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 4day 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 (You can get a listof the required documents here). Once completed, your Personal History Questionnaire anddocumentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the department’s standards.
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.