WINTER HAVEN POLICE DEPARTMENT
125 N. LAKE SILVER DRIVE NW
WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA 33881
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Updated: April 30, 2020
Job Classification: Police Officer
The Winter Haven Police Department is continuously hiring for the position of Police Officer. The department requires the completion of the Frontline National exam through NTN as well as the completion of their department application. The application can be found here.
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Salary Information: $41,329.60 annual when released from 14 weeks of orientation and field training ($16.35 / hour during field training)
Benefit Information: *Pension:Employee contribution is 8.2% of salaryVested at 10 years of serviceBenefit Calculation: 3.5% multiplier of average final compensation(best 5 years out of 10) for each year of credited service.Normal Retirement25 years of service; orAge 55 with a least 10 years of service; orAge 60 regardless of years of serviceDROP and Plop Provisions*Deferred Compensation Plan (available)*Medical Insurance (Tier Options)*Dental Insurance*Life Insurance*Higher Education Incentive Pay*Educational Foundation Tuition Plan*City Education Reimbursement Plan*Education – Certification Related Incentive Pay Increases*Career Development Classes - Up to $1440 Annually*Off Duty Detail Pay*Bereavement Leave*Military Leave*Employee Assistance and Wellness Programs*Full Function Gym*Cell Phone*Take Home Vehicle*Shoe Allowance (Annual)*Uniform Cleaning Service*11 Paid Holidays Annually*Vacation – 12 days first year, increasing with tenure*Sick Days – 1 day per month*Sick Leave Pool*Sick Leave Buy-Back Option*Personal Days – 3 per year from Sick Leave*Annual Voluntary Physical Readiness Incentive Program
Department Overview: The Winter Haven Police Department is a professional and trusted agency engaged in a positive partnership with its community. The department’s mission is to work in partnership with our community; to prevent crime and enhance safety and the quality of life in our city. The department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) and the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). To maintain the highest level of efficiency, it incorporates state of the art equipment with on-going innovative in-house training programs. As a member of the department, you would have access to upward career advancement and specialized training for the field of your choice.
Area Information: Located in beautiful central Florida, the City of Winter Haven is the second-largest municipality in Polk County. With an affordable lakeside lifestyle, vibrant downtown, and unique natural environment, Winter Haven is the destination to live, work, and play. Historically, Winter Haven was just what the name implies – a haven for those seeking an alternative to the harsh winters of the north. Winter Haven has 50 lakes within its borders, including the 24-canal connected Chain of Lakes. The Winter Haven lakes are a world-renowned spot for bass fishing and played a major role in the development and growth of water skiing as a sport. Water skiing was a way to promote Cypress Gardens, a botanical garden and theme park which opened in the 1930s, and in 2011 became the selected location for the Legoland Florida theme park. Legoland Florida has successfully retained some of the tradition and history of Cypress Gardens, by preserving the botanical garden and a water ski show. Additional family-friendly theme parks located within an hour of Winter Haven are Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and Busch Gardens Tampa.
Age: At least 19 years of age
US Citizen: Must be a US citizen
High School Grad/GED: High school graduate or GED equivalency
Valid FLORIDA State Driver's License: Valid State of Florida driver license
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Academy Certification: Florida academy police standards or Florida law enforcement certification, or Florida police academy Equivalency of Training (EOT) for out of state law enforcement officers
Additional Requirements: *Honorable Discharge if a Veteran
*Good Driving Record
*No Felony Convictions
*No Misdemeanors Involving Perjury or Making False Claims
Hiring Process: *Employment Application
*Conditional Offer of Employment
*Oral Review Board Interview
*Physical Abilities Test
*Command Staff Interview
*Drug Screen Test
Disqualifiers: *DD214 – Character of Service is other than “Honorable”
*Any falsification of information on the employment application
*Reckless Driving Conviction
*Driver license suspended for non-payment of insurance or for non-payment of traffic fines more than twice during the sixty (60) months prior to the date of application.
*Convicted of, or plead to fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer during the sixty (60) months prior to the date of application, or more than one (1) time total.
*Convicted of any criminal traffic offenses, during the sixty (60) months prior to date of application, or more than one (1) time total.
*Accumulated more than twelve (12) points on the driver license during the thirty-six (36) months prior to date of application, or have a driving record that demonstrates repeated offenses and flagrant disregard for traffic laws.
*Convicted of a felony offense or any misdemeanor offense classified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as constituting adverse moral character.
*Used, tried, tasted, experimented with, or possessed cannabis within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the date of application.
*Used, tried, tasted, experimented with, or possessed any illegal controlled substance classified as a Schedule III, IV and V substance within the twenty-four (24) months prior to the date of application.
*Used, tried, tasted, experimented with, or possessed any illegal controlled substance classified as a Schedule 1 substance (except cannabis) or Schedule II substance within sixty (60) months prior to the date of application.
*Used, tried, tasted, experimented with, or possessed any hallucinogenic drug, at any time.
*Sold or delivered any illegal controlled substance, at any time.
Tattoos: *Tattoos may openly be displayed while in uniform
*No tattoos on neck, head or face
*No display of body art that is considered to be inappropriate, unprofessional, or offensive, regardless of location.
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