Police Officer I

Panama City, FL
Panama City Police Department

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 is an 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, ice storm, etc.) or other conditions (natural or manmade).


Any omissions, falsifications, misstatements, or misrepresentations of the information provided may disqualify the applicant.


$41,100.00 Annually


Open Until Filled


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the 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

Desired Skills:

• Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action to be taken.
• Ability to cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully, and with respect.
• Ability to learn the geography of the City of Panama City, and its physical and social characteristics.
• Ability to learn modern police methods and procedures.
• Ability to learn and practice applicable laws and ordinances
• Ability to learn First Aid.
• Ability to perform sustained acts of physical exertion and endure entire periods of duty under unfavorable conditions.
• Ability to meet physical requirements and standards.
• Working knowledge of all department assigned equipment and maintain in serviceable condition.
• Maintain annual high liability training proficiency and State of Florida law enforcement certification requirements.
• Skilled in the care and use of a computer and associated software.
• Ability to effectively communicate both orally and writing to the public, team members, and supervisors.
• 24-hour availability to respond as directed or requested.


• 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.