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Tuition, uniforms, equipment, and books will be paid by the City of Tampa. Scholarship Recipients will attend the Basic Recruit class at Hillsborough Community College to receive training for State of Florida certification as a law enforcement officer. Training is approximately twenty-seven (27) weeks Monday through Friday. Successful candidates who receive the scholarship award must sign a contract with the City in order to participate.

As Police Officer positions become available, Scholarship Recipients who have successfully completed all training required by the State of Florida to obtain certification as a law enforcement officer and have passed the State examination will be given preference in hiring. At the time the Police Scholarship Recipient is sworn-in as a Police Officer, all benefits of the current labor contract will be afforded. State of Florida Incentive Plan--maximum available $1,560 per year.

Note: State of Florida Corrections Officers, out-of-state Police Officers and Military Police are not eligible for the Police Scholarship Program. For information on the Equivalency of Training process, contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at 850/410-8600 (www.fdle.state.fl.us/CJST).


  • Minimum Age 21 years. Individuals will be considered who have not attained 21 years of age but will by the time of

    swearing in as a law enforcement officer.

  • Citizenship: Applicant must be a United States Citizen.

  • License: Possession of a valid Florida Driverís License.

    Character and overall physical condition must be suitable for law enforcement work and candidates must pass the City's background investigation.

Education/Work Experience Qualifications:

Possession of an Associateís Degree or completion of 2 years of college coursework (60 semester or 90-quarter hours) from an accredited college or university OR An equivalent combination of college education and military experience.

Required Documents view details

  • High-School Diploma or College Transcript

  • Birth Certificate

  • DD214 - Military Discharge (if applicable)

  • Valid Florida Driver's License

    NOTE: Applicants will not be eligible for the Police Scholarship Program until copies of all required documents

    have been submitted to the City of Tampa Employment Services Office.


  • Completion of Self-Evaluation Supplement: view details

  • Physical Abilities Testing (pass/fail)

  • Written Entry Police Test (Time Limit: 1 hour, 30 minutes)

  • Background Investigation (to include polygraph)

    Applicants Selected For Scholarship Must Pass:

  • Psychological Evaluation

  • Medical Examination administered by City designated physicians

  • Pre-Employment Drug Screening. (Officers are subject to random drug testing after employment with the City of Tampa.)

    CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: March 21, 2014. Applicants must telephone the Employment Services Office to schedule an appointment for the written test. Applications must be submitted and approved prior to testing. (Photo Identification is required at time of testing.)


    On-line at www.tampagov.net

    In Person to: 315 E. Kennedy Blvd, 2nd Floor, Tampa 33602

    HELPFUL HINTS FOR COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION: Please register as a MyTampaGov member before you begin the application process. This will enable you to view and re-use information from previously submitted applications to complete and submit any future applications. Please make certain your application is complete and the information you provide clearly demonstrates that you possess the minimum job qualifications as stated in the job announcement. Resumes can be submitted in support of an application, but not in lieu of an application. Resumes and copies of certifications or other required documents may be attached to your online application or e-mailed to careers@tampagov.net.

    3-3-14; 3-6-14; 3-10-14 (007450)

    Note: Applications must be received or postmarked by the closing date. Applications received or postmarked after 3/21/2014 will not be processed.

  • This office reserves the right not to consider those applications that have incomplete information, or that are received without necessary transcripts, certificates, licenses, or other required documents.