Police Officer I

Panama City, FL
Panama City Police Department

Salary: $50,939.20 Annually.

Position Summary:

Work is performed under the leadership and guidance of the Chief of Police. This is general non-supervisory police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances in the entry level Police Officer classification.

This position is designated as emergency essential position that requires performance of emergency duties and actions to prepare, repair, and recover the City before, during, and after any adverse storm events (hurricane, tornado, tropical storm, winter storm, severe thunder storm, flash flooding, etc.) or other conditions (natural or manmade).

Essential Functions:

  • Available to work rotating shifts.
  • Patrol a designated area of the City of Panama City, to preserve the peace, to prevent and discover criminal acts and to enforce traffic regulations.
  • Answer calls and complaints involving drunkenness, domestic disputes, fires, thefts, traffic crashes and other felonies and misdemeanors.
  • Responsible for being knowledgeable of the crime problem in assigned work area and developing strategies to combat the problem.
  • Administer first aid, make preliminary investigations, identify, protect, and collect physical evidence, locate witnesses, and make arrests.
  • Interview complainants and witnesses to obtain information about crimes.
  • Assist in investigative work.
  • Testify as a witness in court.
  • Patrol school zones and high activity areas when assigned.
  • Direct traffic.
  • Investigate traffic accidents/incidents.
  • Complete assigned paperwork and computer records accurately and timely.
  • Prepare detailed reports.
  • Provide general information to the public.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be a high school graduate or its equivalent.
  • Must have never received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Must be a certified Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida in accordance with F.S.S. 943.13.
  • Must possess a valid Class E state driver license and have a satisfactory driving history.
  • Must have no convictions for any felony, perjury, false statement, or domestic violence (other arrest histories are reviewed on a case-by-case basis).
  • Must have no DUI conviction within five years of application.
  • Must have no pending criminal charges.
  • Meet all minimum hiring standards to include but not limited to – Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) truth verification, written testing, oral review board, completion of a background investigation and physical ability test, psychological exam, pre-employment physical and firearms qualification.
  • Applicants should truthfully complete the questions on the City Employment application.
  • Must complete all Field Training requirements.
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary period.
  • Must maintain a minimum score of 80% or better on annual evaluations.
  • Maintain ability and proficiency to operate department vehicles, assigned firearms and equipment.