Job Opportunities

There are numerous resources on the Internet for employment opportunities in the field of criminal justice. A few links to these resources are provided below. Please be aware that these links will open new pages outside of the JSU domain. Neither the Department of Criminal Justice & Forensic Investigation nor JSU controls or specifically endorses any information found on these sites.

In addition, from time to time the Department of Criminal Justice & Forensic Investigation receives announcements of job openings related to the criminal justice field. These are listed under the Internet related sites. Due to time and space constraints, only basic information about these jobs will be presented. Please contact the hiring agency for further information. Once again, neither the Department of Criminal Justice & Forensic Investigation nor JSU specifically endorses any of the agencies listed.

This webpage is provided for informational purposes only.

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Chronicle of Higher Education
(job search engine)

Law Enforcement Jobs

(a general information site with employment links)


ASmartPlace - Huntsville, AL Job Listing

In-State Opportunities

JSU: University Student Assistant - Safety Security Officer

Forensic Pathology Specialist Associate 20830

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) 

ALEA’s Department of Public Safety is looking for professional men and women who are interested in pursuing a demanding but rewarding career in law enforcement as an Alabama State Trooper patrolling our state highways, waterways, and complexes. We are committed to attracting a bold and diverse group of individuals who are representative of the communities we are sworn to serve and protect.  View the training announcement

For more information about ALEA please visit or call 334‐517‐2800. To submit an application for ALEA Trooper Trainee visit the State Personnel Department website at

Gulf Shores Police Department

The City of Gulf Shores is looking to fill the position of Patrol Officer and the position of Detention Officer.  The Police Department is also developing a roster of qualified candidates for future positions within the Department.  We are located in South Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico.  When fully staffed, our department consists of 47 sworn officers.  We offer various assignments within our agency to include: Patrol, Investigations, K-9, Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, Narcotics, SWAT, Marine Division/Search and Recovery Dive Team, Beach/Bike Patrol and Honor Guard.

Applications are available at

Must be at least 21 years of age and able to pass a physical agility test.  The Physical Agility test consists of: 1.5 mile run to be completed within 15 minutes 28 seconds, 25 sit ups to be completed within one minute, 22 pushups to be completed within one minute and an untimed 300 meter nonstop swim.

State of Alabama - Probation and Parole Officer

Probation and Parole Officer is a permanent, full-time position with the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Positions are located across the state. Work includes conducting pre-parole investigations for a parole board and pre-sentence investigations for courts with probationary power.  Positions are available in Anniston, AL.

Apply to the State of Alabama

The Alabama Administrative Office of Courts (AOC)

Tuscaloosa Juvenile Probation Officer I (60001)

Anniston Police Department

APD is looking for qualified candidates for Police Officer.

Download the application and background packet

Birmingham Police Department

The Birmingham Police Department (BPD) is encouraging the most highly qualified men and women to apply to join our team, the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Alabama. The BPD is seeking ambitious applicants with a desire to build a worthwhile career in a professional law enforcement organization. Our goal is to have a workforce which reflects the diversity found in the communities we serve. The BPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to reducing crime, treating the public with respect and compassion, and holding ourselves accountable for our performances.

Decatur Police Department

Being a police officer with the Decatur Police Department is challenging and rewarding. Working in a town of approximately 60,000, our officers have two distinct advantages. Officers are able to get to know the people in the communities they serve; the ratio of officers to civilians is about 1 to 454. With approximately 130 officers and more than 10 specialty areas, the Decatur Police Department is a great size to provide officers with excellent opportunities for growth and career advancement.

Our philosophy is to make Decatur a safe place to live and as a result, Decatur’s crime rate is remarkably low. Our officers work hard to develop relationships in the neighborhoods and schools so that we can prevent crimes before they happen. Our officers individually are involved in many ways throughout the community. In addition, the department participates in statewide sponsorship programs for the Special Olympics, including the COPS on Top fund-raising event and Torch Run.

The Decatur PD believes strongly in using technological advancements for better and safer policing. The Chief and his team continually evaluate and implement programs, tools, and training that make our officers more efficient and keep both citizens and officers safer.

Decatur Police Department Application

Huntsville Police Department

Police Officer (Grade 14)

Shelby County Sheriff's Office

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has openings for Corrections Officers and Deputy Sheriffs.  Anyone interested can apply at the Shelby County Law Enforcement Personnel Board website at  Here is a copy of the Deputy Sheriff Brochure

Out-of-State Opportunities

Mesa Police Department (Arizona)

Sergeant Dave Jenkins, Recruiting Sergeant for the Mesa Police Department (Arizona), announced that they are actively recruiting for the Mesa Police Department and are looking to hire several police officers in the near future.  The Mesa Police Department will be accepting Police Officer Recruit applications from Monday, July 29, 2019 – Monday, September 2, 2019!  

Applicants will need to first apply online and if they meet minimum qualifications, we will invite them to our Physical Fitness and Written test, which is scheduled for October 12, 2019.  We will only be taking the first 700 online applications, so it will be best if they apply early.  Can you please share this information to as many people and committees as you can, who may have an interest in becoming a Mesa Police Officer.  Many of these applications will be processed for our three Academy classes scheduled in 2020. 

We also make special accommodations to our out of state applicants.  They will complete their Physical Fitness test and written test on a Saturday morning.  If they pass both of those steps, we schedule their Background Interview and Polygraph the following Monday or Tuesday.  This way they can complete as much of the hiring process as possible while they are here.   

