Sworn Positions

A career in law enforcement can be an exciting, rewarding opportunity. It takes dedication and commitment to become a good officer and the Winter Park Police Department looks for individuals who are up to this challenge. We are a full-service, professional Agency, with 87 full-time sworn positions who work in a modern and progressive atmosphere. If you are interested in a position with our Department, please read the information provided below.

The Winter Park Police Department will be holding a Civil Service Exam for the position of Police Officer.

This exam will be held Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 6:30pm, SHARP.

The completion of the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire is the very first step for all applicants seeking sworn employment with the Winter Park Police Department. Upon successful completion of this step, a seat will be reserved for you to take the Civil Service Exam. Only proceed if you can attend the testing date.

Begin Process to Sign Up for Exam

Applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements to be eligible to take part in the application process:

  • Be currently employed as a law enforcement officer in the state of Florida
  • Be currently employed as a law enforcement officer in another state
  • Have successfully completed a law enforcement academy in the state of Florida
  • Be currently attending a law enforcement academy in the state of Florida

Additionally, a listing of applicant disqualifiers can be found below.

If you meet the base requirements above and would like to begin the process, please click below. Please note that this process will open in a separate browser window. You will need to disable any pop-up blocker programs AND your browser MUST be set to accept cookies.

Applicant Disqualifiers

The following is a list of some background disqualifiers that are set forth by established rules, policies and procedures. If you meet any of these, you will not be considered for employment.

  • Any felony arrest or a misdemeanor arrest involving a violation of good moral character as defined by FSS 943.13 and Florida Administrative Rule 11B-27.0011.
  • Significant omission of information where it is later discovered the candidate could have made the information available.
  • A serious inability of a candidate to communicate in writing.
  • Commission of a felony crime within five (5) years of date of application.
  • Used or possessed any controlled substance as defined in Chapter 893 F.S.S. within three (3) years, the possession of which would constitute a felony offense under Florida Law.
  • Any illegal delivery of a controlled substance, whether or not for profit.
  • Five (5) convictions singly or in combination within three (3) years of any traffic violation which demonstrates a pattern of carelessness or driving negligence.
  • Has not possessed a valid operator's license for more than one (1) year.
  • Dishonorable discharge from the military.
  • Currently smoke or use tobacco products or have smoked or used tobacco products within the past 12 months.

For information about career opportunities contact Sgt. Frank Cowart at 407-599-3248 or email at fcowart@cityofwinterpark.org

This City is an Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with laws and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, marital status, religion, national origin, or disability.

Wages/Salary Compensation

The Winter Park Police Department hiring standards are strict and employees are compensated accordingly.

  • Starting Salary of $41,124.93.
  • Roll-call differential pay when assigned to Uniform Patrol of $2,977 + $41,124.93 = $44.101.93.
  • Annual medical bonus plan based upon the number of unused medical leave hours.
  • Paid overtime.
  • Minimum 2 hour call-out pay.
  • Incentive pay of a maximum $1,560.00 per year for College Degrees and approved career development courses.
  • Generous 20 yr Retirement Plan with various officer-selected options including the ICMA Deferred Compensation 457 Program and the "Drop Plan".
  • Special Detail Pay - $30.00 per hour.
  • Take home vehicle.
Police Officer Related Benefits

The Winter Park Police Department offers an excellent benefit program which includes:

  • Health Care for employees.
  • Vision Care for employees.
  • Dental Care for employees
  • Optional dependent health, vision,and dental coverages available.
  • Credit Union availability.
  • Comp time. Employee can accumulate 160 hours in lieu of overtime pay.
  • Paid uniform dry cleaning.
  • College tuition reimbursement.
  • 20-year Retirement plan.
  • Workers compensation insurance.
  • Deferred compensation Plan 457.
  • Hazardous duty pay for specific assignments.
  • Uniforms, firearms, and shoes provided
Holidays, Vacation & Leave

The Winter Park Police Department rewards it's employees with generous holiday and vacation/leave to include:

  • 8 1/2 Standard Holidays.
  • 1 Floating Holiday.
  • Personal Leave. 3 weeks first year. Hours increase with each year of service. 5 weeks after 10 years.
  • Long term sick leave up to 80 hours, year; maximum of 1000 hours.
  • Bereavement time up to 5 working days for immediate family members.
  • Quality leave, up to 4 hours for exceptional performance.
  • Paid military leave, not to exceed 17 days per calendar year.
  • Compassionate Leave bank.
Basic Requirements

To be considered for employment with the Winter Park Police Department you must be:

  • Be 19 Years of age
  • Be A U.S. Citizen
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess a valid Florida drivers license
  • Meet vision requirements binocular and monocular vision of 20/50 uncorrected & 20/30 corrected
  • Have no problems with color vision
  • Be of good moral character
  • Pass a fingerprint check
  • Have no felony or misdemeanor convictions involving "Moral Turpitude"
  • Have an honorable military release (if applicable)
  • Pass an In depth background check
  • Pass preliminary examinations
Certification Requirements

Several requirements must be met in order to qualify as a department recruit. They include:

  • Passing a F.D.L.E. accredited basic law enforcement academy
  • Passing the written State of Florida Police Officer Certification examination
  • Passing a written Winter Park Police Department Civil Service examination
  • Passing an in-depth background check
  • Passing a credit check
  • Passing a physical agility test
  • Passing a polygraph examination
  • Psychological examination
  • Physical & drug screen
  • Oral interview

Once these requirements have been completed with success and you are approved for hire, you must complete a fifteen week field training program and a one year probation period.

Career Oppurtunities

The Winter Park Police Department offers a great opportunities for a long and fulfilling career. The Career potential is highly competitive with other police departments. After completion of probation as a police officer, you are eligible to apply for assignments to specialized units or duties including but not limited to:

Training & Education

The Winter Park Police Department supports its employees by providing training opportunities plus career development. Some opportunities provided are:

  • In service training
  • Career Development program
  • Mandatory retraining in compliance with FDLE requirements
  • One day of service training per quarter.
  • Tuition reimbursement for related college courses, including fees and books.
  • Specialization training available as needed.
  • Department's own indoor firearms range with computer controlled target system.

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