Competitive candidates are encouraged to apply for a limited number of paid sponsorships to a law enforcement academy. A strong candidate has a good work history and a low incident rate of substance abuse.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Applicants with body ornamentation (tattoos) shall not have any visible body ornamentation on the head, face, and neck area, which includes the visible skin while wearing a collared uniform shirt with an unbuttoned top button. Employees shall not have any visible body ornamentation located on the hands which is defined as the area from wrist to fingertips; however, a tattoo simulating a wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand will not be considered excessive as described herein. Applicants are encouraged to read the agency body ornamentation policy (Download PDF reader)before applying.
PROCESSING & TRAINING
All candidates for sponsorship positions will participate in the following steps:
Once selected for processing, candidates for academy sponsorship must take the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) available at any law enforcement academy in the State of Florida.
Processing time on average is 3-5 months.
Deputy Sheriffs are responsible for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of laws and regulations. This work involves an element of personal danger and frequent contact with the public during routine and emergency situations.
Recruits hired for sponsorship to the law enforcement academy attend the award winning program at the Valencia College Criminal Justice Institute. This 20-week course is one of the most challenging in the State, both academically and physically.
Academy graduates are sworn-in as deputy sheriffs and begin Basic Recruit Training (BRT). This extensive 9-week program covers all high liability areas, including driving, shooting, defensive tactics, and agency policies and procedures. After successfully completing Basic Recruit Training, new deputies will complete an additional 14 weeks in the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP).