Patrol Officer

Palmetto, FL
Palmetto Police Department

Salary: $52,000.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

A Patrol Officer within the Enforcement Bureau of the Palmetto Police Department is a sworn officer appointed by the Chief of Police. This is a non-supervisory position directly responsible to a Patrol Corporal or Sergeant. Works under the general supervision of the Patrol Corporal or Sergeant.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol an assigned area on foot, bicycle, or vehicle; checks doors and windows of business establishments; investigates unusual crowds of people;
  • Enforces City code violations; enforces vehicle parking and operating laws; watches for and makes investigations of wanted and missing persons and property.
  • Visits the scenes of crimes and accidents; searches for and preserves evidence; pursues investigative leads; searches for and apprehends violators;
  • Escorts funerals, assists children at street crossings, and controls pedestrian compliance with safety laws.
  • Prefers charges; testifies and presents evidence in court.
  • Directs traffic control as needed; enforces traffic laws; and gives information concerning the location of streets, routes, and buildings.
  • May perform dispatcher functions.
  • Investigates places and persons suspected of being engaged in illegal activities; checks on operation of public places for compliance with the law, develops and maintains sources of information.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Graduation from high school or an equivalent recognized certification, and completion of minimum standards courses set by Florida Police Standards Council (Minimum Certificate).
  • Completion of special courses and training as set by departmental rules and regulations.
  • Must also meet all requirements as prescribed in the current Police Personnel Manual and Florida Statutes.