Civilian Hiring Process

ONLINE APPLICATION

All applicants must complete the Online Application at explore.jobs.ufl.edu. Be sure to read the directions closely and complete the application completely and accurately. Any questions about the application should be directed to the Recruiting Officer at UPD-Recruiter@ad.ufl.edu or call (352) 273-3307.

PHASE 1

APPLICATION REVIEW

Once we receive your application, Police Department Representatives will review application to ensure that the candidate meets the minimum qualifications.

PHASE 2

PANEL INTERVIEW

The Oral Panel interview is the first time you will meet with our Police Department Representatives. You will spend about 60 minutes answering a series of questions designed to evaluate your suitability for the position. We will evaluate your ability to communicate, your level of preparation, and decision making.Candidates must pass this evaluation to proceed further in the selection process.


PHASE 3

COMPLETE PRE-EMPLOYMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

After a successful competition of the Oral Panel, you will be given numerous documents to complete. This will include the Personal History Statement, which is an extensive collection of past residences, acquaintances, and employment information. The Background Questionnaire will cover personal relationships, group affiliations, financial history, employment history, driving history, and illegal conduct. All responses will be verified through the background investigation and polygraph examination.

PHASE 4

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

The background investigation is a very thorough investigation into your past and current conduct, relationships, and employment. An average background investigation can take 4-6 weeks. You will be expected to provide your investigator with needed documentation in a timely and complete manner. Dishonesty or omission of information will be cause for disqualification.

 

POLYGRAPH

As part of your background investigation, you will be required to submit to a polygraph examination. The examination is another tool used to verify an applicant’s trustfulness through the process.

PHASE 5

CONDITIONAL JOB OFFER

After clearing a background investigation, you may be invited to an interview with the hiring authority, usually with our Chief. This is a formal job interview, after which a conditional job offer may be extended.

FINAL STEPS

ONBOARDING

All applicants must attend a mandatory orientation session through the Training Division at the University of Florida Police Department.

Police Communications Police Service Technician
Once you have completed the previous steps, you can expect a standard orientation, paperwork, online training, and a tour.

The training model for the University of Florida Police Communications Section utilizes four phases of training for Call Taking, Dispatch, and Teletype Training. The total training period is estimated to be between 16 and 18 weeks:

Phase I – (8 weeks): consists of employee on-boarding and general department and university information necessary to acclimate new employees into their new role and work environment.

Phase II – (3 Weeks): establishes guidelines and procedures for call taking.

Phase III – (3 Weeks): establishes guidelines and procedures for receiving and dispatching calls for service, and FCIC/NCIC functions.

Phase IV – (2 weeks): involves observation of the trainee, with minimal to no CTO assistance.

Following the Communications Training, the Police Communication Operator will be subject to a final evaluation which includes successfully passing the End of Training Test with a minimum score of 80%.

Upon successful completion of the Communications Training, the Police Communication Operator is assigned to a patrol team.

Employees serve one year probation and shall be evaluated twice at the end of the third and six months of service.

Once you have completed the previous steps,

you can expect a standard orientation, paperwork, online training, and a tour.

Phase I – (1 week): consists of employee on-boarding and general department and university information necessary to acclimate new employees into their new role and work environment.

Phase II through V – (4 weeks): establishes guidelines and procedures for security checks for the UF Academic Health Center and surrounding parking lots and garages.

Upon successful completion of the Training, the PST is assigned to a shift.


QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions regard the University of Florida Police Department hiring process, please contact the Recruiting Officer at UPD-Recruiter@ad.ufl.edu or call (352)273-3307.