Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission

520 Hour Basic Training Curriculum

Subject

Hours

 

 

 

Introduction To Law Enforcement

Total 8 Hours

 

Opening Remarks and Orientation

2 hours

 

History of Law Enforcement

1 hour

 

Law Enforcement Ethics and Professionalism

4 hours

 

Title 36-21-40

1 hour

 

 

 

General Topics

Total 94 Hours

 

Note-taking & Notebook Construction

2 hours

 

Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

2 hours

 

State law Enforcement Agencies

2 hours

 

Introduction to Terrorism

3 hours

 

Police Communications (Radio)

2 hours

 

Records and Reports

4 hours

 

Effective Report Writing

8 hours

 

Explosives Act #1971/Recognizing Bombs and Explosives

3 hours

 

Handling the Emotionally Disturbed

4 hours

 

First Aid (Includes C.P.R certification in accordance with American Heart Association or Red Cross Standards)

8 hours

 

Stress

4 hours

 

Hazardous Materials

2 hours

 

Weapons of Mass Destruction

2 hours

 

Domestic Violence

4 hours

 

Public Utilities Enforcement Agencies

2 hours

 

Gangs, Sects, Cults and Deviant Movements

6 hours

 

Victims of Crime and Leniency

2 hours

 

Interpersonal Communications

4 hours

 

N.H.T.S.A. Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course

24 hours

 

Dealing with Death/Death Notifications

1 hour

 

Project ICE

1 hour

 

Community/News Media Relations

2 hours

 

Care and Use of Police Equipment

2 hours

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Criminal Investigation

Total 73 Hours

 

Receiving and Handling Complaints

4 hours

 

Preserving the Crime Scene, Collecting and Preserving Evidence

8 hours

 

Building Searches

8 hours

 

ALERRT

16 hours

 

Death Investigations

4 hours

 

Fingerprints

3 hours

 

Burglary Investigations

2 hours

 

Robbery Investigations

2 hours

 

Auto Theft

2 hours

 

Sex Crimes

4 hours

 

Search and Seizure/4th Amendment law

4 hours

 

Cyber Crime/Identity Theft

8 hours

 

Drug Enforcement and Vice Investigations

8 hours

 

(Drug Enforcement - 4 hours, Methamphetamine Lab - 2 hours, Prostitution - 1 hour, Gambling - 1 hour)

 

 

 

 

Courts, Civil/Criminal Procedures & Laws of Evidence

Total 66 Hours

 

Laws of Arrest, State & Federal Criminal Procedure

8 hours

 

Searching & Transporting Prisoners

4 hours

 

Laws of Corrections & Custody

4 hours

 

Civil Process

2 hours

 

Interrogations & Confessions (5th & 6th Amendments)

4 hours

 

Alabama Rules of Evidence

3 hours

 

Criminal/Civil Liability & Civil Rights

4 hours

 

U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights & Constitution Principles

2 hours

 

Alabama Criminal Law, Title 13A

16 hours

 

State of Alabama Motor Vehicle Laws, Title 32,

4 hours

 

Title 15, Criminal Procedure

2 hours

 

Title VII: ADA/Sexual Harassment

1 hour

 

Alabama Immigration Law

4 hours

 

Court Procedures

8 hours

 

 

 

Juvenile Procedure

Total 6 Hours

 

Juvenile Laws, Detainment & Detention Procedures

3 hours

 

Exploitation of Children

3 hours

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Patrol Techniques

Total 16 Hours

 

Patrol Techniques

12 hours

 

Officer/Violator Contact

2 hours

 

Traffic Direction and Control

2 hours

 

 

 

Traffic Operations

Total 61 Hours

 

Introduction to Accident Investigation

2 hours

 

Questioning Drivers & Witnesses

1 hour

 

Hit and Run Accidents

1 hour

 

Accident Reports and Safety Responsibility Laws

4 hours

 

Measurements & Diagrams (no scale diagramming)

10 hours

 

Marks on the Roadway

4 hours

 

Licenses & Registration and CDL

2 hours

 

Traffic Exam

1 hour

 

Traffic Exam Review

1 hour

 

Dräger BAT Operator Certification

8 hours

 

 

 

 

Law Enforcement Defensive Driving

27 hours

 

 

 

Offensive & Defensive Tactics

Total 109 Hours

 

SSGT-Vanguard (Levels I & II)

48 hours

 

Physical Training

33 hours

 

Officer Survival

24 hours

 

Physical Agility Exam

4 hours

 

 

 

Firearms Training

Total 47 hours

 

Firearms Qualification

27 hours

 

Close Combat/Night Firing

12 hours

 

Shotgun Familiarization

4 hours

 

Patrol Rifle Familiarization

4 Hours

 

*Students who are re-taking firearms will attend the 43 hour firearms training and qualification course.

 

 

 

 

Examinations and Directors Time

Total 40 Hours

 

Testing

 

 

Evaluations

 

 

Reviews

 

 

Graduation

 

 

Administrative Meetings

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Total 520 Hours