Police Officer

Lakeland, FL
Lakeland Police Department

This is responsible Police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work involves the responsibility for prevention, detection and investigation of crimes and for maintaining law and order. Duties also consist of patrolling an assigned area, traffic regulation and direction and involvement in accident, criminal and other types of investigations. Duties may entail special assignments. Work involves an element of personal danger and may be performed in an automobile, on a motorcycle or on foot during an assigned shift. Assignments are received from superior officers and are carried out under established policies and procedures. Employees in this class must exercise considerable judgment and skill in their handling of emergencies. Performance is reviewed through conferences, handwritten and computer written reports inspections and observations by superiors.

Closing Date/Time: Fri. 08/30/19 4:00 PM Eastern Time
Salary: $20.20 – $32.46 Hourly
$1,616.27 – $2,597.02 Biweekly
$3,501.92 – $5,626.89 Monthly
$42,023.06 – $67,522.63 Annually


• Patrols a designated area of the City to preserve law and order, to prevent and detect the commission of crime and to enforce traffic regulations.
• Responds to calls and complaints involving traffic accidents, misdemeanors, felonies, and property crimes, crimes against persons and disputes and takes necessary police action.
• Serves warrants and makes arrests.
• Conducts investigations at crime scenes; gathers evidence; locates and questions witnesses; take detailed statements from witnesses and suspects; testifies as a witness in court proceedings.
• Investigates traffic accidents and administers first aid.
• Investigates crimes, incidents and files cases with State Attorney's Office.
• Demonstrates proficiency in the use and care of firearms and other police equipment.
• Supports and implements the community oriented policing concept.
• Prepares written police reports, memorandums, and other correspondence.
• Enforces State, Federal and local laws and ordinances.
• Makes decisions and takes actions in stressful and dangerous decisions situations taking into account legal, policy, and safety factors.
• Ability to give chase on foot in the course of law enforcement/criminal apprehension activities.


• Must be at least 21 years of age.
• Must possess a high school diploma or GED from an accredited school or training facility.
• Qualified applicants MUST meet at least one of the following requirements as outlined in F.S. 943.13:
• Already hold an ACTIVE Florida Law Enforcement Certification from a Commission approved Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Correctional Officer Cross-Over Training to Florida Law Enforcement Academy or Commission Comparable Compliance Equivalency of Training Program.
• ENROLLED and ACCEPTED into or currently attending a Florida Commission approved Basic Law Enforcement Academy or Correctional Officer Cross-Over Training to Florida Law Enforcement Academy.
• Has met the requirements for the Commission Comparable Compliance Equivalency of Training Program or has been ENROLLED and ACCEPTED into or currently attending the Commission Comparable Compliance, Equivalency of Training Program.

• Ability to read, write, and speak the English language.
• Must possess a valid state of Florida driver's license or have the ability to obtain one.
• Must maintain a valid telephone number.
• Applicants will be required to pass an extensive background investigation which includes, but is not limited to, a polygraph exam, physical agility test, drug screening examination, physical exam, psychological testing, credit checks, and be of good moral character, etc., prior to being offered employment as a Lakeland Police Officer.