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Law Enforcement Lieutenant

  • Job Code: V2724
  • Pay Grade:VS
  • Pay Scale:$40.21-$49.89 Hourly; $87,818.64-$108,959.76 Annually
  • Exempt:No


Perform supervisory and administrative duties as a law enforcement officer in a major division of the Sheriff’s Office.

Duties & Responsibilities

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

  • Supervise the work of assigned officers by scheduling, assigning, and reviewing work and provide training, counseling, and evaluate performance.
  • Assign officers to patrol areas to detect and monitor possible criminal activity, interrogate suspicious persons, and maintain law and order.
  • Review investigative reports for completeness and suggest courses of action.
  • Investigate cases presenting unusual or difficult problems and oversee major criminal investigations.
  • Assist in formulating policies and procedures to ensure maximum utilization of personnel.
  • Advise assigned officers of changes in departmental policies, regulations, new techniques in law enforcement, and the implications of these changes.
  • Maintain close liaison with all other departments and agencies associated with law enforcement.
  • Prepare and submit daily shift activity reports in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOP) and directives.
  • Receive and record warrants and court orders.
  • Collect 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.
  • Maintain patrol car, weapons, and other law enforcement equipment to ensure operational readiness.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of local, state, and federal laws pertinent to law enforcement.
  • Extensive knowledge of law enforcement guidelines and criminal investigation methods and techniques.
  • Extensive knowledge of supervisory, interpersonal, and public relations techniques.
  • Extensive knowledge of traffic accident control measures and investigation methods and techniques.
  • Extensive knowledge of court procedures.
  • Skill in the use and care of firearms and other law enforcement equipment.
  • Skill in administering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • 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 use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to meet specific physical requirements as may be established by competent authority.

Minimum Education & Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Eighteen months of continuous experience as a Law Enforcement Sergeant with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) by the time of the Promotion Application deadline.
Additionally, the following are required:
  • Possession of a valid Florida Driver License.
  • Promotion Application.
  • Eighty hours of subject-specific advanced, specialized training, or career development courses.
  • No punitive disciplinary action consisting of a 5-day suspension or greater and/or involuntary or voluntary demotion within the last two years.
  • An overall rating of three “fully acceptable” or better on the annual evaluation in the Employee Performance Management System (EPMS) for the three years prior to the Promotion Application deadline.
  • A rating of three “fully acceptable” or better in each dimensional category on the annual evaluation in EPMS within the one year prior to the Promotion Application deadline.
  • Live within Hillsborough County or within Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, 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 the time of appointment/employment.

Required Pre-Employment Testing

  • Maintenance of a valid passing test score on the HCSO Lieutenant Promotional Exam.
  • One time participation in the HCSO Lieutenant Assessment Center.
  • Successful completion of the HCSO Fitness Challenge as designed within one year prior to the Promotion Application submission.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
  • 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 12 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 background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.

General Benefit Information

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
  • Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid training