Lakeland Electric Police Officer F/T – Florida Experienced (currently employed) in Lakeland, Florida


This is responsible Police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work involves the responsibility for prevention, detection and investigation of crimes and for maintaining law and order. Duties also consist of patrolling an assigned area, traffic regulation and direction and involvement in accident, criminal and other types of investigations. Duties may entail special assignments. Work involves an element of personal danger and may be performed in an automobile, on a motorcycle or on foot during an assigned shift. Assignments are received from superior officers and are carried out under established policies and procedures. Employees in this class must exercise considerable judgment and skill in their handling of emergencies. Performance is reviewed through conferences, handwritten and computer written reports inspections and observations by superiors. Example of Duties:

  • Patrols a designated area of the City to preserve law and order, to prevent and detect the commission of crime and to enforce traffic regulations.
  • Responds to calls and complaints involving traffic accidents, misdemeanors, felonies, and property crimes, crimes against persons and disputes and takes necessary police action.
  • Serves warrants and makes arrests.
  • Conducts investigations at crime scenes; gathers evidence; locates and questions witnesses; take detailed statements from witnesses and suspects; testifies as a witness in court proceedings.
  • Investigates traffic accidents and administers first aid.
  • Investigates sex crimes, vice and narcotic incidents and files cases with State Attorney's Office.
  • Gives talks before school and community groups on juvenile delinquency, crime prevention, or other topics related to law enforcement.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the use and care of firearms.
  • Supports and implements the community oriented policing concept.
  • Prepares written police reports, memorandums, and other correspondence.
  • Enforces State, Federal and local laws and ordinances. Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 19 years of age.

  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED from an accredited school or training facility.
  • Preference may be given to those applicants who possess an associate's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  • Applications will only be accepted for the Accelerated Application Process if the applicant:
  • Is currently employed as a full time sworn police officer in the State of Florida.
  • Has been a full time sworn police officer at their current department for, at minimum, the last 36 consecutive months. Special Requirements:

  • Must possess a valid state of Florida driver's license.

  • Must maintain a valid telephone number.
  • Applicants must meet all requirements established by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
  • Applicants must also possess a current state of Florida police officer certification. The requirements are enumerated in F.S. 943.13.
  • Applicants will be required to pass an extensive background investigation which includes, but is not limited to, a polygraph exam, drug screening examination, physical exam, psychological testing, prior to beginning employment as a Lakeland Police Officer.
  • May be required to work overtime, or alternate hours, as necessary for the efficient operation of the department.
  • Position may be designated as Mission Critical by Department Director. Supplemental Information:

  • Extensive knowledge of First Responder First Aid.

  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws and ordinances rules of evidence and laws regarding search and seizure.
  • Knowledge of departmental policies, rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and equipment used in police work.
  • Knowledge of the city's geography.
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other police equipment.
  • Ability to give chase on foot in the course of law enforcement/criminal apprehension activities.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, other public agencies, the media, City officials and between bureaus, divisions and units of the Police Department.
  • Ability to physically restrain persons in the course of law enforcement activities.
  • Ability to use a variety of communications skills to interact formally and informally with various community and ethnic groups.
  • Ability to use special techniques to establish and maintain professional contact with juveniles.
  • Ability to lift and/or move heavy objects or persons in the course of rescue activities.
  • Ability to work in conditions which are disagreeable in respect to exposure to the elements, exposure to hazardous materials or equipment, with the threat of bodily harm. Working Environment/Conditions:

  • Requires active work that involves walking, running and standing most of the time and exerting up to 150 pounds of force on a recurring basis.

  • The job risks exposure to pathogens, extreme hot/cold temperature, diverse weather conditions, heights, violence, dusts, pollens, traffic and electricity.
  • The job requires normal visual acuity, field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of smell depth perception and texture perception. Required Documents:

  • Copy of birth certificate.

  • Copy of valid driver license.
  • Copy of State of Florida Law Enforcement Certification.
  • Copy of High School Diploma.
  • Copy of DD-214 (Form-4) Military Discharge (if applicable). *Applicants are required to submit a copy of ALL required documents with the employment application. Applicants will not be eligible for employment until ALL required documents have been submitted to CIVIL SERVICE or uploaded with the application. Documents WILL NOT be accepted after the close of the job posting.*

Elements of the selection process:

Our system allows you to work on your application and save the application without submitting it. This is done to allow you to save your work and come back to finish the application without having to start over. If you submit your application and do not "complete" it before 4 p.m. on the posted close date (listed on the job opportunities page), your application will be rejected from the system and you will have to start the application over. Please remember that the application is not considered complete until the supplemental documents listed above are received by Civil Service. The application WILL NOT be accepted or reviewed until it is "complete."

After submission of the completed application (including ALL required documents), the application will be accepted. Once the application is accepted, the Personnel Services Section of the Lakeland Police Department will review the application and you will be contacted within 30 days of the "accepted" date.

If selected to move to the next phase, the applicant will attend an interview conducted by a panel. The panel will consist of a minimum of three police department members. The G.S.S staff will also take your fingerprints to assist in the background phase of the hiring process.

Those applicants that are selected for employment will be given a conditional offer of employment. The job offer is contingent upon the successful completion and approval of a polygraph examination, psychological fitness examination, medical examination, drug screen testing and completed background investigation. A thorough background Investigation will be completed on all candidates prior to employment.

The applicant will receive written notice by electronic mail at each phase of the selection process advising them that they were selected to move forward in the process or that they were not selected. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the e-mail address provided on the application is correct and to provide any updated information to Civil Service during the application process.

Once a decision has been reached to offer the applicant employment OR that the applicant will not be offered employment, applicants will be notified within 30 days. The intent of the Lakeland Police Department's General Services Section is that the selection process, from the date of the interview until the applicant is advised of a decision regarding employment, will not extend beyond 14 days.

When an applicant is selected for employment and all elements of the selection process have been passed, the applicant will begin the in house "Mini-Academy". The Mini-Academy is a seven week long training program that provides recruits with the necessary knowledge and skills to begin the Field Training Program. The required attendance will be determined on a case by case basis and can be completed in as little as two weeks dependent on experience level. Once the recruit successfully passes the Mini Academy they will begin the 16 week Field Training Program. The experienced officer can also be accelerated through the Field Training Program based on experience level and proficiency. The recruit will be on probationary status until their one year probationary period is successfully completed.


Reapplication, retesting, and re-evaluation of applicants not hired is permitted after six months as long as nothing in the applicants history indicates an unfitness for employment. Conditions that qualify as unfitness for employment include revelations of unacceptable drug use, criminal records, or other factors discovered during the selection process.

Background Investigation:

A background investigation of each candidate for all positions is conducted prior to appointment to probationary status. The background investigation may include, but is not limited to:

  • Verification of qualifying credentials
  • A review of any criminal record
  • A review of applicants driving record
  • Fingerprint check
  • Warrants check
  • Records check
  • Verification of at least three personal references
  • A review of prior employment/military history
  • A review of applicants employment and academy files
  • Review of social site/internet information **Be advised that sensitive or confidential aspects of the applicant's personal lives may be explored.

Psychological Fitness Examination:**

An emotional stability and psychological fitness examination of each candidate for a sworn position is conducted and assessed by a qualified professional prior to appointment to probationary status.

