Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
  • badge.jpgLaw Enforcement Deputy Trainee

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is actively recruiting for Law Enforcement Deputy Trainees. The recruitment period will remain open until further notice.

    NOTE: All candidates will attend the Sheriff's Orientation Training (SOT) and law enforcement academy.

    Major Duties (Not limited to the following): 

    • Patrolling assigned areas to detect and monitor possible criminal activity and interrogate suspicious persons.
    • Responding to emergency calls to provide assistance.
    • Investigating incidents for civil or criminal law violations.
    • Apprehending and arresting suspected law violators to ensure public safety.
    • Preparing and preserving evidence in accordance with directives to maintain chain of custody.
    • Testifying in court to provide an accurate account of investigation findings.
    • Controlling activities at traffic accident scenes by assisting victims or maintaining traffic flow.
    • Enforcing traffic laws by observing violations and issuing citations.
    • Providing information and assistance to the public.
    • Preparing and submits daily activity reports in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOP) and directives.
    • Transporting prisoners to court, medical or prison facilities.
    • Maintaining patrol car, weapons and other law enforcement equipment to insure operational readiness.
    • Performing other related duties as required.
    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 $17.23 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 $44,881.20 per year as a certified law enforcement deputy.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • 21 years of age or older.
    • Be a United States Citizen.
    • 60 semester hours / 90 quarter hours of study or equivalent Associate's Degree from an accredited college, university, community college, or
    • Three (3) years active duty U.S. Military service, or
    • Three (3) years experience as a law enforcement officer. Three (3) years service as a certified Detention Deputy or Reserve I or II Deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office meets this requirement. ( (NOTE: All candidates will be required to attend all basic training regardless of prior certifications)
    • Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of application and a valid Florida driver's license at time of appointment.
    • Must possess a certified copy of a Birth Certificate.
    • Must possess a Social Security card.
    • Must complete the prescribed Physical Abilities Assessment (PAA).
    • Provide a copy of military discharge, DD-214 (if applicable).
    • May not have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
    • Must pass prescribed physical examination.
    • Applicant's 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).
    • Must not have used any illegal drugs within 36 months of making application or after the age of 30.
    • Must be of good moral character.
    • No felony convictions, 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.
    • Will undergo criminal records check which includes fingerprints.
    • Must be six (6) months tobacco free at the time of application.
    • Must successfully pass an extensive background investigation and polygraph examination.
    • At the time of appointment, must live in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk or Manatee County.
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