activities at the hiring event:

COT (Correctional Officer Trainee) BCO (Basic Correctional Officer)
Drug Screening
Law Enforcement Services Division Interview
Personnel Document Review
ADOC Physical Fitness Assessment
Fingerprinting
Medical Examination

Physical Fitness Assessment

The ADOC Physical Fitness Assessment is a mandatory requirement for the position of Correctional Officer Trainee. Every applicant must pass specific physical fitness requirements in order to be certified as a Correctional Officer Trainee – there are no exceptions for age or gender.

Modified Agility Test:

Event 1 – Sled Push: This event requires pushing a training sled loaded with one hundred sixty-five (165) pounds, fifteen (15) feet across a level concrete surface.

Event 2 – Hurdle Over/Under: The applicant is required to run a distance of fifty (50) yards then step over a twenty seven (27) inch hurdle, followed by moving under a forty two (42) inch hurdle, then the applicant will step over a twenty seven (27) inch hurdle, followed by moving under a forty-two (42) inch hurdle for a total of two overs and two unders. The hurdles will be spaced four (4) feet apart.

Event 3 – Balance Beam: The applicant is required to run a distance of seventy two (72) yards then surmounting a six (6) inch by six (6) inch beam suspended one (1) foot in the air and walking a distance of fifteen (15) feet. At the end of the beam, the applicant is required to dismount the one (1) foot distance to the ground.

Event 4 – Dummy Drag: The applicant is required to run twenty-five (25) yards and then lift, pull, or drag a dead weight object (dummy) approximately one hundred sixty-five (165) pounds for fifteen (15) feet.

Sprint & Hold Test:

  • Applicant will sprint three hundred (300) meters, and immediately following:
  • Applicant will lift and hold approximately one hundred sixty-five (165) pound dummy for ten (10) seconds

Step Up Test:

This event requires completing as many step up/downs on a twelve (12) inch step in 60 seconds.
Applicant will do as many reps as possible in sixty (60) seconds

What is a step-up?

  • The applicant will start with both feet on the ground
  • Step up with one foot followed by the other
  • Once both feet are on the step applicant will step back down to the ground
  • This constitutes one (1) rep

Push-Up Test:

Push-Ups - Each applicant must complete as many reps as possible in sixty (60) seconds.

What is a Push-Up?

  • The feet may be together or up to 12 inches apart.
  • Your body should be essentially straight when its viewed from the side (from the shoulders to the ankles).
  • You must touch the fist of the instructor as you lower your body.

Sit-Up Test:

Sit-Ups - Each applicant must complete as many reps as possible in sixty (60) seconds

What is a Sit-Up?

  • Lay flat on your back with knees bent at 45 degrees.
  • A partner should stabilize your feet by holding your ankles.
  • Your fingers must be interlocked behind your neck.
  • You must touch your elbows to your thighs/knees.

ADOC-Required Documentation

The following documentation is required. If you are unable to bring the documentation to the on-site, the missing documentation can be submitted by mail, fax or email.

Application
COT (Correctional Officer Trainee) BCO (Basic Correctional Officer)
Completed Application
Identification
You are required to bring a valid state issued ID to the onsite. If you changed your name as a result of marriage or divorce, bring your marriage certificate or divorce decree.
COT (Correctional Officer Trainee) BCO (Basic Correctional Officer)
Valid Driver's License
Copy of Your Social Security Card
Certified State Issued Birth Certificate issued by Vital Statistics Office (Copies and scans will not be accepted.)
Education
A copy of BAT/ACT Workkeys is needed if you do not have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The cost is $45 and can be completed after you pass the on-site.
COT (Correctional Officer Trainee) BCO (Basic Correctional Officer)
Copy of high school diploma OR GED Certificate
Copy of BAT/ACT Workkeys
Certified copy of college degree/transcript
Court Dispositions
If applicable, bring the following.
COT (Correctional Officer Trainee) BCO (Basic Correctional Officer)
Court certified dispositions with case action summaries for any criminal arrests or convictions showing that all fines have been paid. Under certain circumstances, a psychological evaluation may be required.
Court certified disposition and receipts for any traffic citations/tickets within the last three years showing all fines have been paid in full.
Out-of-state driver’s license & copy of your driving history from the issuing state’s Public Safety Department
Military History
If applicable, bring the following.
COT (Correctional Officer Trainee) BCO (Basic Correctional Officer)
A copy of DD214 Member 4 stating type of discharge

Frequently Asked Questions

Candidate Profile Questions & Answers

Yes. Candidates must be at least 19 years old to apply for a correctional officer position at the ADOC.

Candidates are required to have earned a GED certificate, high school diploma or college degree to apply.

Please see the “WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE ON-SITE HIRING EVENT?” and the “ADOC REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION” sections for this information.

Preparation Questions & Answers

Applicants interested in becoming a Correctional Officer Trainee should report no later than 7:00 A.M. Applicants interested in the Basic Correctional Officer position or other positions offered by ADOC should plan to arrive between the hours of 9 A.M. through 2 P.M.

On-sites are held on predetermined dates throughout the year. Candidates should consult the schedule in their welcome packet for the year’s on-site dates.

On-sites are held at various correctional facilities throughout the state. Candidates should consult the schedule in their welcome packet for the year’s on-site locations.

Because on-sites require physical activity for the Correctional Officer Trainee position, we recommend candidates wear athletic clothing and athletic shoes. All shorts and pants must be knee length. Do not wear white, khaki, or tan colored shirts or pants (inmate uniform colors) and attire should be appropriate for the activities of the day as well as the environment (a Correctional Facility).

Please see the “ADOC REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION” section for this information.

Please see the “ADOC REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION” section for this information.

While a valid driver’s license or government-issued identification is required to participate in the on-site, you may mail, fax or email the remaining documentation requirements.

Candidates are not required to confirm their on-site attendance ahead of time.

Yes, candidates may contact an ADOC recruiter to ask questions and ensure they are prepared for the on-site. Please see the “ADOC CONTACT INFORMATION” section for this information.

Please see the “ADOC CONTACT INFORMATION” section for this information.

Day-Of On-Site Questions & Answers

No. While BCOs may be asked to meet specific physical requirements at the ADOC Academy, there are no initial physical requirements for BCOs at on-sites.

Yes. Candidates who wish to apply to be a COT but do not pass the physical fitness assessment may attend an on-site at a later date. Alternately, these candidates may apply to be a BCO.

Candidates who do not wish to participate in or do not pass the physical fitness assessment may apply to be a BCO or CCO.

Employment Questions & Answers

While Correctional Officer Trainees (COTs) and Basic Correctional Officers (BCOs) perform many of the same job requirements and are equally equipped, the COT carries additional job requirements. Both COTs and BCOs attend the ADOC Academy; however, while COTs are APOSTC-certified, BCOs are ADOC-certified.

Yes, Corrections Academy trainees are compensated. For more information, please contact your ADOC recruiter.

All previously employed officers need to contact ADOC Personnel at 334-353-9510.

No, all applicants are asked their facility preference.

ADOC Contact Information

For potential applicants with questions about the on-sites, available positions or the hiring process, please contact:

Napoleon Goodson
Recruiting Division
Napoleon.Goodson@doc.alabama.gov
(205) 288-1034
Lt. Timothy Ensor
Central Region Recruiting Division
timothy.ensor@doc.alabama.gov
(334) 850-0771
Lt. Darryl Finch
Recruiting Division
darryl.finch@doc.alabama.gov
(334) 850-4274
Lt. Joey Craig
Southern Region Recruiting Division
joey.craig@doc.alabama.gov
334-850-0893

For current applicants with questions about required documentation, Academy Dates or their hiring status, please contact:

Stephanie Henderson
ADOC Personnel
stephanie.henderson@doc.alabama.gov
(334) 353-9554
Kimberly Weary
ADOC Personnel
kimberly.weary@doc.alabama.gov
334-353-9562

ADOC Glossary

ADOC (Alabama Department of Corrections)
The Alabama Department of Corrections employs over 3,400 employees with an inmate population approaching 26,000+ prisoners. In the years to come, the Department will continue to grow and offer many long-term opportunities to its employees.
ADOC Academy
ADOC Academy is a training course that requires participants to pass academic and physical training requirements. Both BCOs and COTs will attend ADOC Academy after passing their on-site evaluations. BCOs will attend for 6 weeks, while COTs will attend for 12 weeks.
BCO (Basic Correctional Officer)
A Basic Correctional Officer (BCO) is responsible for ensuring correctional facility safety and providing rehabilitative services to inmates in a secure environment. A BCO is required to attend ADOC Academy for six weeks and receive ADOC certification. The BCO position will be organized under the State Personnel Department’s Correctional Security Guard classification.
COT (Correctional Officer Trainee)
A Correctional Officer Trainee (COT) is responsible for ensuring correctional facility safety and providing rehabilitative services to inmates in a secure environment. A COT will also be responsible for transferring inmates and manning the patrol tower and perimeter truck. A COT is required to attend ADOC Academy for 10 weeks and to receive APOSTC certification.
APOSTC (Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards & Training Commission)
The Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) is responsible for establishing qualifying standards for law enforcement officers and certifying all law enforcement officers. Since BCOs are not ASPOTC-certified, the training program is not regulated by APOSTC.