About Position

The training consists of a 2-week Academy Orientation, a 22-week Academy, and approximately 10-week Module Training. The Sheriff's Office will provide all books, materials, and uniforms (excluding footwear). Those selected for hire will receive pay and full benefits during this training period. After this training is completed the recruit is sworn in and their salary increases to the salary of a certified Law Enforcement Deputy.
 
Perform trainee duties to become certified as a law enforcement officer and eligible for promotion to Law Enforcement Deputy.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

Note: Incumbents function in a trainee capacity to gain proficiency in the duties listed below and become eligible for promotion to Law Enforcement Deputy.

  • Patrol assigned areas to detect and monitor possible criminal activity and interrogate suspicious persons.
  • Respond to emergency calls to provide assistance.
  • Investigate incidents for civil or criminal law violations.
  • Apprehend and arrest suspected law violators to ensure public safety.
  • Prepare and preserve evidence in accordance with directives to maintain chain of custody.
  • Testify in court to provide an accurate account of investigation findings.
  • Control activities at traffic accident scenes by assisting victims or maintaining traffic flow.
  • Enforce traffic laws by observing violations and issuing citations.
  • Provide information and assistance to the public.
  • Prepare and submit daily activity reports in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOP) and directives.
  • Transport prisoners to court, medical, or prison facilities.
  • Maintain patrol car, weapons, and other law enforcement equipment to insure operational readiness.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Note: To be acquired during the training period.
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws pertinent to law enforcement.
  • Working knowledge of law enforcement guidelines and criminal investigation methods and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of traffic accident control measures and investigation methods and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of court procedures.
  • Skill in the use and care of firearms and other law enforcement related equipment.
  • Skill in administering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to act quickly and correctly in emergencies.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to enforce the law courteously, tactfully, firmly, and impartially.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to meet specific physical requirements as may be established by competent authority.

Required Minimum Education & Experience

  • An associate’s degree or equivalent (60 semester or 90 quarter hours of study) from an accredited institution of higher education.
OR
  • A high school diploma or possession of a GED Certificate.
  • Three years active duty military.
OR
  • A high school diploma or possession of a GED Certificate.
  • Three years full-time employment with same employer.
Additionally, the following are required:
  • 21 years of age or older.
  • United States citizen.
  • Of good moral character.
  • Six months tobacco free at time of application.
  • Live within Hillsobrough county or within Citrus, Hardee, Hernandeo, Lake, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, or Sumter County as long as the residence is located within the 60-mile parameter of Falkenburg Road Jail at that time of appointment/employment.

Required Pre-Employment Testing

  • Successful completion of the Law Enforcement Basic Abilities Test (Law Enforcement BAT).
  • Successful completion of the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB).
Note on the BAT (also known as FBAT or CJBAT): Applicants for this recruitment are responsible to identify a certified BAT testing facility, enroll, and receive a passing score. Law Enforcement Deputy Trainee applicants must provide proof of a passing Law Enforcement BAT exam within the last four years in order to continue in the Sheriff’s Office selection process. The cost of the BAT test(s) is incurred by the applicant.
 
More information on the BAT can be located at:
https://home.pearsonvue.com/fdle

Additional Job Requirements

  • Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 24 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph; reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; medical evaluation; and drug screening.

Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB)

The PEB assessment is designed to measure an applicant's aerobic capacity while also measuring their core and upper body strength. The primary goal of the PEB is to determine if an individual possesses the basic skills to perform the physical tasks required of sworn officers. Applicants who do not pass the PEB will not continue with the application process. Failure to meet any one of the minimum requirements will result in a failure of the PEB. 

Passing Requirements

  • 20 push-ups in one minute (minimum)
  • 25 sit-ups in one minute (minimum)
  • 14" vertical leap (minimum)
  • 300 meter run - 69 seconds (maximum)
  • 1 1/2 mile run - 15 minutes (maximum)
 

We believe that diversity and inclusion among our applicants and employees is critical to our success as a community partner. We seek to offer employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical/mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, and military/veteran status. We proudly recognize veterans' preference and are committed to a drug-free and tobacco-free workplace. Job information is updated daily at noon.