Current with legislation from the 2021 First Special Session.
Section 36-NEW - Requirements preceding employment(a) Prior to the employment or appointment of a law enforcement officer, a law enforcement agency shall: (1) Conduct a fingerprint-based state and national criminal background check that shall be completed by the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) for purposes of determining suitability for employment or appointment.(2) Review the current and prior law enforcement officer employment history confirmed through access of the information in the database as required by subsection (e) of Section 2.(3) Review current and previous residential addresses of the law enforcement officer.(4) Review reportable offenses, as defined in Section 1, if any, against the law enforcement officer while appointed or employed with any other law enforcement agency confirmed through access of the information in the database as required by paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Section 2 of this act.(5) Review available social media accounts of the law enforcement officer.(6) Review professional references provided by the law enforcement officer.(7) A review of disciplinary action, as defined in Section 1, taken against the law enforcement officer while in secondary and postsecondary school confirmed by telephone or electronic or other means.(8) A full report of the law enforcement officer's credit history provided by the law enforcement officer.(b) A law enforcement officer will sign a written release authorizing a law enforcement agency to obtain pre-employment check information listed in subsection (a).(c) A law enforcement agency will complete an investigation validating any additional information provided by the law enforcement officer.(d)(1) Results of the criminal background check received by the hiring or appointing law enforcement agency shall be confidential and may not be deemed public record nor disclosed to any individual beyond those with authorized access nor disclosed under the Alabama Open Records Act.(2) The employing or appointing law enforcement agencies shall comply with rules of ALEA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the use of criminal records. Any person who releases or discloses records in violation of these rules or subdivision (1), upon conviction, shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
Ala. Code § 36-NEW (1975)Added by Act 2021-268,§ 4, eff. 7/1/2021.