Law Enforcement Deputy Trainee
The training consists of a two week Sheriff's Orientation Training (S.O.T.), a six month academy and 8 to 10 weeks of 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 law enforcement trainee duties to become certified as a law enforcement officer and eligible for promotion to Law Enforcement Deputy.
$17.66-$24.11 Hourly; $36,732.80-$50,148.80 Yearly ($48,026.16 after completion of training)
$17.66 Hourly / $36,732.80 Yearly
Non-standard hours including nights and weekends.
Various locations throughout Hillsborough County.
Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described 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.
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.
Note: Applicants must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered minimally qualified for the job.
• An Associate’s degree or equivalent (60 semester or 90 quarter hours of study) from an accredited college or university;
• Be 21 years of age or older (at the time of employment).
• Be a United States Citizen.
• Possess a valid driver's license at the time of application.
• Possess a certified copy of a Birth Certificate.
• Possess a Social Security card.
• Complete the prescribed Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB).
• Provide a copy of military discharge, DD-214 (if applicable).
• Pass prescribed physical examination.
• Vision must meet Florida Drivers License requirements.
• Cannot have tattoos that are visible to the public while wearing the standard uniform of the day or Class A uniform (long sleeve).
• Be of good moral character.
• Arrests or other law enforcement interaction involving perjury, false statements, domestic violence or criminal traffic offenses will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
• Must be six (6) months tobacco free at the time of application.
• Successful completion of the Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT) or Criminal Justice Basics Ability Test (CJBAT).
• At the time of hire, must live in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Manatee County.
Note on the FBAT/CJBAT: Applicants for this recruitment are responsible to identify a certified FBAT/CJBAT testing facility, enroll, and receive a passing score. Applicants are required to provide proof of having passed the FBAT/CJBAT exam within the last four years in order to continue in the selection process. The cost of the FBAT/CJBAT test will be incurred by the applicant.
More information on the FBAT/CJBAT can be located at:
• Possession of a valid Florida driver's license at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
• No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
• No illegal drug use within the past 36 months.
• No illegal drug use after 30 years of age.
• No felony convictions.
• No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence.
• Prior military personnel must not have a 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 examination and criminal history check including fingerprints.
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