Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

  • Law Enforcement Deputy Trainee

    Job Location US-FL-Tampa
    Job ID
  • Salary Minimum

    USD $39,520.00/Yr.

    Salary Maximum

    USD $50,148.80/Yr.


    The training consists of a 2-week Academy Orientation, 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.


    Non-standard hours including nights, holidays and weekends


    Completion of trainee and twelve-month specialist probation

    Location (Subject to Change)

    Various locations throughout Hillsborough County

    Major Duties (Not Limited to the Following)

    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.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    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.

    Minimum Qualifications

    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 institution of higher education; and

    Successful completion of pre-employment testing including the Law Enforcement Basic Abilities Test (Law Enforcement BAT) and the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB).


    A high school diploma or possession of a GED Certificate; and

    Three years full-time employment with same employer; and

    Successful completion of pre-employment testing including the Law Enforcement Basic Abilities Test (Law Enforcement BAT) and the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB). 


    A high school diploma or possession of a GED Certificate; and

    Three years active duty militaryand

    Successful completion of pre-employment testing including the Law Enforcement Basic Abilities Test (Law Enforcement BAT) and the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB). 


    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 selection process. The cost of the BAT test(s) will be incurred by the applicant.


    More information on the BAT can be located at:


    Additional Requirements

    • Depending on area of assignment, incumbents may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
    • No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
    • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
    • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 24 months.
    • No felony convictions within lifetime.
    • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
    • 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, reference/employment/neighborhood checks, medical evaluation, and drug screening.
    • Be 21 years of age or older.
    • Be a United States citizen.
    • Be of good moral character.
    • Be six (6) months tobacco free at the time of application.
    • Must live within Hillsborough County OR live within Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, or Sumter County as long as the residence is located within the 60-mile parameter of Falkenburg Road Jail at the time of appointment.

    Benefit Information

    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


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