Police Officer

North Port, FL
North Port Police Department

Salary: $24.90 – $37.35 Hourly

Position Summary:
Officers trained in law enforcement work, crime detection and prevention and who have been given authority to maintain the peace, safety and order of the community. A police officer is responsible to the Patrol Supervisor. All police officers shall at all times take appropriate action to preserve the peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, arrest violators of the law and enforce State laws and City codes in accordance with Department regulations, policies and procedures.

Essential Functions:

  • Meets all standards of police officer as defined above.
  • Practices a “problem oriented” policing philosophy.
  • Processes complaints and investigations involving the enforcement of all laws and codes and any violations thereof.
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations and to provide a high level of customer service.
  • Carries out orders received from superior officers.
  • Updates supervisor of activities while on duty.
  • Submits accurate reports depicting actual facts of an investigation as it transpired.
  • Renders first aid to the injured as needed.
  • Prepares for and testifies in court proceedings, both civil and criminal resulting from previous cases as necessary.
  • Maintains Department equipment as assigned.


Risk/Safety Conditions: This position requires frequent exposure or risk to physical health and/or physical safety (e.g., exposure to environmentally hazardous material, heavy equipment, assault and battery, communicable disease, etc.)

Physical Requirements: Must pass the Department’s physical test and minimum requirements as outlined in the Florida Standards and Training Guidelines. Frequent exertion requiring using up to 20 pounds of force and occasional exertion of 50 lbs of force. Constant wearing of approximately 15 to 20 pounds of equipment. Occasional running, climbing over fences and walls to subdue suspects. Constant sitting in patrol car while driving. Must have the physical ability to operate all required police equipment. Manual dexterity to use handcuffs, light flares, fire weapon, perform CPR, etc. Occasional lifting objects and/or persons in excess of 50 pounds. Occasional standing for extended periods of time while directing traffic. Frequent exposure to extreme weather conditions such as heat, cold, rain and potentially dangerous environments.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma.
  • Possess a current Law Enforcement Certificate issued by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, or be currently enrolled in a Florida police academy.
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and a citizen of the United States.
  • Be of good moral character with no felony arrest(s) or misdemeanor convictions involving moral character, domestic violence and perjury of false statements.
  • Candidate is required to pass all background checks along with successful passing of drug test, polygraph test and psychological evaluation.

Licenses and Certifications:

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Florida driver’s license by date of hire.