They can go to our website or contact us at  for more information.  

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida
The Coral Gables Police Department is making a push to hire students studying at Jacksonville State University.  I am hoping that  you will share the following information with the CJ students at Jacksonville State University who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. This email  includes attachments for the necessary requirements and recruitment posters. The last PDF attachment is a poster that includes salary information and signing bonus for the position of police officer with the City of Coral Gables of Police Department. For more information or how to  apply, please visit our website at Students with questions can also contact Coral Gables HR Analyst Jose Rodriguez at 305-722-8675, or by email at

Recruitment Flyer

Non Certified Applicant Minimum Requirements

Pocatello Police Department, Idaho

The City of Pocatello is currently seeking to fill up to five (5) officer recruit positions. The hiring process
starts with completing the online application. Visit for information about the
application process.
Once the application closes, there is a 2 week period before the test. Applicants are required to complete the background packet and bring it to the exam. The exam is October 16, 2017 and starts at 8:30am.
After the exam is graded (same day as the exam), applicants with passing scores move immediately into the in-person interview.  Applicants are scored on how well they perform during the interview. If an applicant passes both the written exam and in-person interview, they are placed on a hiring list.
The Police Department then begins the background investigation. Those applicants passing the background are invited to complete the physical fitness exam. Positions will be offered based upon highest scores.

Interested applicants must apply online at by October 4, 2017.  Download and complete the background packet and bring with you to the exam.  Applicants must be 21 years old at time of hire.  Explore Pocatello career opportunities 

City of Bloomington, Police Department
The Bloomington Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of Probationary Police Officer. All applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. Late, incomplete or applications with illegible e-mail addresses will not be considered. All notifications related to this hiring process will be conducted via e-mail so applicants must maintain an active e-mail account. Applications should be submitted to: 

Bloomington Police Department
Attn: Captain Steve. Kellams
220 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN  47401

Physical agility and written testing is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 28th, 2017. Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time and location of the physical agility and written test.  

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of November 13th. Other requirements of the hiring process include: a thorough background investigation, truth verification examination, a medical examination, and psychological testing. All testing and approvals must be completed by February 1st, 2018 with anticipated hiring date of February 12th, 2018.  

Applications, requirements for consideration, testing procedures, and current salary and benefit information may be found under the “Police Employment” tab at:

Other inquiries should be directed to: The Bloomington Police Department is an equal opportunity employer. 

State of Georgia - Department of Community Supervision

The Department of Community Supervision (DCS) was created by HB310 in the 2015 Legislative Session.  As part of the executive branch of Georgia's government, the Department of Community Supervision (DCS) is responsible for the supervision of approximately 180,000 adult felony offenders and Class A and Class B designated juvenile offenders. It is our mission to protect and serve all Georgia citizens through effective and efficient offender supervision in our communities, while providing opportunities for successful outcomes.

The Field Operations Division serves as an integral part of the Department of Community Supervision by providing supervision to offenders placed under probation supervision by the Superior Courts, offenders granted parole by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole, or certain juvenile offenders adjudicated for Class A or B felonies. We currently have a challenging and rewarding opportunity for a Community Supervision Officer that will become a part of the Field Operations team.

List of positions available and application

Cobb County Georgia Police Department

The Cobb County Police Department is a CALEA accredited and nationally recognized full service law enforcement agency, with an authorized strength of 690 sworn officers, located in the metropolitan Atlanta area. We are excited about the future of our department as we prepare to welcome the Atlanta Braves to our community. In response to the recent expansion of our workforce, we are looking for highly motivated, hard working, and ethical men and women interested in joining our police department.
35 Positions available - Salary: $38,355.20 to $60,278.40 per year

Information and Application 

Irving (Texas) Police Department

The Irving Police Department has more than 340 officers and consists of two stations, a family advocacy center, a police athletic league and a full-service police academy. Irving is home to more than 30,000 residents and offers a competitive salary and benefits package that boasts a cost of living below the national average.  This progressive agency provides a variety of opportunities for career enhancement and promotion. Download the printable flyer 

Civil Service Testing Date
April 1, 2017 at 8 a.m.
MacArthur High School
3700 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75062.

To register, submit the Preliminary Information Form online at
Must register for guaranteed admittance.  Walk-ins are welcome based on availability.

For more information, call (972) 721-3795 or email

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department

The DART Police force was established in 1989 as part of the transit agency's mission to operate a safe system. DART Police officers are licensed peace officers of the State of Texas who have all the rights, privileges, obligations, and duties of any other peace officer in the state of Texas while on the property under the control of DART or in the actual course and scope of the officer's employment.  As one of the largest police departments in North Texas, DART Police offers a competitive salary, a generous benefits package, a variety of special assignments, high quality training, and more.  Download the Printable Flyer 

Federal Air Marshal/Transportation Security Administration 

The Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (OLE/FAMS) is pleased to
announce the hiring of entry-level Federal Air Marshals SV-1801-G.

Directions on how to apply, duties, core competencies, qualifications requirements, and other
specifics regarding these vacancy announcements are accessible by clicking the below links or by
visiting the Office of Personnel Management's USAJOBS site at  For
additional information regarding these vacancy announcements, text “FAMS” to 95495 or call