Police Officer

Winter Haven, FL
Winter Haven Police Department

Performs professional law enforcement work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances.

Salary: Starting salary is $19.87 per hour with benefits after completion of a multi-week Field Training Program at $16.35 per hour with benefits.

Closing Date/Time:
10/12/2020 5:00:00 PM


  • Operates a police vehicle to patrol designated areas to preserve law and order; to prevent and detect the commission of crimes; to enforce criminal and traffic laws and to provide general assistance to the public.
  • Operates a police radio to maintain communications with headquarters and supervisor.
  • Responds to calls and complaints of incidents involving traffic accidents, criminal activities or violations, including misdemeanors, felonies and other accidents or disasters.
  • Secures the scene of the incident to restore peace, protect evidence, property and assist injured persons.
  • Administers first aid; calls for medical assistance; interviews complainants and witnesses; takes detailed statements from witnesses and suspects; issues summonses when appropriate.
  • Completes and prepares detailed reports; serves warrants; makes arrests; transports suspects to detention facility; testifies as a witness in court proceedings as needed.
  • Conducts routine follow-up investigations of assigned cases, conducts stakeouts and surveillance of designated locations.
  • Issues traffic summonses, warnings, parking citations and vehicle defect correction notices.
  • Directs traffic at special events and congested intersections as needed; escorts funeral processions and other official escorts as assigned.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the use and care of firearms; meets minimum requirements set by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
  • May serve as field training officer for new police officers.
  • Performs other related law enforcement duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • This is not intended to be an all inclusive listing of essential job functions; the performance of other essential functions may be required.

Desired Skills:


  • Must be at least 19 years of age and a citizen of the United States.
  • Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor involving perjury or the making of false claims; must not have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.
  • Must pass a physical examination with a drug screen; must demonstrate acceptable physical agility and strength; must have a good moral character.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a polygraph examination.
  • Must be able to successfully complete all training requirements including the State required police academy curriculum, field training program, periodic in-service training and weaponry qualifications and a one-year probationary period.
  • Must be either a Florida state certified law enforcement officer, a graduate of a Florida police academy having passed the Florida State Officer Certification Exam, or a certified officer from another state who completes the Florida State Equivalency course.

Special Requirements:
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid Florida Class E drivers’ license and a good driving record as determined by the City of Winter Haven. Absence of non-prescribed controlled substances in the applicant’s system as verified by a laboratory approved by the City of Winter Haven.