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Each applicant must be at least 19 years of age. Applicants must have had no convictions of felony crimes or misdemeanors involving moral turpitude. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or a GED certificate.


Once you have submitted your application through our website and if you meet the minimum requirements, you will be sent a letter indicating the date, time and place of the written examination. Approximately three or four weeks after the test has been administered, you will be notified of your written test results by mail. Upon successfully meeting the minimum point requirements on the written test, the application process continues as follows for those applicants in the top 25 percent not to exceed 30 applicants:

  • Background investigation
  • Tuscaloosa Police Department (TPD) Communications Division interview
  • Placement on roster of eligibles (hiring list)

You must successfully pass each of the above-referenced steps to proceed to the next step of the application process.

Conditional Offer

If you are placed on the roster of eligibles and a vacancy occurs in the TPD Communications Division you may be presented a conditional offer of employment. You will then be required to submit to and successfully complete the following phases:

  • Complete physical examination
  • Drug screen
  • Polygraph examination
  • Psychological examination

Final Offer

If you successfully complete all phases of the conditional offer of employment, you may be presented a final offer of employment.

Click here to view the Telecommunicator, Basic Job Description