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Florida Certified and Non-Certified Positions


To be a Police Officer and member of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office law enforcement family means that you are committed to serving and protecting our community.

Sheriff Williams encourages his employees to be a leader in their field and provides the tools necessary to grow vocationally.


Following two years of service in patrol, Police Officers have numerous opportunities to move to a different fulltime assignment. The possibilities are endless and you can pair your passion or hobbies with your career.

Do you like to ride motorcycles? Spend your days on a Harley while patrolling the streets of Jacksonville

Do you like to spend your days on the water? Be a part of our Marine Unit and spend your day patrolling the waterways or join the Dive Team 

Do you like dogs? Then tryout to be a JSO K-9 Officer and help protect the city with the help of your four-legged partner

Are you into forensics? Be a Crime Scene detective or Computer Forensics detectiveCrime Scene Detective

Do you love to fly? Try out for our Aviation Unit and soar the air while helping in rescues or tracking suspects

There are also opportunities in our detective division solving homicides, robberies, narcotics cases, special assaults, economic crimes and more.

The possibilities are truly endless!

Officers are eligible to take advancement tests for the rank of sergeant followed by lieutenant after fulfilling the years of service requirements outlined by the agency.

Are you interested in joining our team? Please click here to apply! A member of our recruitment team will be in touch.

We hope to see you in uniform and protecting the thin blue line real soon.

  • Be at least 21-years of age

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license in your state of residence

  • Applicants must have a High School diploma or GED equivalent

  • Must have completed one of the following:

    • Four years of continuous active military service documented with a DD 214, or

    • Four years of full time law enforcement experience, or

    • Four years of service in the military reserves and an Associate’s degree or equivalent (60 semester/90 quarter hours), or

    • Two years of full time law enforcement experience and an Associate’s degree or equivalent (60 semester/90 quarter hours), or

    • Five years of continuous full time employment and an Associate’s degree or equivalent (60 semester/90 quarter hours), or

    • Four years currently employed as a full time civilian with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and an Associate’s degree or equivalent (60 semester/90 quarter hours), or

    • Four years currently employed as a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer, Community Service Officer, Certified Bailiff, or Judicial Officer, or

    • Two years currently employed as a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer, Community Service Officer, Certified Bailiff, or Judicial Officer and an Associate’s degree or equivalent (60 semester/90 quarter hours), or

    • Possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

  • Be in good physical condition. Please see below for more information about the Police Physical Abilities Test.

  • Must be able to run a mile in under 12 minutes.

  • Be of good moral character

  • NOT HAVE TATTOOS above the collarbone (e.g., neck, face, or behind the ear) or below the wrist (e.g., hands, fingers).

  • NOT HAVE received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces

  • NOT HAVE been convicted of any felony

  • NOT HAVE been convicted of a misdemeanor involving false statement, perjury or domestic violence

In addition, Non-Certified Police Applicants must have;
  • Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test - To register and schedule please visit or by calling 1.877.729.0059 (toll free) Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Sundays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST

In addition, Certified Law Enforcement Officers must have;

  • A Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification issued by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. A copy of state exam test score must be submitted.

  • Out of state certified applicants contact Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) AT 1.850.410.8600 to obtain certification transfer information.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will sponsor recruit training for Non-Certified Police at the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training Center. Recruits will receive a salary and tuition will be paid to the candidates selected for the class.


The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office conducts a series of physical ability tests as part of the Police Officer entry requirements. The test is a continuous course composed of certain events relative to police work. It encompasses a total of 250 yards with the course setup outdoors. The following describes each evolution of the test and the minimum times necessary for successful completion.

Evolution 1

  • The applicant will begin the test seated in the driver's seat of a standard police vehicle with seatbelt buckled.
  • A test monitor will instruct the applicant to begin and will start the stopwatch to record the time.
  • The applicant will unbuckle the seatbelt, open the vehicle door and exit the vehicle (the vehicle door does not need to be closed upon exiting).
  • Once out of the vehicle, the applicant will sprint along a designated route for 50 yards to a point where a weighted sled is laying on the ground.
  • The applicant will drag the weighted sled is laying on the ground.
  • The applicant will drag the weighted sled (165 lbs.) for 15 yards and then sprint 25 yards to a staircase.
  • The applicant will ascend eight stairs to a platform and back down eight stairs to the ground (it is not necessary to step on each step and the handrails may be used)
  • After descending the stairs the applicant sprints 25 yards to a point where a 70 lbs. weight lying on the ground is lifted to a four foot (height) table.
  • The applicant sprints another 25 yards to a point where they jump over a simulated four foot ditch (a five second penalty is imposed if the ditch is not cleared)
  • The remainder of the course consists of sprinting four legs of 25 yards each in a slalom fashion around designated cones.
  • Once crossing the finish line, the test monitor records the time and documents it on the appropriate form.
  • A score of 90.66 or greater is a failing score

Evolution 2
The applicant must be able to run a mile in under 12 minutes


A Police Officer’s base salary is determined by a 17 year career path.

While going to the Academy and during the Field Training Program, Police Recruits receive a starting salary of $43,982 annually. First year Police Officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office start at $46,297. Automatic step increases pay to $75,817 within 17 years.

Police Sergeants earn 17.5% above an officer’s pay, ranging between $71,579 to $89,085 annually. Police Lieutenants earn 17.5% above a Sergeant’s salary, ranging between $91,633 to $104,668 annually.

These base salaries typically increase every year in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements. In addition, those in Police ranks may be eligible to receive education incentives. Other pay premium includes shift differential, working out-of-classification, state career incentives for advanced training, etc.

  • Paid Time Off (Personal Leave) begins at 160 hours per year and tops out at 280 hours per year

  • 240 hours per year for Military Leave

  • 12 Paid Holidays

  • Approximately 15 work days a month (on a patrol schedule)

  • Medical / Dental / Vision plans

  • Equipment Provided and Take Home Vehicle (permitted to be taken home to residences in Duval County and adjacent counties) 
  • Overtime and Secondary Employment assignments

  • Defined Contribution Plan – 10% from employee, City of Jacksonville contributes an additional 25%

For more information please email or call 904.713.4870.

Important Information (November 9, 2018): We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are temporarily having issues accepting applications from email addresses. We ask that you please use a different email address while the issue is being addressed. Thank you!

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