Certified Police Officer
Performs police patrol, preliminary investigations, traffic regulation and enforcement, enforces criminal laws and makes arrests for felony and misdemeanor offenses and other law enforcement activities. Police officers may be assigned to various units within the police department to include but not limited to: Road Patrol, Detective Bureau, Traffic Unit, Training Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Marine Patrol, etc.
Salary $59,364.27 – $90,777.82 Annually
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 005
Please review the Qualifications & Requirements section for specific documents to be submitted with the application. Applications missing the required documents will be deemed incomplete and rejected.
Duties & Responsibilities
A Police Officer may work rotating shifts and perform the following functions utilizing his/her judgment in conjunction with their training, experience and the Florida State Statutes, departmental General Orders or other legal or guiding directives in deciding a course of action that will be taken while acting in their official capacity. Their duties also may include, but are not limited to, the below activities:
• Patrols Streets, parks, commercial and residential areas to detect crime, traffic violations or other violations or incidents requiring police action
• Writing reports, field interrogations cards and any other reports as the case or incident may require
• Conducting preliminary investigations on all crimes/crashes, incidents and any other law violations
• Responding to routine, emergency or difficult calls for service. May also initiate a call for service if viewed or come upon during patrol duties
• Interview and/or interrogate suspects, witnesses and drivers of vehicles involved in crimes or crashes
• Gathering and preserving physical evidence.
• Making arrests or taking persons into custody and carrying out their duties in conjunction with Federal, State, County and City Laws and Ordinances
• Preparing cases for court presentations and testifying when required in all proceedings
• Patrols the city to preserve the peace and enforce criminal and traffic laws
• Summon paramedics, tow trucks, other law enforcement officers, and other assistance as appropriate. Takes measurements and draws diagrams of a scene such as crashes or as may be required.
• Conducts follow up investigations of crimes as time, policy and/or manpower permit.
• Accepts responsibility and ownership of their work product. Strives to control and resolve conflict and defuse tense situations when possible.
• Prepares a variety of reports and records including, reports of investigation, field interrogation report, property receipts, alcohol influence reports, bad check form, vehicle impoundment form, Offense Incident and accident reports, etc.
• Maintains normal availability by radio, laptop or telephone for dispatch to emergencies or calls for service.
The position of Police Officer requires carrying and demonstrating competence with a firearm and/or other less than lethal devices and defensive tactics. The position requires carrying a firearm and less lethal devices at all times while on duty and working off duty details.
Carries out duties in accordance with accepted police procedures and/or policy to ensure personal safety and safety of fellow Officers.
Coordinates activities with other officers or other City departments as needed, exchanges information with officers in other law enforcement agencies, and obtains advice from the City Attorney, and Prosecutor’s Office regarding cases, policies and procedures, as needed and assigned.
Maintains departmental equipment, supplies and facilities. Reports damaged or missing equipment to supervisor.
Maintains contact with general public, court officials, and other City officials in the performance of police operating activities.
May serve as a member of various employee committees.
Performs other duties as assigned or as may be necessary.
Qualifications & Requirements
Must pass thorough background investigation, polygraph, psychological, medical and drug screen. Must successfully pass a physical agility test within the last 6 months prior to application as administered by a certified FDLE training center. Applicants must have successfully completed a swim test administered by a certified FDLE training center. Passing scores must be submitted at time of application.
Candidates currently enrolled in a Law Enforcement Academy/Basic Recruit Class may apply to the position meeting the basic requirements. All required documents must be submitted with the application with the exemption of the state certification. Candidates are required to submit verification of enrollment at Law Enforcement Academy/Basic Recruit Class (i.e. Acceptance letter).
A. Must be a minimum of 21 years old at the time of employment;
B. Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of employment, a valid FL State driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation in any State;
C. No Felony convictions and disqualifying criminal histories
D. Must be a U.S. citizen;
E. Must be able to read and write the English language;
F. Must be of good moral character and of temperate and industrious habits
G. Must pass a full physical agility test (modified agility test not accepted) and swim test prior to application. Swim test is waived for a lateral if the candidate has taken and passed a swim test at least once in their career.
H. Must attend and successfully complete a basic Police Officer Academy and successfully take and pass the State Police Officer Exam
A. Must be able to meet all Entry Level requirements listed above; to include a valid certification as a Police Officer as required by FDLE and/or CJSTC guidelines.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
A. Must possess a two year college degree (AA or AS); or, a High School diploma/GED and have 3 or more years of military service with an Honorable Discharge.
The following documents are required with employment application: AA/AS Degree (copy of diploma) or High School Diploma and 3 years Military Service; Physical Agility Test results taken in the six (6) months prior to application; Swim test results; and Officer state certification. Applicants claiming Veteran’s Preference must complete the City’s Veteran’s Preference Claim form and submit a DD214.
Applications missing any required documents at the time of application will not be reviewed and considered incomplete.
NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
A. Knowledge of law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment if already a certified law enforcement officer;
B. Skill in operating the tools and equipment listed below;
C. Ability to learn the applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations; Ability to perform work requiring good physical condition; Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers and supervisors; Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions; Ability to follow verbal and written instructions; Ability to meet the special requirements listed below; Ability to learn the City’s geography.
D. Knowledge of safety procedures associated with risks and hazards inherent to the job
Successful completion of any required FDLE or CJSTC and/or School of Justice requirements, i.e. Police Academy, FBAT and any other test or requirement that is required.