Message from the Chief
Thank you for taking the time to visit the University of Florida Police Department employment website. I am excited that you are considering the UFPD in your next career endeavor. Together we will protect and serve the University of Florida, and the Gainesville community.
I am extremely proud to be a part of such a progressive campus law enforcement agency. We are a state- and nationally-accredited agency established to provide the highest degree of safety and security possible for the UF community. We provide 24-hour-a-day patrol and protection of campus and local assets, enforce all laws and ordinances, and are committed to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property.
Like many municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies, we have a Criminal Investigations Division dedicated to investigating crimes occurring on our campus, as well as a Bicycle Patrol Unit, Critical Incident Response Team, four K-9 Teams, a Motorcycle Unit, Office of Victim Advocacy, Community Services Division, and other specialized units responsible for duties unique to the campus environment.
Below, you will find information about UFPD job opportunities, benefits and more. For any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. The University of Florida Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.
UFPD Chief and Assistant Vice President of Public and Environmental Safety
Working Together for a Safer Campus
At UFPD, we understand that hiring the best qualified applicants is a key activity in determining a department’s operational effectiveness. Our personnel office works diligently in recruiting diverse and highly-qualified candidates.
The UFPD is an integral part of the university’s dedication to developing and maintaining a safe and secure campus through the cooperative efforts of many university departments and community organizations. The UFPD is organized as a department of 89 sworn law enforcement officers and 72 civilian employees under the auspices of the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs.
All officers are professionally trained and state of Florida-certified, with the same authority and right to bear arms as any officer within the state. The department provides a full range of police services, including investigating all crimes committed in its jurisdiction, making arrests, providing crime prevention/community services programs, enforcing traffic laws and maintaining crowd control for campus special events. The department maintains a close liaison with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in implementing and coordinating campus law enforcement operations.
UFPD Employment Opportunities
Visit Careers at UF to view the current positions available with the University of Florida Police Department. Careers at UF will allow you to conduct job searches by simply entering key words such as “law enforcement” under the job search box or refining the search by selecting the categories provided. Applicants should complete their applications before the deadline and attach any required documents. For additional information on applicant resources please click here.
UFPD Interview Process
All interested applicants must complete an online application in Careers at UF. The University of Florida Police department Personnel Office and the University of Florida Office of Human Resources will coordinate the applicant selection process. If you are selected for interview, you will be contacted directly by the hiring department. Once the interview has been conducted, additional steps will take place prior to a job offer being made. If the position is filled or cancelled, you will receive an email notification. You can check the status of your application at any time by logging in to your account and viewing your submitted application.
UFPD Hiring Process
The hiring process at the University of Florida Police Department may take up to eight weeks depending on the UFPD Background Check Investigation. Selected job applicants will be issued a personal history statement packet that must be completed by the applicant within five days from the issued date. To learn more about the job applicant selection and hiring process at UFPD, please click here.
The University of Florida Police Department offers excellent benefits packages for full-time and part-time positions. For an overview of these benefits and more, click here.
Here are some of the outstanding benefits UFPD offers:
- Health Insurance Medical, Dental & Vision
- State of Florida Retirement Plans
- Sick Time, Vacation and Holiday Time off
- Employee Education Program
- Yearly Uniform Allowance
- Numerous Overtime Opportunities
Awards and Recognitions
The University of Florida Police Department awards and recognition programs recognize the remarkable efforts and contributions our employees make to support the success of our department and the safety of the University of Florida students, faculty and staff. We also recognize the efforts our employees make in assisting and partnering with our local communities. Below is a list of the outstanding UFPD awards and recognition programs.
- Distinguished Service Medal of Valor
- Meritorious Service Citation
- Letter of Commendation
- Police Service Award
- Life Saving Efforts Award
- Officer of the Year
- Support Person of the Year
- Student Employee of the Year
- Educational Achievement Award
- Safe Driver Award
UFPD Community Outreach Activities
- Coffee with a Cop
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
- Black on Black Crime Task Force
- The Student Community Oriented Police Effort (SCOPE)
- Special Olympics
- UFPD Ride Along Program
UFPD Job Titles
Please click on the title(s) that you are interested in before applying for the position(s) at UFPD. This will give you a better understanding of the job requirements and responsibilities for the position(s).
Police Communications (Telecommunications)
Police Service Technicians
Police Service Tech I (HSC)
Police Service Tech I (Nights)
The University of Florida Police department is dedicated to hiring military veterans. We salute and thank all the military veterans for their service.
The University of Florida is committed to providing preference to all veterans as prescribed by F.S. 295.07 and F.S. 295.11. Military veteran applicants can claim veteran preference when applying for positions with the University of Florida Police Department. Please click here for additional tools and resources for veteran applicants.
At The University of Florida Police Department, many law enforcement officers, non-sworn officers, and safety-related personnel have been successful in their positions as a result of their experiences and accomplishments they achieved during their military service.
