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Central fla hire help/advice.

Discussion in 'Law Enforcement Officers' started by danjones, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. Nov 27, 2011 at 6:00 AM
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    danjones

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    looking to become a cop in florida anywhere near tampa. im wondering if anyone has any advice or knows of openings for former military. i get out next year.
     
  2. Nov 30, 2011 at 9:41 AM
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    have you tried Orlando P.D.? Start now it could take up to a year to get hired. Anywhere in Central Florida is a great place to get hired. Orlando, Orange County S.O., Seminole county S.O., Winter garden P.D. Brevard county S.O., Winter Park, Osceola. These are the agencies I am familiar with. Typically, the P.D.'s pay more than the S.O. Just depends where you want to work. Tampa P.D. is great they have a great retirement. I like the Orlando area better.
     
  3. Dec 5, 2011 at 6:01 PM
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    Don't take this the wrong way- cuz I'm not trying to be a dick- and I'm happy to help ya out, but have you done ANY research?

    Google the major PDs in the areas you'd like to work, that'd be a start. That said, for the Tampa area, HCSO, St. Pete, and Tampa PD are almost always hiring. Tamps requires you to be certified though.

    St. Pete is probably the 'easiest' to get on with (though easy is a mis-nomer), as they have a high turnover rate.

    As I said, do a quick search, you'll find the answer to your questions
     
  4. Dec 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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    That's because south St Pete is an exceptionally brutal enviroment for a police officer.

    I'd look at the Sherriff's Offices in Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties. They hire quite a few candidates right out of the Academy. They may also offer an opportunity to be in uniform serving civil warrants as you work on your patrol certification.
     
  5. Dec 10, 2011 at 4:15 AM
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    Well Sarasota has a hiring list 20+ people long, many of them certified. Manatee is pretty full aswell. It seems that when the economy took a dump, everybody wanted to be a cop.

    Good luck, and begin the application process now.
     
  6. Dec 10, 2011 at 4:29 AM
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    Don't know any about about Florida and LE there...but, I see you guys talk about being "certified" not all cops are certified through an academy over there? Can someone just be a cop and not be certified? I'm just wondering...
     
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    NO. You must go through the academy and take the FDLE State certification test. It is a massive 4 hour test that you must get an 80 or above on to become "certified." You must go through the academy to sit for the exam. If you were a LEO somewhere else you can take a crossover academy (much shorter, couple of weeks) and sit for the exam. Other than that you are just a security guard.
     
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    ok, yeah thats what I thought....I just imagined a regular person walking into a dept and asking for a badge and receiving it for some reason...heh..
     
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    lol
     
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    If you are not yet a FL resident, it will be hard as hell to get hired as LEO, unless you are transferring from another department.


    Some like HCSO will pay for your academy, but with all the budget cuts I think Orlando PD/Orange County S.O. and Miami-Dade are the only departments hiring righ now...
     
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    Miami Dade has had a hiring freeze going strong since 2008. They are NOT hiring.

    The few positions they filled were from those who the hired in 08, then un-hired due to the freeze.

    Do not fill out an app for Miami Dade- waste of time and paper
     
  12. Dec 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM
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    Orlando P.D. is hiring mostly pre-certified,or experienced Officers first. They are taking newbies on occasion. It is bets just to go to the academy on your own then try to get hired. Budget cuts are right. Plus they have had sponsored people drop out relatively quickly. With a G.I. bill I am somewhat sure it will cover your academy costs. The process is long in accordance with what everyone here has said. Military background will help!
     
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    Not surprised to hear...

    Yes it does, but at least for HCSO, being a former MP does not give you extra points.

    +1 on what others said about St. Pete. P.D. Tough environment, tougher city politics and high turnover. I've heard from more than one SPPD member about "getting written up" withing your first year, so as to make you look not good enough for a transfer to another Dept.

    Unless you have some major political connections, don't even bother with TPD!
     
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