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    Hello everyone Im recently interested in begining a carreer in LE and had some questions regarding the chances of me getting hired.

    Ive seen some pretty bad things about the FLDOC but is their any other Entry Level (No experience, No degree) job available in Florida right now? Ive heard going to county corrections is a much better option but how realistic is it that Id be hired their?

    I want to eventually be a road officer but it seems the only real entry into that would be corrections at this moment. Also if the FLDOC is my only option can anyone tell me the chances of me getting hired their are right now? And one last question Ive seen trainnee pay listed at somewhere around 28k can anyone tell me if that is the rate before, during or after the academy?

    Thanks for the help Guys!

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    28k? you must be looking in north Florida. For some areas of the country, it is normal to start in the jail, but not FL. I've had recruits that aren't even old enough to drink. If you have a clean background and a good interview, you shouldn't have any problems starting as a patrol officer.
    Work harder! Millions on welfare depend on you...

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    • #3
      Im looking in the tampa bay and surrounding county area, Im actually surprised to hear id actually have a shot in becomeing a road officer so soon Any ideas on where to apply around tampa? Also if I would be considered for Road work im assumeing that county corrections would be attainable as well?

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      • #4
        Ok guys ive been doing a TON of research but still need some help with what agencies around tampa are in need of officers. Any information anyone has Id appreciate a whole lot, Thanks

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        • #5
          Would you like to self-sponsor, or do you want to be sponsored through? Is Tampa the only option you are considering? In what time-frame are you looking to come down to Florida?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ellusionist19 View Post
            Ok guys ive been doing a TON of research but still need some help with what agencies around tampa are in need of officers. Any information anyone has Id appreciate a whole lot, Thanks
            not saying this rude in the least bit, but you gotta do some leg work bro.

            I am applying in Tampa and around Tampa too... Just use GOOGLE to its full capacity. Google every department in Tampa and surrounding areas man.

            Tampa PD
            Seminole PD
            Temple Terrace PD
            Hillsborough County Sheriff.


            hope that list helps, that is the short list .. but the ones I know off the top of my head. If you really don't know which ones are look for non-cert officers then do what I do and call.. It is THE BEST way to hear it from the OFFICERS mouth "YES or NO we are hiring"

            Good luck dude.

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            • #7
              South Florida (Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade) are real good at hiring non-cert and putting them through the academy. Miami-Dade at the moment doesn't have many non-certified openings, but they will around March time of this year.

              Central Florida, specifically Orange County, are good with sponsorships as well...

              If you're looking to self-sponsor, which would give you the ability of applying anywhere in Florida, I would recommend personally Santa Fe College's police academy in Gainsville, FL (Home of University of Florida - GO GATORS!!??) You can find out more by going to www.policecareers.org , or calling 352-334-0358 and asking to speak to Jo Ann Svedas.

              If Gainesville isn't for you, you can find a list of other FDLE Approved Criminal Justice Training Centers by going to http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/cjst/tra...g_centers.html

              Good Luck!

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              • #8
                Thanks guys im currently looking around the tampa area because thats where im going to be moving to but im more then willing to make a long commute if need be to get hired somewhere. Ill start looking around orange county im trying to get sponsored thru the academy either on the road side or jail side of things. Trust me ive been doing tons of legwork lol ive spent about 60 hours this week working on this and I have a feeling ill have alot more hours to go lol.

                Im probably going to be moving down in the next 3-4 months, Thanks for the help guys

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                • #9
                  If you want to be an LEO then start off that way. FHP would be a bad way to go either, if you need to get a sponsorship.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ellusionist19 View Post
                    Thanks guys im currently looking around the tampa area because thats where im going to be moving to but im more then willing to make a long commute if need be to get hired somewhere. Ill start looking around orange county im trying to get sponsored thru the academy either on the road side or jail side of things. Trust me ive been doing tons of legwork lol ive spent about 60 hours this week working on this and I have a feeling ill have alot more hours to go lol.

                    Im probably going to be moving down in the next 3-4 months, Thanks for the help guys
                    If you want to do road, do road. There's is so many road opportunities available in Florida, for you to have to settle to do something which doesn't interest you.

                    Jail deputies do a special job. One some road deputies won't do. If you're not into it 110%, you can end up getting yourself hurt.

                    Do some research, and you have many resources here on this forum which can aid you in journey to becoming an officer.

                    Check these threads out:

                    http://forums.officer.com/showthread.php?t=110344
                    http://forums.officer.com/showthread.php?t=108187
                    http://forums.officer.com/showthread.php?t=109718
                    http://forums.officer.com/showthread.php?t=87077
                    Last edited by Gringe; 01-24-2009, 06:39 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ellusionist19 View Post
                      Ok guys ive been doing a TON of research but still need some help with what agencies around tampa are in need of officers. Any information anyone has Id appreciate a whole lot, Thanks
                      Why is it that only the old retired guy in California knows where the Florida job listings are?

                      http://www.fpca.com/fpcajobsregionallists.htm

                      https://jobs.myflorida.com/joblist.h...49848595227629
                      Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by L-1 View Post
                        Why is it that only the old retired guy in California knows where the Florida job listings are?

                        http://www.fpca.com/fpcajobsregionallists.htm

                        https://jobs.myflorida.com/joblist.h...49848595227629
                        Cause you're the man!?

                        Also check out http://www.usacops.com

                        Learn more about diff Florida agencies here: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/CJST/cjap/

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                        • #13
                          I dont know where your looking in florida but BSO or PBSO will pick you up right away as far as corrections goes.. GOOD LUCK

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