Law Enforcement Officer

University of South Florida


EducationAssociate’s Degree
SkillsDriver’s License
BenefitsDental Insurance
Health Insurance
Retirement Plan
Life Insurance
Position Details

Department Number/Name: 0-0261-000/University Police

College/Division: Business & Financial Strategy-Public Safety

Salary Plan: Staff

Job Code/Title : 8515/Law Enforcement Officer

Hiring Salary/Salary Range: $49,000 annually

Position Numbers: 00004632, 00004641, 00004645, 00016498

The University of South Florida Police Department (USFPD) is a full service law enforcement agency dedicated to providing a safe environment for and in partnership with the community, while remaining committed to assisting with personal and professional development of department members, and to the principle of being community minded and service driven.

USFPD is organized into various bureaus, divisions, sections, squads, and units. The department is led by a command staff comprised of sworn and non-sworn members of the rank of lieutenant and higher, a communications and records manager, and public information representative; all of whom report to the chief of police through an established chain-of-command.

The Operations Bureau is commanded by a captain who oversees the Patrol and Special Operations Divisions; each of which are commanded by a lieutenant. The Patrol Division is further broken down into four squads which provide direct law enforcement services to the community. The Special Operations Division includes the Community OutReach & Enforcement (CORE) and Criminal Investigations Sections; both of which are led by a sergeant. The Administration Bureau is also commanded by a captain who oversees the Support Services and Communications & Records Divisions. Support Services is led by a lieutenant and includes the Professional Standards and Information Technology Sections. The accreditation, training and background investigation units fall within the Professional Standards Section which is managed by a sergeant. The Communications & Records Division reports to a non-sworn manager.

Patrols streets, buildings, and grounds to enforce traffic and criminal laws.
Issues warnings and citations for traffic violations.
Conducts investigations into criminal and non-criminal incidents.
Interviews witnesses, victims, and interrogates suspects.
Properly searches for, locates, previews, protects, and processes crime scene for evidence.
Apprehends, arrests, and processes criminal violators.
Obtains, verifies, and executes arrest/search warrants.
Composes reports when documenting crimes, incidents and activity.
Provides crowd and traffic control during University and special events.
Maintains community relations by focusing on information and education.
Uses available agencies and support groups to assist citizens.
Other duties as assigned.

Must meet requirements of Chapter 943.13, Florida Statutes.

Prior sworn Law Enforcement Officer experience or an Associate’s Degree or higher with two years’ experience.

Must have graduated from an accredited law enforcement academy in the state of Florida, or currently attending a commissioned Florida Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program. Graduates from law enforcement academies outside the state of Florida must have completed, or be enrolled in, a program for Equivalency of Training (EOT: transitional academy).

Completion of an approved Florida Law Enforcement Academy or Florida Equivalency of Training (EOT) and passing the State of Florida Law Enforcement Certification Exam are conditions of employment. Employees in this classification are required to maintain all mandatory job related certifications to include but not limited to firearms qualification, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and Florida State driver’s license. Cover letter and resume are required to apply for this positon.

Additional Information for Applicants:
Applicants must be 19 years of age and a U.S. citizen; must have no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude (as required for Florida State Law Enforcement Certification). A COVER LETTER AND RESUME ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION.

Applicants must not have used illegal drugs in the last 3 years, must pass a post-offer physical and psychological examination and a physical ability test. Applicants are subject to a rigorous background investigation which includes driving record, credit history check, FBI fingerprint check, and a truth verification examination.

A three year employment agreement is required of all new law enforcement officers prior to initial start date.

For Equivalency of Training (EOT: transitional academy). Please visit .

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Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a Level 2 criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 23457

Posting Date: 10/30/2019

Posting End Date: 11/29/2019

How to Claim Veteran’s Preference :
This position allows eligible veterans and their spouses to claim Veterans’ Preference pursuant to Florida Statute 295.

Applicants claiming preference are responsible for providing required documentation AT THE TIME OF SUBMITTING APPLICATION; such documentation is required for eligibility determination.

Supporting documentation, in addition to the DD214, may be required based on eligibility criteria. If you are submitting a DD 214, please ensure the social security number and date of birth is redacted/removed.

For information on obtaining a DD 214 visit or call 1-866-272-6272.

How To Apply

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Apply online by completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.

Work Location

Campus map and location overview: USF – Tampa Campus

About USF

The University of South Florida System is a high-impact, global research system dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The institutions are separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All institutions have distinct missions and their own detailed strategic plans. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Working at USF

With more than 16,000 employees in the USF System, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region. At USF you will find opportunities to excel in a rich academic environment that fosters the development and advancement of our employees. We believe in creating a talented, engaged and driven workforce through on-going development and career opportunities. We also offer a first class benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance plans, retirement plan options, tuition program and generous leave programs and more.

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