Applicant Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB)
All Law Enforcement and Detention Deputy Trainee applicants must successfully complete the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB). The PEB assessment is designed to measure a candidate'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 law enforcement 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. Make sure that you know you are physically capable of completing the PEB.
PEBs are held the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at 7:15 am (appointments are required). Plan on spending 3 hours at the PEB. Candidates will receive an email from HCSO Human Resources with information on how to schedule an appointment for the PEB and what documents are required to bring to the PEB.
Make sure you arrive 15 minutes early. If you are late, you will not be admitted. See the Events section for upcoming dates and times.
The following minimum standards must be met to successfully complete the PEB:
- 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)
New Hire Academy Orientation Training
Since the launch of our pre-academy orientation training, the program has proven to be a legitimate and tactical assessment tool for recruits.
The Academy Orientation consists of a two week program that covers Sheriff's Office culture, expectations and standard operating procedures. Recruits will be required to report each day to either our range facility or Pinebrooke Training Center during the two-week training period (excluding weekends). During this time, trainees are immersed in the full Sheriff's Office experience. This allows our instructors to observe and assess each recruits performance in preparation for the academy.
It is important for each recruit to understand that the Academy Orientation Training demands a high level of discipline and physical conditioning which are needed in order to successfully complete the rigors of the academy and this career field. Prospective recruits should begin now to prepare physically and mentally to succeed in the program. The experience at the Academy Orientation Training will immerse the candidate in various tactical and procedural areas and the other components of training.
Academy Orientation Training is the first stage of training for all new law enforcement and detention deputy trainees. Upon successful completion, the recruit will continue on with their formalized training which includes the following:
- Six month academy at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) for Law Enforcement Deputy Trainee and four months for Detention Deputy Trainee
- Eight to ten weeks of module training
- Five Phase Field Training
The Sheriff's Office provides all books, materials, uniforms (except footwear), and weapons (law enforcement). Those selected for hire will receive $19.00 per hour (40 hour work week) and full benefits during this training period. After this training is completed, the recruit is sworn-in and their salary increases to $22.65 per hour (84 hours bi-weekly).