Police Officer 2nd Class - Sarasota County Government, FL

January 22, 2019

Sarasota County Government,FL

Police Officer 2nd Class



To provide a variety of police activities as an officer in probationary status.

Please Note: You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below or your application will be rejected.

The selection process for Police Officer 2nd Class with the City includes:

Complete Online Application with required, qualifying attachments*
Application Review by Police Recruiter
Complete Comprehensive Police Application
Physical Abilities Test
Oral Board
Interview with Background Investigator and Captain
Background Investigation including fingerprinting
Conditional Letter of Hire
Drug Screen
Medical Evaluation (including hearing test & functional baseline)
Psychological Evaluation
Final Interviews

The entire process can take four to nine months to complete. Steps may occur in any order with the exception of Section III, which will only be conducted after acceptance of a conditional offer letter.

*MUST attach qualifying Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST)**  results OR a copy of an Associate Degree or higher OR a copy of degree transcripts. This MUST be done REGARDLESS of whether or not you are a certified LEO.

**Qualifying WBST score is 10.0 or higher grade equivalency in Verbal and Quantitative Skills resulting from a proctored test.

To schedule the WBST or to locate a testing center in your area, call Suncoast Technical College at 941.924.1365 x 62322

To learn about Florida Equivalency of Training, please click here


Essential Functions

 May perform assigned duties alone or in the presence of a superior officer.
 Patrols assigned area in radio car; checks doors, windows and premises of unoccupied buildings or residences in order to detect suspicious conditions.
 Conducts or assists in investigations of suspicious condition, complaints or criminal activity.
 May direct traffic, make arrests, issue violation tickets, warnings, etc. in regard to traffic enforcement.
 Maintains order of crowds and attends parades, funerals and other public gatherings.
 Prepares and compiles reports and maintains police records.
 Gives information concerning the location of streets, routes and buildings; directs traffic at intersections or at emergency scenes.
 Conducts tests to determine intoxication.
The intent of this class description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that would be required of classifications given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Incumbent may be required to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this job description.

Minimum Qualifications

 High School or GED
 Minimum age of 21 and must be a citizen of the United States.
 Possession of a valid Driver's License and upon employment the ability to possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Driver's License is required.
 In good physical and mental health as determined by licensed physicians designated by the City.
 Vision requirements of 20/100 uncorrected in each eye, correctable to 20/30 in each eye must be met.
 Must have no felony convictions and have no misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, a false statement or moral turpitude.
 Military personnel must have an honorable discharge and supply form DD-214, DD-256 or NGB22 where applicable.
 Must successfully complete the application, testing, and background process.
 Of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
 Must have minimum score of 10.0 on the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) for each area of Verbal and Quantitative Skills. WBST is waived with submission of certified transcript for those applicants with an Associate Degree or higher.

Job Based Competencies

 Ability to acquire thorough knowledge of City laws and ordinance, State statutes, geography, departmental policies, regulations and procedures, first-aid methods, and the use and care of firearms, intermediate weapons, empty hand control tactics and motor vehicles.
 Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergencies.
Ability to swim.
 Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors, and general public.
 Ability to learn a wide variety of police duties and methods within a reasonable training period.

Health Insurance

You will be eligible for medical benefits starting the 1st of the month following employment date. Click here for details about available plans.
Life Insurance
The City provides a basic $10,000 policy at no cost to the employee.  Additional optional insurance may be purchased.  Click here for information about optional benefits. 
The City maintains separate pension plans for sworn and non-sworn employees.  Click here for pension information.
All officers are provided with uniforms, weapons, leather gear and all other necessary equipment, including shoes.  Laundry service for uniforms is provided.
Miscellaneous Benefits
Deferred Compensation Plan
City Resident Incentive Pay
Take Home Car Program
Credit Union Eligibility
Sick Leave


Do you have a High School Diploma or verifiable GED?
  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate your highest level of education. If your education includes an Associate Degree or higher, please attach a copy of the degree or degree transcripts:
  • No Diploma or Degree
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Post High School Vocational or Technical School
  • Some College or Business School Training
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Master Degree
  • Ph.D, JD, MD or similar
Have you completed the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) , within the last two years and received a score of at least 10.0 grade equivalency in Verbal and Quantitative Skills? If so, please attach a copy.
  • No
  • Yes
Are you 21 years of age or older?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you meet the vision requirement of 20/100 uncorrected in each eye correctable to 20/30 in each eye?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you a U.S. citizen?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you had a misdemeanor conviction involving perjury, a false statement or moral terpitude?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you had a felony conviction?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a valid Driver's License?
  • Yes, Florida Driver's License
  • I have an out of state Driver's License
  • No, I do not have a Driver's License
List all driver's licenses ever issued to you, including the most current, and the state or agency from which it was issued. Include any military license or learner's permit:
Please list all traffic citations ever received. Include moving and non-moving citations and court disposition, whether or not they appear on your driving history. If this does not apply, please state, "N/A":
Please list all at-fault motor vehicle accidents where you were the vehicle's driver or operator, whether reported or unreported. Please provide complete details for each incident. If this does not apply, please state, "N/A":
Did you claim Veteran's Preference on the Agency-Wide questions?
  • Yes, I claimed Veterans Preference
  • No, I did not claim Veterans Preference
  • I did not serve in the U.S. Military
If you were in the U.S. Military did you receive an Honorable Discharge? Please attach a copy of your DD-214, DD-256, or NGB-22.
  • Yes, I received an Honorable Discharge
  • No, I did not receive an Honorable Discharge
  • I did not serve in the U.S. Military
What was your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)? If this does not apply, please state, "N/A":
List any specialized training received in the U.S. Military. If this does not apply, please state, "N/A":
List any disciplinary actions received while in the U.S. Military. If this does not apply, please state, "N/A":
Please list all law enforcement academies to which you have applied or attended. Please indicate whether or not the program was completed and, if not, why. If this does not apply, please state, "N/A":
Are you a certified law enforcement officer (LEO)? If so, please attach a copy of your certification.
  • No LEO certification
  • Florida Certified LEO
  • Other Certified LEO
If you are not Florida Certified LEO, please indicate through which state you are certified. If this does not apply, please state, "N/A":
Have you completed Equivalency of Training (EOT)? If so, please list the academy and date completed. Attach a copy of the program certificate and, if applicable, the Florida State Officer Examination results. If this does not apply, please state, "N/A":
Please list all agencies to which you have ever applied for LEO or corrections positions. Include the following for each agency or application: a) Status - open or closed; b) Step(s) completed; and c) Status of last step completed - passed/failed/unknown. If this does not apply, please state, "N/A":
In your own words (50 words or more), describe your interest in law enforcement with the Sarasota Police Department:
VERY IMPORTANT: I confirm that I have attached all required documentation to complete this application and have indicated those items attached below. I understand that even if I am a certified LEO, I MUST attach a copy of either qualifying WBST results OR a copy of an Associate Degree or higher OR Associate Degree or higher transcripts. I understand that failure to attach the required items will result in rejection of this application:
  • Qualifying WBST results
  • Copy of an Associate Degree or higher
  • Copy of qualifying (conferred) degree transcripts
  • Military DD-214, DD-256, and/or Form NGB-22
  • Florida Law Enforcement Officer Certification
  • Florida State Officer Examination Test Results
  • Equivalency of Training

* Required Question

Closing Date / Removed from Database Date
December 31, 2019

  All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description.