After strong encouragement from the Alabama Sheriffs’ Association and longtime Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson, as well as Monroe County Sheriff Tom Tate and Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, both of whom served on the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund, Inc., Board of Trustees, a new basic training program for jail officers began in 2015.

Called the Alabama Jail Training Academy, the new effort is not a replacement for the long-standing program offered by APOST, but an alternative for those counties unable to send their jail officers to a two-week long training program.  The target date for the first class is February 2015, with all classes scheduled for the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Prattville.

The program will include a total of four classes (each will be two-days in length with only ONE overnight stay for each class).  The curriculum is being developed by the National Institute for Jail Operations, with advice and assistance from the Alabama Sheriffs Association and the ACCA Liability and Workers’ Compensation Insurance Funds.

Instructors will be jail officers from around the state who have been trained by the National Institute for Jail Operations.


Alabama Jail Training Academy Schedule


  • The Alabama Jail Academy curriculum will be based on the legal-based jail guidelines.


  • Each class will follow a two-day format, with classes beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the first day and concluding by 3:00 p.m. on day two.  This format requires only ONE overnight stay for the officers.


  • The four (4) classes in the program will be offered on a rotating basis throughout the year and, because each class will be designed independently, an officer can take the courses in any order.


  • Officers successfully completing the four classes will receive a certificate from the National Institute for Jail Operations.


  • The registration fee for each course will be $75 per officer.  Those counties participating in both the ACCA Liability and Workers’ Compensation Funds will be reimbursed for the full cost of registration fees for up to two (2) officers who complete the certification process per year.


  • Counties which only participate in the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Fund will receive a 25 percent reimbursement, and those only participating in the Liability Fund will receive a 75 percent reimbursement.


  • The current reimbursement for registration for APOST registration fees is NOT impacted by this new program and will continue as well.



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