Certified Police Officer

Bradenton, FL
Bradenton Police Department

Starting Salary Range: $52,078.99 – $60,387.54 annually (depending on experience) **Starting Salary Range will increase on October 1, 2023, to $60,151 – $68,237 annually (depending on experience)

General Purpose of the Position: The purpose of this position is to maintain the safety and order of the community.

This is responsible work as a police officer involving the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances and the provision of police services to the community. Work involves the prevention, detection, and investigation of criminal activity, with specific responsibilities that may include but are not limited to the apprehension of suspects by use of appropriate force; collection of evidence and the preliminary investigation of criminal conduct; location and questioning of witnesses; serving of warrants; enforcement of traffic regulations; assisting in the prosecution of criminal suspects through deposition and courtroom testimony; and various other problem-solving and community engagement activities.

Work is performed with considerable independence under the general direction of a sworn supervisor and involves an element of personal danger requiring the exercise of considerable judgment, application of relevant policies and procedures, and tact. Employees in this and related positions are expected to be able to perform any and all work tasks and comply with any work schedules, attendance, or duty requirements that may be established by the City, Department rules, or applicable union contracts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Patrol a designated area of the City on an assigned shift, preventing and detecting criminal activity and enforcing traffic regulations.

  • Respond to calls for service, taking necessary police action including making arrests, applying necessary force when situationally dictated, and transporting and processing prisoners.

  • Demonstrate qualification with and use department-issued weapons; maintain department-issued supplies and equipment.

  • Demonstrate ability to perform defensive combat tactics.

  • Investigate crimes against persons and property, collect evidence, maintain chain of custody, and call for technical identification and laboratory assistance when necessary.

  • Conduct field drug/intoxication tests, administer first aid/CPR and advise persons of their constitutional rights (Miranda).

  • Communicate by radio with dispatch and other personnel while on patrol and from the scenes of complaints, disturbances, crimes, or other emergencies.

Education and Experience Required: High school diploma or GED equivalent. Basic Florida Law Enforcement Certification. Possess and maintain a valid State of Florida driver’s license. Meet and maintain the “Officers’ Minimum Qualifications” promulgated in Florida Statute 943.13, including proficiency with firearms.

The following requirements apply to all police officer applicants:

  • Must be at least 19 years of age.

  • Must be a United States citizen

  • Must be a high school graduate or GED.

  • Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License.