F.S. 943.13

Officers' minimum qualifications for employment or appointment.--On or after October 1, 1984, any person employed or appointed as a full-time, part-time, or auxiliary law enforcement officer or correctional officer; on or after October 1, 1986, any person employed as a full-time, part-time, or auxiliary correctional probation officer; and on or after October 1, 1986, any person employed as a full-time, part-time, or auxiliary correctional officer by a private entity under contract to the Department of Corrections, to a county commission, or to the Department of Management Services shall:

  • Be at least 19 years of age.
  • Be a citizen of the United States, notwithstanding any law of the state to the contrary.
  • Be a high school graduate or its "equivalent" as the commission has defined the term by rule.
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, or have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to or is found guilty of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement is not eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication. Notwithstanding this subsection, any person who has pled nolo contendere to a misdemeanor involving a false statement, prior to December 1, 1985, and has had such record sealed or expunged shall not be deemed ineligible for employment or appointment as an officer.
  • Have documentation of his or her processed fingerprints on file with the employing agency or, if a private correctional officer, have documentation of his or her processed fingerprints on file with the Department of Corrections or the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. If administrative delays are caused by the department or the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the person has complied with subsections (1)-(4) and (6)-(9), he or she may be employed or appointed for a period not to exceed 1 calendar year from the date he or she was employed or appointed or until return of the processed fingerprints documenting noncompliance with subsections (1)-(4) or subsection (7), whichever occurs first. Beginning January 15, 2007, the department shall retain and enter into the statewide automated fingerprint identification system authorized by s. 943.05 all fingerprints submitted to the department as required by this section. Thereafter, the fingerprints shall be available for all purposes and uses authorized for arrest fingerprint cards entered in the statewide automated fingerprint identification system pursuant to s. 943.051. The department shall search all arrest fingerprint cards received pursuant to s. 943.051 against the fingerprints retained in the statewide automated fingerprint identification system pursuant to this section and report to the employing agency any arrest records that are identified with the retained employee's fingerprints. By January 1, 2008, a person who must meet minimum qualifications as provided in this section and whose fingerprints are not retained by the department pursuant to this section must be re-fingerprinted. These fingerprints must be forwarded to the department for processing and retention.
  • Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or certified advanced registered nurse practitioner, based on specifications established by the commission. In order to be eligible for the presumption set forth in s. 112.18 while employed with an employing agency, a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or correctional probation officer must have successfully passed the physical examination required by this subsection upon entering into service as a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or correctional probation officer with the employing agency, which examination must have failed to reveal any evidence of tuberculosis, heart disease, or hypertension. A law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or correctional probation officer may not use a physical examination from a former employing agency for purposes of claiming the presumption set forth in s. 112.18 against the current employing agency.
  • Have a good moral character as determined by a background investigation under procedures established by the commission.
  • Execute and submit to the employing agency or, if a private correctional officer, submit to the appropriate governmental entity an affidavit-of-applicant form, adopted by the commission, attesting to his or her compliance with subsections (1)-(7). The affidavit shall be executed under oath and constitutes an official statement within the purview of s. 837.06. The affidavit shall include conspicuous language that the intentional false execution of the affidavit constitutes a misdemeanor of the second degree. The affidavit shall be retained by the employing agency.
  • Complete a commission-approved basic recruit training program for the applicable criminal justice discipline, unless exempt under this subsection. An applicant who has:
  • (a) Completed a comparable basic recruit training program for the applicable criminal justice discipline in another state or for the Federal Government; and
  • (b) Served as a full-time sworn officer in another state or for the Federal Government for at least 1 year provided there is no more than an 8-year break in employment, as measured from the separation date of the most recent qualifying employment to the time a complete application is submitted for an exemption under this section, is exempt in accordance with s. 943.131(2) from completing the commission-approved basic recruit training program.
  • Achieve an acceptable score on the officer certification examination for the applicable criminal justice discipline.
  • Comply with the continuing training or education requirements of s. 943.135. The City of Lakeland is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and a Drug Free work place.

Job Title: Police Officer F/T – Florida Experienced (currently employed)

Closing Date/Time: Fri. 06/30/17 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Salary: $19.92 - $31.07 Hourly

Job Type: Full Time Regular

Location: City of Lakeland, Civil Service, 500 N. Lake Parker Avenue, Lakeland, Florida

Department: GSS General Services 1407110000