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Qualifications

Age

Must be 21 years of age

Citizenship

Must be US Citizen

Certification

State of Florida Law Enforcement Officer Certification -or- current enrollment in a Commission-approved Law Enforcement Basic Training Program.

Out-of-State Officer Applicants

  • Equivalency Training for Florida Certification:

    • St. Petersburg Junior College
      3200 34th Street South
      St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
      (727) 341-4494
      John Dressback, Academy Coordinator
      (three week course)

    Comparative Compliance:

    • With a minimum of two but not more than four years service with another agency of comparable size and comparable responsibility, applicants start at Step 2 pay grade. Position must have been a full-time sworn position.

    • With four or more years service with another agency of comparable size and comparable responsibility, applicants start at Step 3 pay grade. Position must have been a full-time sworn position.

Education/Work Experience: (any one of)

Associate's degree or equivalent or completion of two years of college (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours). College, University or Community College must be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, another regional accrediting agency, or the Accrediting Commission of Independent Colleges and Schools. -OR-

High School diploma and three years of prior law enforcement experience with an agency of medium to large size (50 or more officers). -OR-

High School diploma and three years of military experience. -OR-

High School diploma and five years experience with the Tampa Police Department Reserve Force.

Other Requirements

  • Valid Florida Driver's License

  • Must have Social Security number

  • Be of good moral character: No felony arrests or misdemeanor convictions involving moral character, domestic violence, perjury or false statements.