Employment Opportunities – FAQs

How do I apply for a job at UFPD?
How long does the job application process take?
How do I check the status of my aplication?
What may disqualify me from being considered for a certified law enforcement officer, security Police Service Technician, and Police Communications Operator positions at UFPD?
How long is the probationary period?
What are some benefits given to law enforcement officers, police communication operators, and police service technicians?
What are the promotional opportunities at UFPD?
Do I have to be certified to be a law enforcement officer?
How do I become a certified officer in Florida?
If I am certified in another state, can I transfer my certification to Florida?
If I served as a Military Police (MP) in the Military, am I eligible for a certified law enforcement officer position at UFPD?
Am I required to work different shift schedules and overtime?
Where can I find Selections Centers or Training Schools for law enforcement officers?
What are the requirements for Police Communications Operator?
Do I have to be a certified communications operator before I start?
Where can I go and obtain a certification for police communications operator?
What are the requirements for Police Service Technician?
Do I have to be certified to be a Police Service Technician?

How do I apply for a job at UFPD?

A listing of current vacant positions can be found by visiting http://jobs.ufl.edu. You can refine the listing results by using the “Job Search” tool found on the right side of the listing page. Simply enter a key word or words such as “law enforcement” under the job search box and a list of open position will come up.

How long does the job application process take?

The application process and timeline can vary, based on the job. Certified law enforcement officers can take anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks, while Police Service Technician can take 6 to 8 weeks.

How do I check the status of my application?

You can always check the status of your application by logging into your account for Careers at UF. You can log into your account by clicking here. For additional information please visit Applicant Resources.

What may disqualify me from being considered for a certified law enforcement officer, security Police Service Technician, and Police Communications Operator positions at UFPD?

An individual will be disqualified for any positions under: law enforcement, Police Service Technicians and Police Communications Operators if he/she meets any of the following disqualifiers:  Please click here to view the list of disqualifiers with UFPD.

How long is the probationary period?

Probationary period varies depending on the type of position. The probationary period for a certified Law Enforcement Officer is one year, for a Police Service Technician is six months, and for a Police Communications Operator is one year. For other positions, the typical probationary period is six months.

What are some benefits given to law enforcement officers, police communication operators, and police service technicians?

All full-time employees, including certified law enforcement officers, police service technicians, and police communication operators, are eligible to take advantage of the UF Employee Education Program. It provides tuition assistance to those who wishes to further their education, including online courses. For more information, please click here.

In addition, certified law enforcement officers are eligible to receive an additional $30 per month for achieving an associate degree and an additional $50 per month for a bachelor’s degree or higher, providing the degree is from an accredited university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

An officer can also receive $20 monthly for every 80 hours of commission certified advanced training.

What are the promotional opportunities at UFPD?

The University of Florida Police Department (UFPD) believes in helping its employees in growing their careers within the department. Some of the resources and tools provided are the UFPD career track for Certified Law Enforcement Officers, Police Communications Operators, and Police Service Technicians.

Do I have to be certified to be a law enforcement officer?

Yes, in order to be a law enforcement officer for the University of Florida Police Department, and in the State of Florida, you must be certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

How do I become a certified officer in Florida?

In order to be a law enforcement officer in the State of Florida, you must follow the process outlined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. For more information on becoming a certified officer, please click here.

If I am certified in another state, can I transfer my certification to Florida?

In most cases, yes. You must contact one of the approved selection centers or an employing agency and provide them with documentation proving that you have worked at least one year as a full-time certified officer and have comparable training to Florida’s basic recruit training program.

Once the selection center or agency determines your eligibility, you will be issued an approved Application for Equivalency, CJSTC Form 76.

Application for Equivalency, CJSTC Form 76.

Upon receipt of this approval, you will have one year to demonstrate proficiency in the high liability areas (which may take one to two weeks) and pass the State Officer Certification Exam.

If you cannot complete this process within one year from receiving the approved Application for Equivalency, you must complete the full basic recruit training program pursuant to s. 943.131(2), F.S.  You are only allowed one Equivalency.

If I served as a Military Police (MP) in the Military, am I eligible for a certified law enforcement officer position at UFPD?

All law enforcement officers at UF Police Department (UFPD) must be certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). FDLE provides military officers the option to seek an exemption from the basic training requirement by completing the Equivalency of Training process. If an Equivalency of Training is granted, then the individual must demonstrate proficiency in the high liability areas and pass the State Officer Certification Examination.

For more information on the Equivalency of Training process, please contact the FDLE Records section at (850) 410-8600.

Am I required to work different shift schedules and overtime?

All certified law enforcements officers will be required to work different 12-hour shifts and overtime. Most of the time, shifts and overtime will be scheduled in advance.

Where can I find Selections Centers or Training Schools for law enforcement officers?

There are certified centers and training schools that are certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement throughout Florida. For a listing of certified centers or schools, please click here.

What are the requirements for Police Communications Operator?

In addition to the requirements stated in the above disqualification question, a candidate must possess a high school diploma or equivalent and at least one year of relevant experience. Post-Secondary degrees may be substituted for years of experience. In addition, a successful candidate must be able to pass a tying test of 35 correct words per minute prior to hire and be able to complete a department approved six week training program and pass the State of Florida 911 Public Safety Tele-communicator certification examination.

Do I have to be a certified communications operator before I start?

A successful candidate does not need to have the Florida 911 Public Safety Tele-communicator certification prior to hire. When hired, the candidate will have the opportunity to go through the appropriate training and two attempts to pass the certification examination. However, having the certification prior to hire is highly desirable.

Where can I go and obtain a certification for police communications operator?

You can obtain the Florida 911 Public Safety Tele-communicator certification at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Florida State College at Jacksonville.

What are the requirements for Police Service Technician?

In addition to the requirements stated in the above disqualification question, a person must possess a high school diploma and at least one year of appropriate experience in order to be eligible/considered for a police service technician. Post-Secondary degrees may be substituted for years of experience.

Do I have to be certified to be a Police Service Technician?

No, a person does not need to be certified in order to be a Police Service Technician at the University of Florida Police Department.

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