Hiring Veterans

The University of Florida Police department is dedicated to hiring military veterans. We salute and thank all the military veterans for their service.

The University of Florida is committed to providing preference to all veterans as prescribed by F.S. 295.07 and F.S. 295.11. Military veteran applicants can claim veteran preference when applying for positions with the University of Florida Police Department. Please visit jobs.ufl.edu/applicant-resources/veterans for additional tools and resources for veteran applicants.

At The University of Florida Police Department, many law enforcement officers, non-sworn officers, and safety-related personnel have been successful in their positions as a result of their experiences and accomplishments they achieved during their military service.

“I was fortunate that my final duty station prior to leaving the military was at the West Point Military Academy, and I became very familiar with working in a college environment as a law enforcement officer. This experience translated perfectly with working at the University of Florida Police Department. For the past 20 years, I have enjoyed working for the UFPD and serving this great community. There is no doubt that the training, discipline, and experience I gained as a soldier in the U.S. Army helped me achieve the success I have had all these years.” — Officer John Savona

“Like serving in the military, this is not simply a job but a true profession. A profession staffed with like-minded, dedicated individuals who wanted to make a positive difference in their community and serve to make life better for all. As a soldier, I knew the sacrifices required each day and the preparedness needed to meet those sacrifices. This knowledge has helped me as a law enforcement professional at UFPD and is the basis for how I approach each day, prepared and ready.” — Sergeant Jeff Lamb

“The traits and training that I learned while proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps have assisted me in becoming a proud and successful member of the UFPD. These traits have helped me overcome and adapt to various situations that I have encountered and have assisted me each day on duty. My experience in the Marine Corps helped me stay prepared for whatever was thrown my way and to recognize that the unexpected requires instant decision making. The ability to quickly assess and make a quick decision is an essential part of being a law enforcement officer. In law enforcement, you always have to expect the unexpected and be prepared at all times both mentally and physically.” — Officer Henri Belleville