Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff

In-Town Applicant (Sworn)

NOTE: Candidates that successfully complete the pre-screen questionnaire and HCSO Application will be sent an email notification to submit necessary documents and dates to schedule the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) exam and proceed to the next step. In-Town Applicant (Sworn Positions)

If you currently live more than two hours from the Tampa area or outside the State of Florida you are considered and Out-of-Town Applicant. Use the Out-of-Town applicant process instead. Go now to the Out-of-Town Application Process.
Phase One

Pre-Qualification

  1. Complete and Pass the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) or Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT).

    1. How Do I Schedule the CJBAT/FBAT Test?

      • Contact a local testing facility to schedule the exam:
        • Hillsborough County Community College : skaminski2@hccfl.edu
        • Pasco Hernando Community College : (727) 816-3381
        • Police Applicant Screening Service : (727) 864-3822

        ** Passing Scores are 71% for Law Enforcement and 77% for Detention
         

Phase Two

Qualification

  1. Create a User Profile and Complete Pre-Screen Questionnaire and HCSO Application Using the HCSO Applicant Portal System.

    1. How Do I Create a User Profile and Fill Out the Questionnaire?

      • Access the HCSO Online Applicant Portal at:
        https://careers-hcso.icims.com
      • Navigate to the Job Listings heading and click on the "View all open positions" link.
      • Review the job qualifications and requirements.
      • Locate the Options heading (bottom of page) and click on the "Apply for this job online" link.
      • You will be directed to create a "NEW" online user profile. Follow the instructions to create a new profile to begin the application process.
      • After completion of the HCSO application, it will be reviewed by the Human Resources Staff.
      • If no additional information is required, the application will be forwarded for review to the HCSO Recruitment and Screening Section.
    NOTE: Candidates that successfully complete the pre-screen questionnaire and HCSO Application will be sent an email notification to submit necessary documents and dates to schedule the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) exam and proceed to the next step.
  2. Complete the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) Exam.

    1. How Do I Prepare for the PEB Exam?

        Information on the PEB can be found under Pre-Employment Prep Page
      • Official Transcripts are to be mailed to:
      • Recruitment and Screening Section
      • 2306 N. Falkenburg Road. Tampa FL 33601
      • NOTE: Candidates that successfully pass this phase will move forward to the next phase.
Phase Three

Competency

  1. Complete Personal Interview

    1. How Does the Personal Interview Work?

      • You will be assigned to a Background Investigator who will contact you to schedule a personal interview.
      • During the interview any areas of concern on your job application will be addressed with you.
      • The Background Investigator will review your entire HCSO job application with you.
      • Areas of deception are grounds for termination from the application process.
  2. Complete Fingerprints, Photographs and Polygraph Examination

    • Applicant will be fingerprinted.
    • Applicant will be photographed.
    • Applicant will submit to a pre-employment polygraph examination. Any information developed concerning current or past criminal history may be referred for further investigation to the appropriate authorities.
    NOTE: Candidates that successfully pass this phase will move forward to the next phase.
Phase Four

Competency

  1. Participate in Oral Review Board Interview

    • Applicants will be presented before an oral review board consisting of three ranking members of the Sheriff's Office Command staff.
    NOTE: Candidates that successfully pass this phase will move forward to the next phase.
Phase Five

Security

  1. Complete Extensive Background Investigation

    1. What's Included in the Background Investigation?

      • Contact personal references
      • Contact employer references
      • Contact neighbor references
      • Contact friend references
      • Contact law enforcement agencies
      • Contact credit bureau
    NOTE: Any derogatory information developed at this stage will be basis for disqualification.
Phase Six

Final Hiring

  1. Referred for Selection

    • If selected, you will receive a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE).
  2. Acceptance of Conditional Offer of Employment (COE)

    • Begin final hiring process.
  3. Candidate Will be Scheduled for the Following:

    • Medical Examination
    • Pre-Employment Drug Test
    • Psychological Evaluation
  4. NOTE: Candidates that successfully complete the final phase will be placed into a pool of candidates for a future Sheriff's Orientation Training (SOT) and academy. Positions are filled based on agency needs.

 
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