FROM THE FRONT LINE TO THE THIN BLUE LINE
As a veteran, you already know what it means to "live with honor." Now join our team and "work for justice."
Upon transitioning from the Armed Services, becoming a member of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) is a great option for individuals who are looking to use their military skills and continue their services in our community, while still maintaining the paramilitary environment they are used to.
VETERANS UNDERSTAND THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING
Your time serving our country uniquely qualifies you to join our team. If you have four or more years of active duty service, you qualify to apply for a job as a police officer. You can look forward to continuing to make an impact on others while wearing a uniform and working towards a new mission.
KEEP YOUR G.I. BILL
Recruits attend the police academy located at the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training Center on the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) North Campus. The cost of tuition is paid for by JSO and you also receive a full salary while attending the academy. This means your hard-earned educational benefits under the G.I. Bill are yours to keep.
JOIN A TEAM THAT UNDERSTANDS
Leaving the military and transitioning into civilian life can be a stressful and unknown experience. To help veterans through this process, JSO has a dedicated military veteran recruiter who also acts as a liaison to all veterans who choose to apply. With the resources and military specific knowledge that our veteran recruiter brings to the table, your transition into a career with JSO will be a seamless and enjoyable experience.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is extremely proud to be an agency dedicated to hiring our Nation's veterans. Our mission is to demonstrate a solid commitment in providing veterans with the opportunity to build a new, life-long career.
We welcome you to join our team of dedicated professionals. 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
| Physical Abilities Test
- JSO will not consider any applicant that has received a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the Armed Services, active-duty or reserves.
- Four years of continuous active military service documented with a DD 214, (Note: Active-duty service members, who apply with us prior to separation, can provide a statement of service obtained from your command’s administrative officer and signed by your commanding officer) or
- Four years of service in the military reserves and an Associate’s degree or equivalent (60 semester/90 quarter hours)
QUALIFICATIONS FOR ALL APPLICANTS
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
- 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.
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
Certified Law Enforcement Officers
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.
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 Prequirements. 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.
- 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
The applicant must be able to run a mile in under 12 minutes
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 / Vacation Time
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%
- 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
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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For more information, contact our veteran recruiter directly at: 904.713.4837 or email JSORecruiter@jaxsheriff.org.