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SELFLESS SERVICE

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

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

Additional Information:  Benefits | Equivalency of Training | Opportunities AvailablePhysical Abilities Test | Qualifications | SalaryWhat To Do After You Apply
 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Please watch this video to learn about the exciting opportunities available at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Following a required amount of time in patrol, Police Officers have numerous opportunities to move to a different fulltime assignment. These areas include, but are not limited to:
  • Aviation;
  • Crime Scene;
  • Computer Forensics;
  • K-9 Unit; 
  • Marine Unit;
  • Narcotics Unit;
  • SWAT Team
Crime Scene Detective
Officers are eligible to take advancement tests for the rank of police sergeant followed by police lieutenant after fulfilling the years of service requirements outlined by the agency.
 

QUALIFICATIONS
  • 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 (official transcripts required)
  • 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 / official transcripts required), or
    • Two years of full time law enforcement experience and an Associate’s degree or equivalent (60 semester / 90 quarter hours / official transcripts required), or
    • Five years of continuous full time employment and an Associate’s degree or equivalent (60 semester / 90 quarter hours / official transcripts required), 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 / official transcripts required), 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 / official transcripts required), or
    • Possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (official transcripts required)
    • Successful completion of the Edward Waters College "3+1" Criminal Justice program. For more information, please visit: https://www.ewc.edu/departments/criminal-justice-and-forensic-science/
  • 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, the following areas may result in applicants being suspended from the hiring process: credit history including bankruptcy and collections; past drug use; inappropriate social media; driving history, work history; criminal activity and associations with known criminals; and inappropriate tattoos.

If you don't meet the requirements to become a police officer we encourage you to explore the other opportunities available at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

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

 



WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU APPLY

Non-Certified Police Applicants
  • Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test - To register and schedule please visit www.pearsonvue.com/fdle 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

    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.

Certified Law Enforcement Officers

  • 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 - Applicants certified as a law enforcement officer in another state are asked to please contact a JSO recruiter or the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) to obtain a certification transfer information via Equivalency of Training (EOT). Paid options may be available for those who qualify.

Important Update
As of July 1, 2022, section 943.​17(1)(g) states that any candidate wishing to enter a law enforcement academy that either (i) is a veteran as classified in section 1.​01(14), F.​S.​, or (ii) holds an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university is not required to take the Law Enforcement Basic Abilities Test. Please note that veteran is defined as being honorably discharged from military service. No other discharge classifications qualify (General under Honorable Conditions or lesser does not qualify). Please note that this does not apply to candidates wishing to enter a corrections academy.
 
 
EQUIVALENCY OF TRAINING (EOT)

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is providing PAID Equivalency of Training (EOT) for those applicants who wish to work for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO). This program allows you to be an employee of JSO and be paid a regular salary while you are in the course and studying for the state exam. We will also cover the full cost of the EOT course which is about $1,000 (including the $250 application fee). EOT courses are held here at the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Center (Police Academy) in Jacksonville, FL roughly two to three times a year. If you have questions regarding the EOT program please contact Corrections Officer F. Williams at 904.476.5072.



INFORMATION ABOUT THE POLICE PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST

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.

 

 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

SALARY


While going to the Academy and during the Field Training Program, Police Recruits receive a starting salary of $45,960.00 annually. First year Police Officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office start at $48,384.00 (step 1). Automatic step increases pay to $79,212.00 within 17 years.

Police Sergeants earn 20% above an officer’s pay, ranging between $76,404.00 to $95,052.00 annually. Police Lieutenants earn 20% above a Sergeant’s salary, ranging between $99,900.00 to $114,060.00 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.
 


BENEFITS
  • Paid Time Off (Annual Leave) begins at 160 hours per year and tops out at 280 hours per year
  • 240 hours per year for Military Leave
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 13 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%  (250% match)
    • Employees are vested in the Defined Contribution Plan at three years of service.  Employees may separate from the agency and withdraw from the plan at age 50 without penalty
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The Consolidated City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office are Equal Opportunity / Equal Access Employers. To read the Mayor's Statement please click here. For more information about Equal Employment Opportunity, visit www.dol.gov/dol/topic/discrimination/ or www.eeoc.gov.

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