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.
*The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is hiring pre-certified law enforcement academy graduates. Candidates must meet all other minimum qualifications.
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.
Note: To be acquired during the training period.
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; or possess a State of Florida Law Enforcement Academy certification, and
Be 21 years of age or older (at the time of employment); and
Be a United States Citizen; and
Successful completion of the Criminal Justice Basics Ability Test (CJBAT); and
Possession of a valid Driver License; and
A passing score on pre-employment testing; and
Possession of a certified copy of a Birth Certificate; and
Possession of a Social Security card; and
Completion of the prescribed Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB); and
Provision of a copy of military discharge, DD-214 (if applicable); and
Have vision that meets Florida Driver’s License requirements; and
Cannot have tattoos that are visible to the public while wearing the standard uniform of the day or Class A uniform (long sleeve); and
Be of good moral character; and
Must be six (6) months tobacco free at the time of application; and
At the time of appointment, must live in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Manatee County.
Note on the CJBAT: Applicants for this recruitment will be responsible to identify a certified CJBAT testing facility, enroll, and receive a passing score. Law Enforcement Deputy Trainee applicants will be required to provide proof of having passed the CJBAT exam within the last four years in order to continue in the Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) selection process. The cost of the CJBAT test will be incurred by the applicant.
*Applicants who possess active law enforcement certification in the State of Florida do not need to take the BAT test.
More information on the FBAT/CJBAT can be located at: