Police Officer

Agency: Gainesville Police Department

Location: Gainesville FL

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement

 

Job Code:                              06252 - A

Closing Date/Time:             Sun. 04/09/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Salary:                                    $20.16 - $30.24 Hourly
$41,939.04 - $62,908.35 Annually 

Job Type:                              Full-Time Regular

 

The Gainesville Police Department is now hiring Police Officers.  Selected candidates will protect life and property through the enforcement of Federal, State and Local laws. A typical day will include being involved in the prevention, detection and investigation of crimes and maintaining law and order.

City Application Deadline
 April 9, 2017
 
Testing Dates:
 May 8 – 10, 2017 
 
Testing Location:                            
Gainesville Police Department, Gainesville, FL

Testing dates will be held for Certified Officers (in state / out of state).  Non-Certified who are currently seated in the Academy is preferred. 

To apply, please visit our 
City of Gainesville's Employment page by clicking on this link Apply for Available Positions starting on March 13, 2017 
Then, go to 
Background Forms  and thoroughly complete the:

 
**If selected, candidates will be notified on when and where to forward background packets, physician recommendation form along with required documentation.
 
Certified Police Officer:
To be considered for this position you must be a U.S. Citizen, at least 21 years of age at time of testing on May 8, 2017, possess a high school diploma or equivalency and meet one of the following criteria:

1. Possess Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission's Basic Law Enforcement Certification and

a. A Bachelor degree, an Associate degree or a minimum of 60 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university; or

b. 
a minimum of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university and 4 years active duty military service; or

c. 
a minimum of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university and 18 months experience as a State of Florida law enforcement officer; or

d. a minimum of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university and 2 years of certified criminal justice related operational work experience with a municipal/ county/ state or federal Law Enforcement agency

Non-Certified Police Officer
To be considered for this position you must be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age at time of testing on May 8, 2017, possess a high school diploma or equivalency (preference will be given if seated in a Florida Police Academy at the time of testing), and meet one of the following criteria:

a. a Bachelor degree, an Associate degree or a minimum of 60 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university; or

b.
  a minimum of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university and 2 years of military law enforcement experience; or

c.  a minimum of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university and 4 years active duty military service; or

d.
  a minimum of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university and 2 years of certified criminal justice related operational work experience with a municipal/ county/ state or federal Law Enforcement agency; or 

e.  a minimum of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university and 18 months experience as a Florida law enforcement officer

 NOTES:
Applicants must be citizens of the United States, 21 years old at the time of testing, and able to meet health, physical, psychological and background standards as set forth by the City of Gainesville and the State of Florida. 

Applicant's current lifestyle and recent history 36 months must be free of illicit or illegal drug use. 

Applicants must have no conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral character, perjury, or making false statements; nor after July 1, 1981 have pled guilty or nolo contendre to, or have been found guilty of any such crimes. 

Applicants must have no DUI convictions in the last 7 years.   

Successful completion of all phases of the training curriculum within one year of appointment is required for continued employment as a police officer by the Gainesville Police Department.

Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions and performing tasks in and around heavy traffic. Work requires physical strength and agility.
Refer to departmental job requirements for additional information. 

Applicants must successfully complete a polygraph examination administered by a certified Polygraph Examiner (the primary focus of this component is to assist in determining the accuracy of information provided by the applicant during the selection process).  

**May fill multiple positions 
     

Embracing change is the Gainesville way of life. 
Come join our team as we shift the culture from "No to Yes", "from reactive to proactive," "from policy-oriented to services-oriented", and "from siloes to teams".

 

 Job Description:

 

SUMMARY

This is law enforcement, crime prevention, and public assistance work protecting life and property through the enforcement of Federal, State and Local laws.  Employees in this classification are involved in the prevention, detection and investigation of crimes and maintaining law and order.

Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under limited supervision. Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its emphasis on public protection.

 

EXAMPLES OF WORK*

*This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position. The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job. Performance of lower level duties may be required.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Patrols a designated area either by vehicle or foot patrol; being familiar with the assigned area and the citizens living in the area.

Disperses unruly crowds at public gatherings.

Reports hazards or abandoned vehicles to the appropriate City department.

Uses a computer to type reports and other documents.

Directs/reroutes traffic around accidents, fire and/or other emergencies and hazards.

Maintains assigned equipment and work station.

Effectively interacts and communicates with the public.

Applies federal, state and local laws, Department Manual, Policy and Procedures, Patrol Directives, and Legal Bulletins.

Effectively participates in court-related processes.

Conducts criminal and crash investigations.

Secures crash and crime scenes, and the collection and submission of evidence.

Conducts interview, interrogation and statement acquisition.

Effectively participates in searches, seizures and arrests.

Conducts security and escort duties.

Renders first aid.

Will be required to respond under emergency conditions.

Issues warnings or tickets to violators of the law.

May be assigned desk officer duties on an assigned shift including maintaining logs and other records, receiving and acting on complaints and requests, facilitating the dispatch of officers to scenes of complaints, disturbances, crimes, and other emergencies. 

Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.

 

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QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Must meet one of the following criteria:

A Bachelor degree, an Associate degree or a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours from an accredited college or university; or who successfully complete the training program or

a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours from an accredited college or university and four (4) years active duty military service; or

a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours from an accredited college or university and eighteen (18) months experience as a State of Florida law enforcement officer; or

a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of certified criminal justice related operational work experience with a municipal, county, state, or federal law enforcement agency. 

 

CERTIFICATIONS OR LICENSES

Licenses

Valid State of Florida Driver License required at time of appointment.  Applicants must have a good driving record at time of appointment.

Gainesville Police Cadets who successfully complete the training program may be eligible for employment as a Police Officer if they are a citizen of the United States, are twenty (20) years of age at the time of testing, and able to meet health, physical, psychological and background standards as set forth by the City of Gainesville and the State of Florida.

With the exception of Gainesville Police Cadets who have successfully completed the training program, all other applicants must be a citizen of the United States, twenty-one (21) years of age at the time of testing, and able to meet health, physical, psychological and background standards as set forth by the City of Gainesville and the State of Florida.

Applicants must have no conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral character, perjury, or making false statements; nor after July 1, 1981, have pled guilty or nolo contendre to, or have been found guilty of any such crimes.

Applicant's current life style must be free of illicit or illegal drug use. Past use, if applicable, must be within an acceptable range with regard to last use, frequency of use, and type of drugs used.

Refer to departmental job requirements for additional information.

 

Certifications

Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission's Basic Law Enforcement Certification required at the time of appointment. 

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of Florida Statutes and City ordinances.

Knowledge of City geography.

Skill in use and care of firearms, in operating police vehicles and other required police equipment.

Ability to act effectively in diverse interpersonal settings.

Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine appropriate course of action under stress.

Ability to react quickly and calmly under emergency conditions.

Ability to prepare clear and comprehensive reports.

Ability to apply law enforcement principles and procedures to solve problems and to handle sensitive and hostile public contacts.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to obtain relevant and accurate information through interview, interrogation and observation.

Ability to handle difficult situations firmly, courteously and tactfully and with respect for the rights of others.

Ability to maintain security and confidentiality.

Working knowledge of computers and relevant software and the ability to apply such knowledge in the performance of job duties.

Ability to work effectively with coworkers and problem solving with the general public.

 

PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Per Gainesville Police Department General Order 22.3, police officers are required to maintain a level of physical fitness that will enable them to perform their essential duties effectively.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work may require performing tasks in and around heavy traffic.

Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions.