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Employment & Recruitment

Employment Requirements

The Winter Haven Police Department offers great career opportunities in the field of law enforcement. Whether you are wanting to become a sworn member or have what it takes to be in a support role as a civilian member, your talents could be just what we need.

Sworn Positions

Minimal Requirements
  • Must be eighteen (18) years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must possess a United States high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
  • Must not have received a dishonorable or undesirable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States
  • Must be in good physical condition
  • Be of good moral character; no felony arrest(s) or misdemeanor convictions involving moral character, perjury or false statements and must not have been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence
  • Must pass a medical examination as required by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Must pass psychological screening program
  • Must undergo a background investigation including polygraph examination
  • Will be tested for controlled substances prior to employment and may be tested for controlled substances during employment in this classification
  • Must complete our hiring process
  • Florida Police Academy Graduate
  • Pass the Florida State Law Enforcement Examination

Civilian Positions

Minimal Requirements

  • High school graduate or GED
  • 18 years old
  • Honorable discharge, if a veteran
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Pass an Oral Review Board
  • Pass a drug test

Contact Personnel Selection Coordinator Diane Smith at 863-291-5858, ext. 2243 or send her an email for more information.