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  • School Police Now Hiring (WPB, FL)

    The Palm Beach County School District Police Department was created by a Special Legislative Act which authorized the appointment of sworn Police Officers to carry out all Law Enforcement activities throughout the District's schools and facilities. It was established in 1972 when the School Board made the decision to take a proactive approach to providing safe schools for the students and staff of Palm Beach County. Today, over one hundred uniformed Police Officers are assigned to schools throughout the 11th largest school district in the nation, and are committed to making a difference in the lives of the community's children through early positive interaction.


    1. Minimum of two (2) years of successful experience as a Law Enforcement Officer preferred.

    2. Must possess a State of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Certificate as a Law Enforcement Officer.*

    3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, parents, school personnel and community agencies.

    4. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

    5. Knowledge of current computing technologies and software applications appropriate to the position’s job responsibilities.

    *An otherwise qualified person lacking only Florida certification can be hired interim at a lower rate until passing certification standards. Out-of-state applicants must be FDLE certified within 6 months of employment.


    Essential Functions:

    1. Works closely with the principal and staff of the school to foster a better understanding of the law enforcement function and maintain a secure learning environment.

    2. Investigates crimes against persons, property and other offenses which are committed on School Board property.

    3. Identifies and prevents (through counseling and referral) delinquent behavior, including substance abuse.

    4. Promotes positive relations between students and law enforcement.

    5. Provides classroom presentations on crime prevention and fundamental concepts and structure of law.

    Performance Effectiveness Criteria:

    In addition to the employee being responsible for each of the performance responsibilities listed herein, periodic and special reports to the Board and other entities will be provided regarding the impact of this position with respect to progress toward annually established District and Divisional goals and objectives for, but not necessarily limited to, the following areas: 1) Student Performance, 2) Customer Service, 3) Fiscal Accountability and Responsibility, 4) Process Efficiencies and Improvements, and 5) Employee Learning and Growth.

    Additional Job Functions:

    1. Follows adopted policies and procedures in accordance with School Board priorities.

    2. Conducts oneself in the best interest of students, in accordance with the highest traditions of public education and in support of the District’s Mission Statement.

    3. Performs other duties as assigned.

    School Police Officer starting salary: $43,301 plus law enforcement incentive pay

    Full time School District benefits include:
    - 202 Work Days with 96 Personal/Sick Leave Hours
    - Five (5) weeks off during the summer
    - Two (2) weeks off during December/January
    - One (1) week off for Spring Break
    - 14 paid holidays
    - 160 hours of paid training per year
    - Overtime paid at time and a half
    - Employer pays all contributions to the Florida State High Risk Retirement
    - Employee vested in Florida Retirement System in 6 years
    - A five (5) year D.R.O.P. plan
    - Career Ladder Program (after 4 years of service with School Police)
    - Outstanding Health, Medical, and Life insurance
    - Rapidly growing School District offers opportunities for advancement

    To Apply:

    Go to palmbeachschools.org/schoolpolice/Careers.asp and follow the directions

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