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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.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBLITIES:
- 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 crimes, incidents and files cases with State Attorney’s Office.
- Demonstrates proficiency in the use and care of firearms and other police equipment.
- Supports and implements the community oriented policing concept.
- Prepares written police reports, memorandums, and other correspondence.
- Enforces State, Federal and local laws and ordinances.
- Makes decisions and takes actions in stressful and dangerous decisions situations taking into account legal, policy, and safety factors.
- Ability to give chase on foot in the course of law enforcement/criminal apprehension activities.
- Ability to physically restrain persons in the course of law enforcement activities.
- 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.
- Requires active work that involves walking, running and standing most of the time, exerting up to 150 pounds of force on a recurring basis, and routine keyboard operations.
- Requires the ability to work 12 or 8.4 hour shifts, both midnight or day shifts, as determined by department needs.
- Required to work overtime, or alternate hours, as necessary for the efficient operation of the department. Position is designated as Mission Critical by Department Director.
- Requires the ability to wear/carry up to 30 lbs. of equipment continuously.
- Requires the ability to operate a vehicle in normal and emergency conditions, daytime, night-time, and adverse weather and have a valid Florida Driver’s License or have the ability to obtain one prior to hiring.
- Requires dexterity and grip strength to operate law enforcement equipment such as firearms, handcuffs, radios, batons, and personal protective equipment (PPE), including an air purifying respirator.
- Requires the ability to wear and/or operate personal protective equipment as required including, but not limited to, belts, ballistic vests, ballistic shields, and ballistic helmets.
- Requires the ability to sit and stand for prolonged periods.
- Meets Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) requirements including moral character (Florida Rule 11B-27.0011)
- Hearing ability sufficient to understand radio transmissions and, conversations with other individuals both in person and over a telephone.
- Speaking ability sufficient to communicate effectively with other individuals in person, over a telephone and over a radio.
- Must be able to pass mandated psychological testing to perform duties and responsibilities of the position.
- Visual ability sufficient to operate a police vehicle both by day and night, to observe criminal actions taking place, to observe traffic violations taking place, to read and write reports, correspondence, etc.
- May serve as Police Sergeant when assigned.
- Performs related work as required.
QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE):
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must possess a high school diploma or GED from an accredited school or training facility.
- 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 or meet Commission Comparable Compliance prior to employment. The requirements are enumerated in F.S. 943.13
- Applications may be accepted if the applicant has been accepted into or currently attending a Commission approved Basic Law Enforcement Academy or has met the requirements for the Equivalency of Training Program.
- Ability to read, write, and speak the English language.
- Must possess a valid state of Florida driver’s license or have the ability to obtain one.
- Must maintain a valid telephone number.
- Applicants will be required to pass an extensive background investigation which includes, but is not limited to, a polygraph exam, physical agility test, drug screening examination, physical exam, psychological testing, credit checks, and be of good moral character, etc., prior to being offered employment as a Lakeland Police Officer.
NOTICE: All education and/or experience requirement must be fully met. Consideration for exception will only be given to recruits who display exemplary law enforcement experience or other circumstances. Exceptions made to any qualification requirements must be discussed and approved by the Chief of Police and the Civil Service Director or designee.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
- 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.
- 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 use a variety of communication skills to interact formally and informally with various community and ethnic groups.
- Ability to use special techniques to establish and maintain professional contact with the public
- Ability to give talks before school and community groups on topics related to law enforcement.
- Requires the ability to maintain a state of awareness and vigilance commensurate with officer safety responsibilities.
- The job risks exposure to pathogens, extreme hot/cold temperatures, diverse weather conditions, heights, violence, dusts, pollens, traffic, and electricity
1. Copy of DD214 – Military Discharge (if applicable).
Applicants for the position of POLICE OFFICER 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.
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. 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 General Services Section of the Lakeland Police Department will review the application and you will be contacted within 60 days of the “accepted” date.
If chosen to move on to the Testing Phase, you will be required to take and pass a Physical Abilities Test.
Once you have taken and passed the Physical Abilities Test, a biographical interview will be completed. During biographical interview a member of the G.S.S. staff will conduct a full comprehensive review of the application submitted to confirm accuracy of the information provided. Information and instructions will be provided for the submission of a Personal History Questionnaire, which will be required to move forward in the process.
The G.S.S staff will also take your fingerprints to assist in the background phase of the hiring process.
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.
A thorough background Investigation will be completed on all candidates prior to employment.
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.
The applicant will receive written notice either by mail or 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 post exam until the applicant is advised of a decision regarding employment, will not extend beyond 180 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. Once the recruit successfully passes the Mini Academy they will begin the 16-week Field Training Program. 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 applicant’s 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.
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:
a. verification of qualifying credentials
b. a review of any criminal record
c. a review of applicants driving record
d. fingerprint check
e. warrants check
f. records check
g. verification of at least three personal references
h. a review of prior employment/military history
i. a review of applicants employment and academy files
j. review of social site/internet information
Be advised that sensitive or confidential aspects of the applicant’s personal lives may be explored.
Physical Ability Test:
This test consists of a standardized obstacle course which was created and recommended by the FDLE Criminal Justice and Standards Training Commission for Police Officers. It simulates activities that may be encountered while working in this position at the Lakeland Police Department.
Applicants should wear proper clothing and shoes for the test. Test is administered on a pass/fail basis.
The course consists of the following tasks (not necessarily in the order you may experience them). The time limit for this test is 6 minutes and 4 seconds:
- Exit from the seated, safety belted driver’s position of a parked motor vehicle
- With opposite hands, remove two flags fastened to a belt with Velcro, from your back
- Utilizing the vehicles’ keys, retrieve from the car trunk a flashlight to be carried during the following stages:
- 220 yard run (twice)
- Jump over a four (4) foot wall
- Run through a series of cones
- Jump over a series of three (3) hurdles
- A low crawl under three (3) hurdles
- Drag a 150 pound dummy for 100 feet
- Dry fire a service pistol six (6) times with the strong hand and six (6) times with the weak hand
- Return the flashlight to the vehicle trunk
- Return to the safety belted driver’s position of the vehicle
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.
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:
(1) Be at least 19 years of age (21 for employment as a Lakeland Police Officer).
(2) Be a citizen of the United States, notwithstanding any law of the state to the contrary.
(3) Be a high school graduate or its “equivalent” as the commission has defined the term by rule.
(4) 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.
(5) 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.
(6) 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.
(7) Have a good moral character as determined by a background investigation under procedures established by the commission.
(8) 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.
(9) 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.
(10) Achieve an acceptable score on the officer certification examination for the applicable criminal justice discipline.
(11) 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.