Employment and Recruitment

The Dothan Police Department is comprised of both sworn and civilian staff that work toward providing top-notch police services to our community. We have jobs in law enforcement, detention, public safety communications, animal control and more.

Tired of the day job? You can check out some details by viewing more information or feel free to contact the Training Division by calling (334) 615-3910 to see if you have what it takes to join the Dothan Police Department.

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Compensation and Benefits

All full-time City of Dothan employees enjoy the following benefits, including:

  • 12 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Accrual of sick leave and paid vacation time
  • Paid military leave
  • Employee and/or dependent health, vision, dental and life coverage
  • Section 457 Defined Contribution Retirement Plan
  • Section 125d Flexible Compensation Plan
  • Direct deposit

Qualified sworn candidates may also be eligible for supplemental education pay if a degree was earned in a law enforcement related field depending on the degree level:

  • +2.5% for Associate’s Degree
  • +5.0% for Bachelor’s Degree
  • +7.5% for Master’s Degree

Sworn Qualifications

Sworn members of the department must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • At least 21-years-old
  • One of the following:
    • Already APOSTC certified,
    • Associates degree or higher from an accredited college or university, or
    • Basic Abilities Test (BAT) known as the ACT WorkKeys Assessment
  • Pass extensive background check and polygraph
  • Submit a health screening and drug test
  • Possess a valid drivers’ license
  • Meet the minimum requirements of the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
  • Successfully complete a APOSTC certified academy

Out-of-state, certified applicants: please contact us to discuss the opportunity for lateral transfer, which shortens your academy time considerably.

To learn more about the ACT WorkKeys Assessment test, please visit this website for more information and test questions.

Non-Sworn Qualifications

We employ civilian staff to handle a wide array of functions within the Dothan Police Department including administrative, communications, animal services and detention functions. Civilian staff generally need to meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Pass extensive background check and polygraph
  • Possess a valid drivers’ license

These requirements will vary depending on the position for which you are applying.

How to Get More Information

To view current job postings with the City of Dothan, please visit the City’s jobs page.

If the job you’re looking for isn’t currently posted, complete a Job Interest Card to receive an email when a job is posted in that category.

To view detailed job descriptions, including rate of pay and full job requirements, visit our Job Descriptions page.

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