Deputy Sheriff Recruit - Law Enforcement

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office - Largo, Florida

Sep 13, 2023

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2023

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$50,000 annual

Job Description

Under the general direction of a Law Enforcement Training Sergeant, or designee, participates in the Law Enforcement Academy sponsored by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. During such time, members are required to maintain education and performance standards in all areas of training as defined by the St. Petersburg College (SPC) and Southeastern Public Safety Institute (SEPSI) in conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

Upon successful completion of the academy and receiving a passing score on the state exam, Law Enforcement Deputy Recruits will continue recruit training in high liability functions at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Position requires the member to work on rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

Members in this position must reside in the following counties: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, or Hernando

Due to the different application processes, when applying for any Deputy vacancy we ask that you limit your application to only this position.

Hiring Incentives:

  • Signing bonus = $3,000
  • Academy Sponsorship
  • Paid salary while attending academy
  • Upon successful completion of academy, salary increases to $57,200

All applicants must meet all qualifications necessary to become a student at St. Petersburg College (SPC).

If you have been a prior SPC student and were placed on academic probation, expelled, or have outstanding debt, you must address and resolve those issues with SPC.

The Law Enforcement Academy is 21 weeks long - must be flexible with their schedule to complete this.

Applicants must be tobacco/nicotine free for six months prior to submitting application and during length of employment.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office strives to provide our employees with the best benefits possible. Some of the benefits are Annual Leave (120 hours), Health Insurance, Wellness Incentives, and Education Assistance Program.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is an EEO/ADA employer and is committed to being a drug free workplace.


Any questions can be directed to Human Resources at 727-582-6208

Additional Information

• Must be at least 21 years of age

• High School graduation or equivalent diploma from an institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) or licensed as a degree granting institution by the Commission for Independent Education

• College credits from a regionally accredited college that includes English Comp I OR successfully pass the PERT administered by St. Petersburg College (SPC)

• Pass the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT)** for Law Enforcement

• Pass the Police Officer’s Selection Test (POST)** administered by Human Resources

• Pass the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office new hire physical assessment

• Successful completion of law enforcement training as required by the State of Florida

• Upon completion of training, must obtain certification by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission as authorized by F.S.S. 943.13

• Must have a valid Florida Driver’s License (minimum Class E)

• Consideration for this position requires a credit check

**Applicants who qualify as a Veteran or hold an Associate Degree or higher from an accredited college or university are exempt from taking the CJBAT and the POST

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 years of age minimum
  • Education: High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Experience: none

The physical abilities listed below are requirements to perform the essential functions and responsibilities.

• Requires satisfactory medical standards as stated on FDLE form CJSTC 75A, agency medical physical clearance form, and the following:

o Visual acuity of 20/30 vision standard in each eye; if corrective lenses must be used to satisfy 20/30 vision standard, uncorrected vision should be no worse than 20/100 in each eye

o Hearing acuity, single hearing levels should not exceed 25 decibels at either 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, or 2000 Hz nor exceed 30 decibels at 3000 Hz frequencies in each ear

• Ability to lift 50 lbs. from floor to waist

• Ability to perceive sounds at normal voice range and sounds transmitted by radio and sirens

• Ability to maintain a level of physical conditioning to be able to physically subdue, restrain, and apprehend law violators

• Ability to meet requirements of periodic in-service training in all high liability areas (firearms, defensive tactics, A.S.P., tactical driving)

• Ability to operate authorized revolver or semi-automatic handguns designated by the agency from a standing, crouching, kneeling, or prone position with either hand with accuracy; essentials for this requirement shall consist of, but not be limited to, the following: grip, stance, sighting under various lighting conditions, trigger control, body positioning, drawing techniques and loading/unloading

• Ability to drive a motor vehicle in a safe and efficient manner

• Ability to obtain and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license (minimum Class E)

• Ability to utilize standard vehicle emergency equipment; ability to use mirrors for safe vehicle operation

• Ability to properly identify colors utilized in descriptions

Ability to perform all functions of the job classification without posing a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the work place

Contact Information

Human Resources

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
10750 Ulmerton Rd. PO Box 2500
Largo, Florida 33778
phone: 1 727 582 6208

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