Police Officer Candidate (Certified and Non-Certified)
Performs difficult professional work to protect and serve the citizens through enforcement of city ordinances and state and federal laws, prevent crimes, apprehend criminals, and provide aid and assistance. Work is performed under regular supervision. Performs related tasks as required.
Responds to calls for service for emergencies and non-emergencies;
Prepares reports, affidavits, and other documentation as required;
Conducts investigations of calls for service and crime scenes;
Arrests and processes persons committing felonies/misdemeanors and city code violations;
Patrols business and residential areas, and works with CRIME WATCH coordinator;
Enforces laws, investigates accidents and directs traffic.
Testifies at depositions and in court;
Performs first aid and CPR.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Thorough knowledge of federal and state law and municipal ordinances; Police Department policies and procedures; and geography and demography of jurisdiction and related crime situation. Proficient in use of police equipment. Must be able to read, write and speak clearly in English language. Must have mental capacity and ability to make deadly force decisions. Must be available to be on call 24 hours a day.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Must be at least 19 years of age.
Must have at least one of the following: 60 credits of college, two years of military experience with an honorable discharge, or two years of prior law enforcement experience.
Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
Must have no convictions of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
Non-certified officer candidates will be required to attend a Florida Criminal Justice Entry Level Training Program (police academy) selected by the department. In addition to the department's established hiring criteria, candidates must meet all training center entrance requirements and maintain academic and performance standards throughout the course of study. Physical agility test required for all applicants. Possession of a valid State of Florida driver's license with no more than six points for the past three years.
Must be able to wear hard hat/helmet, safety glasses, goggles, bullet-proof vest, hearing protectors, face shield, and gloves. Exposure to extreme temperatures, animals/insects, confined spaces, heights, noise, dust, vapors, fumes, mist, smoke, toxic metals, poisons, irritants, and blood borne pathogens.