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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
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

ADOC Contact Information

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

Captain Napoleon Goodson
Recruiting Division
Napoleon.Goodson@doc.alabama.gov
(205) 288-1034
Lt. Timothy Ensor
Northern Region Recruiter
timothy.ensor@doc.alabama.gov
(334) 850-0656
Lt. Crystal Smith-James
Southern Region Recruiter
Crystal.Smith-James@doc.alabama.gov
(334) 850-0771
Lt. Darryl Finch
Central East Region Recruiter
darryl.finch@doc.alabama.gov
(334) 850-4274
Lt. Joey Craig
Central West Region Recruiter
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.