Police Officer Trainee

Panama City, FL
Panama City Police Department

Salary: $43,097.60 Annually.

Position Summary:

Work is performed under the leadership and guidance of the Chief of Police. This is a trainee classification which facilitates progression into the position of Police Officer I. Applicants are hired under a temporary employment authorization for a period not to exceed 12 months to complete the full-time State of Florida Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program.

Upon completion of the state required training they will be required to pass the Law Enforcement Certification Exam. Once they have passed the state certification exam, they will be eligible for promotion to the position of Police Officer I.

Essential Functions:

  • Attend and successfully complete the full-time Basic Recruit Training Program or Exemption from Training (EFT) Program.
  • Must successfully complete the State of Florida Law Enforcement Certification Exam within sixty days of graduating from the training program.
  • May be assigned to specific units within the department in a support role requiring the performance of specialized duties.
  • Complete assigned paperwork and computer records accurately and timely.
  • Provide general information to the public.
  • Subject to recall during states of emergency or department needs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • 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 enrolled and attending an accredited State of Florida Law Enforcement Academy, Basic Recruit Training Program or Exemption from Training (EFT) Program.
  • Must have completed High Liability courses in the accredited State of Florida Law Enforcement Academy, Basic Recruit Training Program or Exemption from Training (EFT) Program.
  • Complete all state training and certification requirements.
  • Visual ability must be correctable to 20/20 in each eye with normal color distinction and depth perception.
  • Must reside within a 50-mile radius of the police department to participate in the take home car program.
  • Must possess and maintain 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, as well as no DUI conviction within five years of application. Other arrest histories are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Must have no pending criminal charges.
  • Meet all minimum hiring standards to include Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) truth verification, written testing, oral review board, completion of a background investigation, physical ability test, psychological exam, pre-employment physical and firearms qualification.
  • Applicants should truthfully complete the questions on the City Employment application. Any omissions, falsifications, misstatements, or misrepresentations of the information provided may disqualify the applicant.
  • Must sign a reimbursement agreement if any training expenses are incurred by the City of Panama City for Basic Recruit training and State Certification exam. This agreement will require a two-year commitment/contract to the City of Panama City upon accepting promotion to a Police Officer I position.