Recruitment Information

Please Note: The City of West Palm Beach is accepting applications for the position of Certified Police Officer Beginning February 2, 2014 .

Closing Date: Closed February 28, 2014

Complete the on-line application

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR OPEN COMPETITIVE RECRUITMENT FOR THE POSITIONS OF:

CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICER

GENERAL INFORMATION: Under limited supervision performs general and specialized police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Responsible for identification of problems and conditions contributing to crime and quality of life issues affecting the community. Performs related duties including, but not limited to, prevention of crimes, investigation of crimes, identification and apprehension of violators, and other police services as assigned or required. Involves an element of personal danger. Must be able to act reasonably without direct supervision in emergency situations. Performs related duties as required.

SALARY:  $45,324.19 Annually Excellent Benefits

ADDITIONAL INCENTIVE MONIES:

  • $1400/yr. with Bachelors Degree and career incentive courses
  • $960/yr. with a Bachelors Degree
  • $360/yr. with an Associates Degree
  • $1092/yr. for shift differential pay
  • 1/2 hour overtime every pay period
  • $780/yr. uniform cleaning allowance
  • 2 1/2% additional for Patrolman First Class
  • 5% additional for Master Patrolman
  • Chapter 185 monies accumulated from contributions by insurance companies. Officers can accumulate substantial amount of monies to be distributed at time of retirement

Incentives are based on the current collective bargaining agreement and are subject to change.

EXCELLENT OVERTIME OPPORTUNITIES:  Officers are provided with ample opportunities to supplement their income, there are many diverse overtime jobs in our growing downtown entertainment district, in other areas within the community and private contractual overtime details.

EXCELLENT BENEFITS


Vacation:
 Earned at the rate of one day per month (12 days per year) and increases with years of service.

Sick Leave:  Earned at the rate of one day per month (12 days per year). Sick leave conversion option is available.

Holidays:  11 days per year.

Group Insurance:  Hospitalization, including major medical coverage, life insurance, dental, vision and accidental death and dismemberment coverage.

Pension:  City and employee both contribute toward the retirement plan. W.P.B. with Deferred Retirement Option Plan and Chapter 185 Share Accounts.

“Deferred Retirement Option Plan” or “DROP” means a local law plan retirement option in which a police officer may elect to participate. A police officer may retire for all purposes of the plan and defer receipt of retirement benefits into a DROP account while continuing employment with his or her employer for up to five years.

Patrol Schedule:  Patrol Division will use the work schedule known as the “4/12 schedule”. This is a four work day on 11.5 hour, four day off rotating shift. The scheduling allows police officers more consecutive days off to spend with families or work overtime. The rotating schedule allows all patrol personnel to plan vacations in conjunction with the four days off and allows equitable distribution of weekend and week days off during each month.

Opportunities:  This agency has many specialized positions, upon completion of your field training and probationary status. Here are few of the many career opportunities:

    Criminal Investigations – Auto Theft/Sex Crimes/Burglary/Property
    Crimes/Homicide Squad
    Quick Response Team – street narcotic and gang suppression
    Narcotics and Organized Crime Agent
    SWAT Team
    Hostage Negotiations Team
    Traffic Accident/Homicide Unit
    Community Policing Unit
    Honor Guard
    K-9 Team
    Police Athletic League
    Bomb Team
    Dive Team
    Crisis Intervention Team
    Traffic Motor Unit

Benefits are based on the current collective bargaining agreement and are subject to change.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be certified as a Police Officer in the State of Florida or presently attending a police academy.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Not less than twenty-one (21) years of age at time of hire.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Florida motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Never convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury, false statement, moral turpitude, or domestic violence.

CLOSING DATE:  CLOSED Feb 28, 2014 :

To apply, applicant must complete application on City of West Palm Beach job/on line application process Click Here to complete the on line application.

* If your package is missing any of the above items, your application will not be considered for further processing.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO ELIGIBLE VETERANS AND ELIGIBLE SPOUSES OF VETERANS WHO MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
(EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER)