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Learn more about how to become a St. Pete Police Officer

Hiring Process

The entire application process typically takes three to four months to complete. Out of state and out of area (60 miles or 2 hours from the department) applicants will complete their process in two sets of appointments. The first set of appointments will include an interview with a background investigator, a polygraph examination, an administrative interview, the physical abilities test and a psychological evaluation. These appointments will be scheduled over a three-four day period. Once you successfully complete these steps you will be notified by your background investigator that your background investigation has begun. Upon completion of your background investigation your file will be presented to the Command Staff for review If you are selected to continue we will contact you to complete the remaining portion of the process. This will include the medical evaluation and a uniform fitting. These appointments will be scheduled over a one to two day period. Once the medical clearance is received you will receive a phone call with an official offer of employment. Local applicants will have to successfully complete each step before scheduling the next. Any applicant who is discontinued in the selection process may re-apply after one-year from the date of notification of removal from consideration. However, there may be exceptions to this provision dependent upon the specific cause for removal.

Application Process


Step 1 - Application

Apply for the Police Officer position through the City of St. Petersburg’s website. Cadet applicants residing in Florida will need to complete the FDLE CJBAT exam prior to applying. Out of state Cadet applicants will need to complete the exam during their 1st set of appointments completing the polygraph examination, administrative interview and psychological evaluation. Click here to get more information on registering for the CJBAT.


Step 2 - Personal History Questioniare

You will receive an email invitation to complete an online Personal History Questionnaire and submit all required documentation (Click here to get more information on the required documents). Once completed, your Personal History Questionnaire anddocumentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the department’s standards.


Step 3 - Interview with a Background Investigator

The interview will be held at the department headquarters and take approximately 2 hours. The background investigator will review your Personal History Questionnaire with you and answer any questions you may have.


Step 4 - Polygraph Examination

The examination will be held at the department headquarters and take approximately 3-4 hours. The polygraph examiner will review your Personal History Questionnaire and conduct a polygraph examination.


Step 5 - Administrative Interview

The interview will be held at the department headquarters and take approximately 2 hours. You will be required to complete a writing sample and a panel interview. The panel will consist of members of the command staf and a community representative. You will be asked various types of questions to include scenario questions, standard job interview questions and questions about yourself. This will be your “job interview” so please prepare and dress accordingly.


Step 6 - Psychological and Vocational Assessment

The assessment will be held at the doctor’s office and take approximately 4-5 hours. This is an assessment of vocational traits needed to perform the duties of a law enforcement officer (e.g., multi-tasking, interpersonal skills, maturity, etc.).


Step 7 - Background Investigation

This background investigation takes an estimated 4-8 weeks to complete. You will be contacted by your background investigation once the investigation begins. At this point, your background investigator will be your point of contact.


Step 8 - Medical Drug Screening

The medical exam is administered to determine if the applicant is capable of performing the necessary functions of the job. The exam and drug test will be conducted at our contracted medical facility.


Step 9 - Physical Abilities Test and Fitness Orientation

The FDLE Physical Abilities Test will need to be completed in less than 7:04 minutes (Click here to get more information on the test.) The department’s annual fitness test will be conducted following the Physical Abilities Test to educate you on the department’s fitness expectations (Click here to get more information about the department Fitness Standards)


Step 10 - File Presentation to Command Staff

Your file will be presented to the command staff and a hiring decision will be made.


Please ensure that you are honest, truthful and forthcoming with all information. Any applicant who intentionally makes a false statement of a material fact, practiced or attempted to practice any deception or fraud in his/her application, examination or in securing his/her eligibility for appointment will be discontinued from the process. All information obtained during the selection process will be subject to review for truthfulness and integrity during a polygraph examination and a background investigation.

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