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Abbett re-elected chair of APOST

Published 12:03pm Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett has been tapped to continue serving as a member and chairman of the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOST).

APOST is a seven-member state commission that is responsible for establishing certification standards for all law enforcement officers and state correctional officers in Alabama.

Abbett said he was humbled by the reappointment.

“I have been pleased to be able to serve on APOST for the past 16 years and as chairman for the past 12 years,” Abbett said. “ I am honored and feel privileged to be picked again.”

APOST is also responsible for establishing regulations for the basic and advanced training requirements through the APOST certified law enforcement academies in the state.

Abbett was re-elected chair of APOST in February. He is a Tallapoosa County native and began his law enforcement career in 1968 with the Alabama Department of Public Safety as an Alabama State Trooper Cadet. He continued his service with ALDPS as a state trooper for the next 25 years, eventually retiring at the rank of captain. In June 1994 he was elected sheriff of Tallapoosa County and is currently serving his fifth term.

Abbett said prior to his appointment to APOST he served as the training directory for the law enforcement academy in Selma.

“It is a privilege to be able to give back with my experience in law enforcement in order make sure we have the way we are training officers in a standardized way throughout the state,” Abbett said.