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Law Enforcement Officer

Tampa, FL
University of South Florida

The University of South Florida Police Department (USFPD) is a full service law enforcement agency dedicated to providing a safe environment for and in partnership with the community, while remaining committed to assisting with personal and professional development of department members, and to the principle of being community minded and service driven.

USFPD is organized into various bureaus, divisions, sections, squads, and units. The department is led by a command staff comprised of sworn and non-sworn members of the rank of lieutenant and higher, a communications and records manager, and public information representative; all of whom report to the chief of police through an established chain-of-command.

The Operations Bureau is commanded by a captain who oversees the Patrol and Special Operations Divisions; each of which are commanded by a lieutenant. The Patrol Division is further broken down into four squads which provide direct law enforcement services to the community. The Special Operations Division includes the Community OutReach & Enforcement (CORE) and Criminal Investigations Sections; both of which are led by a sergeant. The Administration Bureau is also commanded by a captain who oversees the Support Services and Communications & Records Divisions. Support Services is led by a lieutenant and includes the Professional Standards and Information Technology Sections. The accreditation, training and background investigation units fall within the Professional Standards Section which is managed by a sergeant. The Communications & Records Division reports to a non-sworn manager.

Hiring Salary/Salary Range: $49,000 annually

Responsibilities:

• Patrols streets, buildings, and grounds to enforce traffic and criminal laws.
• Issues warnings and citations for traffic violations.
• Conducts investigations into criminal and non-criminal incidents.
• Interviews witnesses, victims, and interrogates suspects.
• Properly searches for, locates, previews, protects, and processes crime scene for evidence.
• Apprehends, arrests, and processes criminal violators.
• Obtains, verifies, and executes arrest/search warrants.
• Composes reports when documenting crimes, incidents and activity.
• Provides crowd and traffic control during University and special events.
• Maintains community relations by focusing on information and education.
• Uses available agencies and support groups to assist citizens.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Must meet requirements of Chapter 943, Florida Statutes: (Must be at least 19 years of age, must possess a high school diploma or equivalent; must have graduated from an accredited law enforcement academy in the state of Florida, or currently attending a commissioned Florida Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program. Graduates from law enforcement academies outside the state of Florida must have completed, or be enrolled in, a program for Equivalency of Training) (EOT: transitional academy).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Prior sworn Law Enforcement Officer experience or an Associate’s Degree or higher with two years’ experience.

Must have graduated from an accredited law enforcement academy in the state of Florida, or currently attending a commissioned Florida Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program. Graduates from law enforcement academies outside the state of Florida must have completed, or be enrolled in, a program for Equivalency of Training (EOT: transitional academy).

SPECIAL SKILLS/LICENSES/TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:

Completion of an approved Florida Law Enforcement Academy or Florida Equivalency of Training (EOT) and passing the State of Florida Law Enforcement Certification Exam are conditions of employment. Employees in this classification are required to maintain all mandatory job related certifications to include but not limited to firearms qualification, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and Florida State driver’s license. Cover letter and resume are required to apply for this position.