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Employment - Police Officer



Thank you for your interest in the position of police officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department. The St. Petersburg Police Department is a progressive police department dedicated to providing its residents with the best in law enforcement. This is reflected in our mission statement and department tenets of Loyalty, Integrity, and Honor.. The St. Petersburg Police Department has been accredited with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) since 1985, and with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) since 2003.”

The selection of competent personnel for police officer positions is essential to provide for the safety and protection to which the public is entitled.

All applicants for the position of police officer with the City of St. Petersburg must successfully complete:

  • A polygraph examination
  • A vocational assessment / psychological evaluation (test & interview)
  • A physical abilities test
  • A physical examination and controlled substance test
  • An administrative interview
  • A background investigation

The purpose of establishing selection standards is to define (as clearly as possible) the kind of individual who can best serve the citizens of St. Petersburg.

To view our selection standards click on "Selection Standards" in the right menu.