Police Officer

Homestead, FL
Homestead Police Department

Salary: $31.50 hourly.

Position Summary:

Responsible legal and professional law enforcement position; a police officer works an assigned zone to prevent crime, enforce laws, maintain peace, arrest violators, and control traffic. A Police Officer performs a variety of tasks in his role as protector of the lives and property of the community. His activities require the exercises of sound judgment and decision-making, under duress and in stressful situations, in accordance with accepted police practices and procedures. Duties require police officers to work shift assignments, and occasional overtime.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Sergeant; performance is evaluated on results obtained and reviewed through oral and written reports. A police officer must react quickly and calmly in all emergency situations.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the enforcement of Federal, State, and County Laws and City ordinances.
  • Patrols assigned zone, exercises responsibility for the protection of lives and property.
  • Performs preliminary investigations of crimes.
  • Responds to traffic situations; handles traffic control until the problem is resolved.
  • Handles domestic quarrels and intra-family disturbances; may refer families for social service involvement.
  • Responds to emergency calls and crises; summons aid and assistance; may give first aid.
  • Observes and reports activities of suspicious persons; may keep file on these persons, converses with other law enforcement personnel and exchanges information.
  • Conducts ongoing community relations activities, providing information and assistance to the general public.
  • Responds to requests for service; assists citizens with information on law enforcement matters.
  • Interviews and interrogates witnesses and suspects; writes reports and assists in further investigation if necessary.
  • May be involved in surveillance.
  • Checks buildings for security; handles burglar alarm calls.
  • Alerts the Fire Department in case of fire and assists the Fire Department in traffic control.
  • Learns to use weaponry with skill and proficiency; meets the need for periodic weaponry qualification.
  • Testifies in court.
  • Assumes temporary command and gives relief on desk duty when assigned.
  • Safely operates assigned patrol vehicle, and checks daily for care and maintenance of vehicle and all department-assigned equipment.
  • May provide escorts to funerals, parades, and other events.
  • Learns criminal, civil, and traffic statutes and ordinances.
  • Conducts investigations of traffic accidents.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Must possess a high school diploma or its equivalency.
  • Must meet requirements of State Police Minimum Standards as authorized in F.S. 943.13.14.
  • Must meet requirements of periodic in-service training and weaponry qualifications.
  • Nature of the job requires occasional physical exertion under sometimes adverse conditions.
  • Possess good physical conditioning as evidenced by the ability to pass a class “A” physical examination.
  • Citizen of the United States.
  • No felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude.
  • Must pass a background investigation, which includes, but is not limited to, criminal history screening, psychological evaluation, polygraph examination, and Driver’s License review.