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Hiring Process

The hiring process typically takes 3-4 months to complete. Out of state and out of area (60 miles or 2 hours from the department) applicants will complete their process in 2 sets of appointments. An interview with a investigator, the polygraph examination, administrative interview and psychological evaluation will be scheduled over a 4 day period. If these steps are successfully completed then the second set of appointments will be scheduled over a 4 day period to complete the medical evaluation/drug screening, uniform fitting and the physical abilities test/fitness orientation. At this time your background investigation will begin. Your file will be presented to the Command Staff once all the steps have been successfully completed. Local applicants will have to successfully complete each step before scheduling the next.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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)
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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