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Academy Sponsorship - Deputy Sheriff Recruit

Location : Orlando
Job Type : Talent Center Postings
Hours : Full Time
Required Education : High School Diploma or Equivalent
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :
Veterans Preference


Competitive candidates are encouraged to apply for a limited number of paid sponsorships to a law enforcement academy. A strong candidate has a good work history and a low incident rate of substance abuse.


All candidates for sponsorship positions will participate in the following steps:

  • Online application

  • Physical Abilities Test (PAT) - View Details of Fitness Standards

  • Voice Stress Analysis (truth verification)

  • Panel Interview

  • Ride-along with a deputy (optional) - N/A due to COVID-19

  • Complete Background Check

  • Medical exam & drug screen (after conditional job offer)

  • Psychological Evaluation (after conditional job offer)

Once selected for processing, candidates for academy sponsorship must take the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) available at any law enforcement academy in the State of Florida.
Processing time on average is 3-5 months.
Deputy Sheriffs are responsible for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of laws and regulations. This work involves an element of personal danger and frequent contact with the public during routine and emergency situations.

Recruits hired for sponsorship to the law enforcement academy attend the award winning program at the Valencia College Criminal Justice Institute.  This 20-week course is one of the most challenging in the State, both academically and physically. 

Academy graduates are sworn-in as deputy sheriffs and begin Basic Recruit Training (BRT).  This extensive 9-week program covers all high liability areas, including driving, shooting, defensive tactics, and agency policies and procedures.  After successfully completing Basic Recruit Training, new deputies will complete an additional 14 weeks in the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP).  This one-on-one training with a certified Field Training Officer ensures that all new deputies are fully prepared to be a solo deputy.  
Required Qualifications :

  • Verifiable work history.

  • Accredited high school or GED diploma. (Will not accept a certificate of completion.)

  • Must be able to comprehend and communicate fluently in verbal and written English.

  • At least 21 years of age due to job requirements

  • U.S. Citizen.

  • Valid driver's license for the last year for travel

  • Must not have been convicted of a DUI (or any reduced charge such as reckless driving) within the past five years. Other driving history will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

  • Must not have been convicted of a felony.

  • Must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral character, false statements, perjury or domestic violence.

  • Must not have received a dishonorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces.

  • Drug Free Workplace.  All other drug usage will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

  • Business conducts physical test.

Work Environment:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may encounter the following: chemicals, fumes, toxic substances, dogs/animals, insects, noise, vibrations, slippery surfaces, lightning, explosives, oil, tobacco smoke, radiation, radar, allergenic substances, electrical hazards, possible burns, confined or cramped body position for extended periods, irregular or extended work hours, irregular eating and sleeping schedules, bodily injury, contact with blood, bodily fluids, infectious or contagious diseases. Ability to work and function in a variety of weather conditions that can quickly change. Weather conditions may include but are not limited to any combination of the following: humidity, low temperatures, high temperatures, heavy rain, exposure to sun, sudden temperature changes, hail, high winds, tornadoes, flooding, and hurricanes, etc. Ability to walk and run in various terrains that can quickly change. Various terrains may be encountered including high grass, woods, ditches, muck, sand, and small hills, as well as water sources such as lakes, rivers, and streams. Depending on assignment the employee may be required to work evening, midnight and/or weekend shifts. Shift times may vary.

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