The training consists of a 2-week Sheriff's Orientation Training (S.O.T.), a 22-week academy, and approximately 10-week 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 also 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; and
Be 21 years of age or older; and
Be a United States citizen; and
Successful completion of pre-employment testing including the Law Enforcement Basic Abilities Test (Law Enforcement BAT) and the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB); 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
Be six (6) months tobacco free at the time of application; and
Must live in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Manatee County at the time of appointment.
Note on the BAT (also known as FBAT or CJBAT): Applicants for this recruitment will be responsible to identify a certified BAT testing facility, enroll, and receive a passing score. Law Enforcement Deputy Trainee applicants will be required to provide proof of having passed the Law Enforcement BAT exam within the last four years in order to continue in the Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) selection process. The cost of the BAT test(s) will be incurred by the applicant.
More information on the BAT can be located at: