Employment Opportunities

The University of Florida Police Department, a nationally accredited law enforcement agency, recognizes that recruitment of highly professional personnel is a key activity in determining a department’s operational effectiveness. Accordingly, our personnel section works diligently in recruiting quality job applicants with diverse backgrounds and excellent abilities. Currently, the department employs 85 sworn law enforcement officers and 72 non-sworn support personnel. The University of Florida Police Department is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Before an interview can be scheduled however, anyone interested in a particular position with our department must first contact the University of Florida’s Office of Human Resource Services. The representatives from Human Resource Services conduct the initial interview, verify eligibility requirements, and establish a list of active applicants. The Office of Human Resource Services is located at 903 West University Avenue and can be reached at (352) 392-4621. You can also obtain more employment information from the Office of Human Resource Services web site at: www.hr.ufl.edu

Please note, if you wish to apply for a position as a law enforcement officer or any other security related position within the University of Florida Police Department any of the following situations will DISQUALIFY you as an applicant:

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 anytime.

Arrest/Criminal History
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.

Driving History
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”

Military History
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.

Tattoos/Body Ornamentation
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.

An applicant may be disqualified at any time due to: incomplete information; untruthfulness; false or disqualifying written or spoken statements; disqualifying information obtained during the background investigation; or an unacceptable drug screening, physical examination, or psychological evaluation results.

If you are interested in a position with our department or need further information regarding the positions listed below, please feel free to contact either Deputy Chief Tony Dunn at (352) 392-9842 or Mrs. Veleta Roberts, Personnel Manager at (352) 392-2880. You can also e-mail us at: tdunn@ufl.edu or vrobert@ufl.edu.

Please visit the UF Office of Human Resource Services website at www.hr.ufl.edu for employment information. Available positions with the University of Florida Police can be found here: www.jobs.ufl.edu/

You may also submit your application to the University of Florida’s Office of Human Resource Services for any qualified position and it will remain on file with that office for a specified period of time.

UFPD directive 2212 outlines the JOB APPLICANT SELECTION PROCESS.