“I was fortunate that my final duty station prior to leaving the military was at the West Point Military Academy, and I became very familiar with working in a college environment as a law enforcement officer. This experience translated perfectly with working at the University of Florida Police Department. For the past 20 years, I have enjoyed working for the UFPD and serving this great community. There is no doubt that the training, discipline, and experience I gained as a soldier in the U.S. Army helped me achieve the success I have had all these years.” — Officer John Savona
“Like serving in the military, this is not simply a job but a true profession. A profession staffed with like-minded, dedicated individuals who wanted to make a positive difference in their community and serve to make life better for all. As a soldier, I knew the sacrifices required each day and the preparedness needed to meet those sacrifices. This knowledge has helped me as a law enforcement professional at UFPD and is the basis for how I approach each day, prepared and ready.” — Sergeant Jeff Lamb
“The traits and training that I learned while proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps have assisted me in becoming a proud and successful member of the UFPD. These traits have helped me overcome and adapt to various situations that I have encountered and have assisted me each day on duty. My experience in the Marine Corps helped me stay prepared for whatever was thrown my way and to recognize that the unexpected requires instant decision making. The ability to quickly assess and make a quick decision is an essential part of being a law enforcement officer. In law enforcement, you always have to expect the unexpected and be prepared at all times both mentally and physically.” — Officer Henri Belleville
UFPD Employee Testimonials
“As a Police Officer at the University Of Florida Police Department, I am able to meet and talk with people from all over the world. While currently assigned to the Patrol Division, I am able to patrol campus in a vehicle and bike. While doing bike patrol, it easy for students, staff and visitors to approach me for assistance or just to talk.” — Investigator Susan Sanders
“Since I was young, my goal was to have a career in law enforcement, mainly because I was born in a country where the law enforcement system was flawed, with limited funds for training and equipment. Not only did UFPD help me reach that goal, but also I found my second family here. There is no better feeling than knowing you have solidarity, especially in this line of work.” — Detective Nikita McCarthy
“I wanted to be a part of helping the next generation of students have the same great college experience I had. Being at a university we put an emphasis on education, for both the citizens we encounter as well as our officers. We take the time to educate those we encounter. As a young officer in my law enforcement career this is a great place to learn and hone skills.” — Officer Kenneth Bain II
The University of Florida Police Department highly recommends that ALL interested applicants that wish to apply for a position as a law enforcement officer or any other security-related position within the University of Florida Police Department MUST read over the list of the disqualifiers BEFORE applying for a job.
Please note: The following situations will DISQUALIFY you as an applicant. To read the full disqualifier description please click on each disqualifier title.
- Illegal Drug Use/Experimentation
- Arrest /Criminal History
- Driving History
- Military History
- Tattoos/Body Ornamentation
- Social Media/Networking Sites
Illegal Drug Use/Experimentation
An applicant must NOT have:
- Used, possessed, bought, or experimented with marijuana within the past 12 months. Applicants who have limited experimental use of marijuana more than one (1) year ago may be considered for employment.
- Used, possessed, bought, sold, or experimented with any illegal drug/controlled substance, other than marijuana, in the past five (5) years. Applicants who have limited experimental use more than 5 years ago may be considered on a case by case basis.
- Sold or delivered any illegal drug/controlled substance at any time.
Must be of good moral character, have no felony conviction or misdemeanor convictions involving moral character, or false statements. An applicant who has plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) to, or has been found guilty of any felony or guilty of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, is NOT eligible for employment even if the sentence was suspended or adjudication was withheld by the judge.
During the three (3) years prior to application, an applicant must NOT have accumulated more than 12 points on their driver’s license, or have a driving record that reflects repeated offenses and a flagrant disregard for traffic laws.
During the 5 years prior to application, an applicant must NOT have had:
- Their driver’s license suspended more than twice for either nonpayment of insurance, or for nonpayment of traffic fines
- Their driver’s license suspended or revoked more than twice for traffic violations
- A conviction of, or pled to, “Fleeing or Attempting to Elude” a law enforcement officer
- A conviction of, or pled to, “Driving Under the Influence”
An applicant who has served in the armed forces, MUST NOT have received a Dishonorable Discharge. Applicant must be able to provide a copy of their discharge certificate and DD Form 214 indicating the character of, and reason for, discharge.
Applicants who have Tattoos/Body Ornamentation’s on the hands , fingers, knuckles, head/neck area to include eyes, scalp, face and neck above the collar bone in the front or the first cervical vertebrae in the back which is visible due to an open collar shirt or uniform, will NOT be considered for further processing.
Applicants who have split/forked tongues, foreign objects inserted under the skin to create a design or pattern, enlarged or stretched out holes in the ears, visible facial piercings or intentional scarring such as abnormal shaping of the eyes, ears or nose will be disqualified from the hiring process.
Contact lenses of an unnatural color (red, orange, etc.) or of a graphic design of any kind, are prohibited
Social Media / Networking Sites
Applicants who subscribe to social media/networking sites are required to provide the University of Florida Police Department access to these site(s) by accepting our Agency requests to view your profiles, postings and any other information we deem to be appropriate in determining your character background.