Police Officer (Certified) - - Coconut Creek - job 745788

City of Coconut Creek, FL

Date: 05/04/2021

City: Coconut Creek, Florida

Salary: 60,650

Employment type: Full-time


The City of Coconut Creek has been spotlighted as one of the "Best Cities to Live in America" by Money Magazine and a Top Ten Place to Live in Florida by Movoto and NerdWallet. This past year, we were awarded the Honorable Culture of Well-Being by Cigna and ranked #7 Healthiest Employer to Work For in the medium-sized company category by South Florida Business Journal. Our City is home to the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Butterfly World, and the Coconut Creek Promenade. Every one of our business owners and 61,000 residents rely on our awesome 400+ employees. Are you ready to be one of us?

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives or others and serving the public; if you are innovative, progressive, dedicated, and looking for a workplace where you belong, consider applying to join our Coconut Creek family.

Position Summary:
Performs entry-level specialized work in law enforcement for the Police Department. Work is normally performed under the supervision of a ranking or senior officer; however, a Police Officer is frequently required to use independent judgment and discretion. Quality of performance is reviewed constantly by supervisors. Work involves responsibility for rapid and efficient performance of specialized duties under normal and emergency conditions, and may involve threats to personal safety and/or life.
The selected candidate must have one of these completed prior to employment:

  • Successful completion of basic recruit training at a certified Police Academy and possess current certification from the State of Florida as a Law Enforcement Officer as described under Chapter 943, Florida Statutes (F.S.)


  • Currently enrolled in a State of Florida Police Academy and will have successfully completed all required profiles of that Academy and will be able to obtain a Florida Law Enforcement Certification prior to employment


  • Successful completion of basic recruit training at a certified Police Academy (out of state) with the ability to obtain a certification from the State of Florida as a Law Enforcement Officer as described under Chapter 943, Florida Statutes (F.S.)

Job Requirements: * A criminal history check, including FCIC/NCIC, and a driving record check shall be conducted for all applicants as part of the application process. Any applicant who does not meet Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) requirements or City of Coconut Creek Police Department standards shall not be eligible for further consideration.

Minimum: $27.77/hourly - $60,649.68/annually
Midpoint: $36.02/hourly - $78,667.68/annually
Maximum: $44.26/hourly - $96,663.84/annually

  • Hourly rate is subject to increase due to special assignments and shift differentials per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

$10,000 Signing Bonus
for EXPERIENCED Florida State Certified Law Enforcement Officer Candidates
Eligibility* - You must be presently employed as a law enforcement officer, hold current certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida AND have a minimum of TWO (2) YEARS full-time sworn, law enforcement experience (in the State of Florida immediately prior to your application date). *Former City of Coconut Creek Police Officers are not eligible for the signing bonus.*
Payment* - $10,000 shall be paid upon hire.*

(0 - 1) year of completed service: If you fail to complete one (1) year of service, the $10,000 signing bonus must be paid back in full.
(1 -2) years of completed service: If you complete one (1) year of service but fail to complete two (2) years of service, you must repay $5,000 of the signing bonus.

  • Subject to applicable payroll taxes. Monies stated above are subject to repayment if new hire separates employment within first two (2) years of employment. This bonus program may be discontinued without notice, at any time.

Please be advised that if you are extended a conditional offer of employment, you will be required to provide information regarding frequency of controlled substance use.

The following documents MUST* be attached to the online application at the time of submittal in order for your application to be considered: *

  • Copy of HS diploma or equivalent

  • Copy of Law Enforcement Certification, if this is your first sworn employment - copy of passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination or proof currently enrolled in police academy

  • Passing test scores on swim test and Basic Motor Skills Test (Agility)

  • Copy of a valid driver license

  • Certified copies of driving history for all driver licenses issues

  • Driving History Form (Follow Link) (Download PDF reader)

  • Proof of United States Citizenship

  • Copy of DD214 (if applicable)

  • Copies of all court dispositions for criminal and civil law convictions (if applicable)

Applications received without any of the documents listed above will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be processed further.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the classification. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Engages in law enforcement patrol functions that includes working rotating shifts, which includes, but is not limited to, days, evenings and overnight, working holidays and weekends, walking on foot patrol and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.

  • Effectively communicating with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes.

  • Demonstrating communication skills in court and other formal settings.

  • Reading and comprehending legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits and warrants.

  • Communicates effectively and coherently over police radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.

  • Preparing investigative and other reports using appropriate grammar.

  • Performing rescue functions at crashes, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from hazardous areas.

  • Performs other duties as assigned/or required


Must possess current certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida as described under Chapter 493 of the Florida Statutes (F.S), or be currently enrolled in a State of Florida Police Academy and will have successfully completed all required profiles of that Academy and will be able to obtain a Florida Law Enforcement Certification prior to employment, or successfully completed basic recruit training at a certified Police Academy (out of state) at a certified Police Academy with the ability to obtain a certification from the State of Florida as a Law Enforcement Officer as described under Chapter 943, Florida Statutes (F.S) prior to employment.
Must meet the following minimum qualifications for employment or appointment:

  • Minimum of 21 years of age on date of hire.

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

  • College level coursework preferred but not required.

  • Must live in Palm Beach, Broward or Dade County within the first three (3) months of job offer.

  • Cannot have visible tattoos while wearing short sleeve standard issued uniforms.

  • Proof of passing of the swim test and Basic Motor Skills Test (Agility) at any state certified FDLE/CJSTC Institute.

  • Swim test is valid for life.

  • Physical agility results are valid for six (6) months from the date taken.

  • Modified agility test results will not be accepted.

  • Local Testing: Broward College Criminal Justice Testing Center

  • Successful completion of the National Police Officer Selection Test with a passing score.

  • Must successfully complete a physical examination which will include drug screen and vision testing. This examination will be based on CJSTC specifications as per Florida Statue 943.13(6) and will be provided by a licensed medical provider hired by the City

  • Must successfully complete a psychological evaluation.

  • As per Florida Statute 943.13, must successfully complete a background check to determine good moral character which will include, but is not limited to, fingerprinting, criminal history, and employment history verification.

  • NOTE: As per Florida State Statute 941.13(4), must not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, or have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to or is found guilty of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement is not eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication. Notwithstanding this subsection, any person who has pled nolo contendere to a misdemeanor involving a false statement, prior to December 1, 1985, and has had such record sealed or expunged shall not be deemed ineligible for employment or appointment as an officer.

  • Must have a good driving record, and possess a State of Florida driver license by date of appointment. Must provide certified copies of driving history from each state in which a driver license has been held with application.


  • Knowledge of first aid

  • Skill in Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook)

  • Skill in providing good customer service

  • Ability to analyze and define problems, identify alternative solutions, estimate consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals

  • Ability to understand and carry out complex instructions received verbally or in writing

  • Ability to clearly communicate and understand information in English, both orally and in writing

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work

  • Ability to regularly attend work and arrive punctually for designated work schedule

  • Ability to gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, and suspects

  • Ability to exercise independent judgement

  • Ability to operate a law enforcement vehicle during the day and night in emergency situations, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, heavy rains or hurricanes

  • Ability to perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons

Supplemental Information


Depending on functional area of assignment, tasks involve the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work and may require occasional lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of heavy objects or materials (up to 80 pounds). Tasks that require moving objects of significant weight require the assistance of another person and/or use of proper techniques and moving equipment.

Tasks are regularly performed inside and/or outside with potential for exposure to adverse conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, fumes and/ or poor ventilation, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, machinery and /or moving vehicles, vibrations, electric currents, animals/wildlife, toxic/poisonous agents, gases or chemicals, oils and other cutting fluids, violence and / or disease, or pathogenic substances

Some tasks require manual dexterity, in addition to visual and hearing acuity. Tasks may involve identifying and distinguishing colors. Tasks may involve standing and walking for extended periods of time.
Eligibility List Criteria:

An eligibility list shall be valid for six (6) months (may be extended up to two (2) years at the City's discretion), or until the list is abolished, whichever comes first. The list is formed based on applicants who meet the minimum qualifications. Applicants on the eligibility list will be given consideration for each vacancy. Veterans' Preference shall be awarded, pursuant to Florida Statutes.

Failure to successfully complete or qualify on any of these may result in disqualification for this position.
NOTE TO APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES: Applicants with disabilities who will need special accommodations for testing must advise Human Resources not later than one (1) week prior to scheduled testing, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


This position is governed by the provisions of the CBA for Police Officers and Corporals between the City of Coconut Creek and the Police Benevolent Association. Therefore, specific benefits may be subject to change pursuant to the CBA. The following is a sample of the benefits offered by the City.


The City of Coconut Creek has a Cafeteria-style group insurance program. We offer medical and dental coverage, Basic and Additional Life insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D), Long and Short Term Disability, as well as other optional insurance benefits. For each employee, the City pays the premiums for $20,000 Basic Life insurance, $20,000 AD&D, Long and Short-Term Disability, and contributes towards the total premium for medical insurance. In most cases, employee only medical insurance coverage is paid 100% by the City's contribution. Proof of medical insurance coverage is required for all full-time City employees. Employees who enroll in the City's High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) will be eligible to participate in a Health Savings Account (HSA). For those desiring dependent coverage and/or optional benefits, payments are pro-rated and made by payroll deduction. Eligibility for coverage is 30 days from date of hire, with an effective date the first of the month following the thirty-day eligibility period.

Employees who are not covered by the City's medical insurance are eligible to receive a pre-determined amount per plan year, paid bi-weekly. These employees have the option of taking the entire amount in cash (post-tax), placing it into their 457 deferred compensation account (pre-tax), or taking a portion in cash and placing the remainder into the 457 account. 457 plans are discussed in the Pension/Retirement section below.

The City's insurance program also includes a Section 125 Program, which allows eligible employees to pay for dental insurance, dependent health coverage, HSA Contributions (if eligible), Pre-paid Legal, AFLAC, etc., and any other insurance premiums with pre-tax dollars, and/or set aside pre-tax dollars for unreimbursed medical, dependent or elder care. All payments are made bi-weekly by payroll deduction.


The City participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS), which offers a choice of either a Pension Plan (defined benefit) or an Investment Plan (defined contribution). The City contributes an amount to the selected plan that is determined by the State Legislature. In addition, employees are required to contribute 3% of eligible earnings through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis. The Pension Plan benefit is determined by multiplying the Special Risk rate of 3.0 times the years of FRS service times the average of the salary of the employee's highest paid eight (8) years of salary. The Investment Plan benefit is based on the performance of selected funds over time. Employees in the Pension Plan are vested after eight (8) years of service; vesting is after one (1) year of service for the Investment Plan. Normal Retirement for the Pension Plan is age 60 with 8 years of Special Risk service, or 30 years of Special Risk service regardless of age. Early Retirement is any age after eight (8) years, but less than 30 years of service (There is a penalty of 5% per year under age 60.) Once the vesting period has been met, there is no further age or service requirement to receive a benefit under the Investment Plan.

The City also offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan with ICMA, which allows voluntary employee contributions up to an annual maximum per IRS guidelines. Employees 50 years of age and over may contribute an additional amount per year. Traditional and Roth IRA Plans are also available for employees to make contributions through payroll deduction.


Employees hired as a City of Coconut Creek Police Officer/Trainee shall receive a City contribution in the amount of two-percent (2%) of annual salary (including overtime) to a Retirement Health Savings plan. Fifty percent (50%) of the account balance shall be vested upon the employee's completion of two years of City service, with full vesting reached upon meeting the retirement eligibility defined in this Section.



Ten paid full-day holidays and two paid half-day holidays (Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve) per year. Employees who perform work on holidays shall be paid their straight hourly rate for all hours worked on the holiday in addition to the holiday pay.


New full-time employees are credited with personal leave their first year based upon date of hire as follows:

January 1 through March 30th - 24 hours

April 1st through June 30th - 18 hours

July 1st through September 30th - 12 hours

October 1st through December 31st - 6 hours

Each year thereafter, all full time employees are credited with 24 hours of personal leave on January 1st, for that calendar year, which cannot be carried over from year to year.


Employees earn vacation leave from the date of hire based on the following schedule:
Less than 5 years.0385 hours vacation accrual per each regular hour worked Completion of 5 years.0577 hours vacation accrual per each regular hour worked Completion of 10 years.0770 hours vacation accrual per each regular hour worked Completion of 15 years.0962 hours vacation accrual per each regular hour worked

Maximum accumulation allowed is 240 hours as of October 1st of any year for employees with less than 15 years completed service.


Employees earn .046 hours of sick leave for each hour of regular paid service, to a maximum accumulation of 520 hours. Up to 40 hours in a calendar year may be used as sickness in the immediate family and is deducted from accrued sick leave. Any employee, who has accumulated over 520 hours of Sick Leave, shall convert all hours in excess of 520 at a rate depending on years of service.

Police Officers shall reach the mid-point of the Police Officer range no later than his/her 5th anniversay from date of appointment as a Police Officer. Police Officers shall reach the maximum of that range no later than 10 years after date of appointment as a Police Officer.


Employees are eligible for longevity pay as follows:

  • Upon completion of ten (10) years of City of Coconut Creek Police Officer/Trainee Service – Base salary increase to maximum of salary range on 10th performance evaluation anniversary. If increase is less than five percent (5%) of annual salary, an ad

Job Type: Full-time

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