Deputy Trainee

Ocala, FL
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Salary: $37,728.55 Annually.

Position Summary:

While in the Deputy Trainee status, the employee participates and engages in a formal, full-time Law Enforcement Academy and in-house training and assigned work activities specifically designed and chosen to train and indoctrinate the individual in the field of law enforcement. Work is performed under the immediate, daily supervision and guidance of a higher-level officer and/or academy instructor. The position reports to the MCSO Training Division Commander.

Essential Functions:

  • Abide by the “Law Enforcement Code of Ethics”.
  • Abide by the MCSO Code of Conduct, all Operations Directives and all local, state and federal laws.
  • Maintain a passing grade with coursework, student deliverables and physical fitness requirements during the Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Maintain an alert and business-like and professional manner, and a military bearing in the classroom, during field training and when in the community at all times.
  • Perform any additional duties that may be required by the Sheriff or through necessity of situations.


  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Must be a minimum of 19 years of age.
  • Successfully complete the MCSO competitive selection process for the position including medical physical, drug screening and psychological assessments.
  • Ability to be cleared to register as a student at the College of Central Florida. This clearance is from all financial obligations (debts) with any regionally accredited U.S. college, university or school of higher learning (beyond High School) as determined by the College of Central Florida.
  • Ability to maintain the physical condition needed to perform the essential functions of a full-time law enforcement academy recruit.
  • Possession of a valid Florida Driver’s License, with a good driving record.
  • Must be a legal Florida resident.
  • Be able to effectively communicate information both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Must be a legal Florida resident.
  • Successfully perform duties as a full-time student in a Basic Police Recruit School in the State of Florida.
  • Maintain a satisfactory performance demonstrated by a passing grade average for the academy, on student deliverables and by meeting physical fitness requirements during the Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Within 30 days of successful graduation from the LEO Academy, take and pass the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) examination for Certified Law Enforcement Officers.
  • Required to make a 2-year employment commitment to Marion County Sheriff’s Office at the time of selection as a Deputy Trainee. This commitment period will begin on the date the Deputy Trainee/Patrol Deputy I is successfully released following the MCSO Patrol Deputy Field Training Program.