Police Department Employment

The Opelika Police Department is always looking for highly qualified individuals who want to make a difference in their community. We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package including insurance (health, dental, life), paid vacation, ten paid holidays per year, and education assistance. The Opelika Police Department encourages qualified persons seeking employment as an Opelika Police Officer to complete the online application forms.

Sworn Officer Requirements

  • Applicants must be twenty-one (21) years of age
  • U.S. citizen
  • High school graduate or GED
  • No felony convictions
  • No convictions involving crimes of moral turpitude
  • No convictions of domestic violence-related charges
  • Good driving record
  • Military personnel must have an honorable discharge
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Police Officer Selection Process

If you are interested in applying for a position as a police officer with the Opelika Police Department, your first step is to fill out the online application form.

After you have completed the online application process someone from the Opelika Police Department will be in touch with you to walk you through the rest of the process. 

  • Online Application 
  • Basic Ability Test (BAT)
  • Physical Agility Test
  • Background Check
  • Reference/Work History Check
  • Interview
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Medical Screen
  • Drug Screening
  • Psychological Evaluation

Successful applicants will also have to pass an eight-week, in-house training program, and a 14-week Police Academy.


Contact Sgt. Yeager at [email protected] or Officer Canfield at [email protected].   

Basic Abilities Test

Applicants who are not APOST certified or do not have an associates degree or higher, must pass the Basic Abilities Test (BAT). The BAT test can be scheduled at Southern Union State Community College. The applicant is responsible for scheduling the test and paying the $45 test fee. 

Physical Agility Test

  • 22 push-ups in 1 minute
  • 25 sit-ups in 1 minute
  • Obstacle Course in 90 seconds: 15ft Car Push, 6ft Fence Climb, Climb through window, Balance Beam Walk, 15ft Dummy Drag
  • 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes and 28 seconds

Why Join OPD?

• Unparalleled Community Support for Police

• Excellent Health Insurance

• Department Issued Uniform and Equipment

• Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Leave

• Retirement System of Alabama (RSA) Membership (Tier 1)

• Yearly Merit Raises

• Higher Pay for Language Skills

• Tuition Reimbursement

• Overtime Opportunities

• Employee Assistance Program

• Court Pay

• Beard and Relaxed Tattoo policy

• Local and Out-of-State Training

• Instructor Opportunities

• Wellness Program and On-Site Fitness Room

• State-of-the-Art Equipment and Brand-New Training Facility


Additional Employment Opportunities

Civilian personnel are a significant asset to any law enforcement agency and fulfill vital functions and responsibilities. Any non-sworn positions currently available at the Opelika Police Department will be listed below. 

Communications Operator in Training 

Communications Operator I

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