Law Enforcement Trainee

Full Time
Coral Springs, FL 33065
$58,149 - $101,851 a year
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description

The Coral Springs Police Department has a diverse workforce, with an authorized strength of 225 police officers and 99 civilian members, who are dedicated to providing the highest level of professional service to our citizens, businesses and the visitors we serve. We are nationally accredited, as an Accreditation with Excellence Agency in both Law Enforcement and Communications, through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) as well as a Meritorious Agency at the state level through the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

This level of service has allowed Coral Springs to enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in Florida for cities with a population of over 100,000 residents. By incorporating a number of problem solving initiatives throughout the community, such as the Burglary Enforcement And Reduction Unit, the Make a Call Make a Difference community crime campaign and having a School Resource Officer in every public school, our staff is committed to the City of Coral Springs' mission statement: to be the premier city in which to live, work and raise a family.

For more information on our City and Police Department, please visit the following sites:

Coral Springs Police Department Employment Information:
Coral Springs Police Department website:

Examples of Duties

The Law Enforcement Trainee position is designed for candidates who meet the Coral Springs Police Department's education requirement but do not possess the required experience to automatically qualify as a Law Enforcement Officer. Additionally, the Law Enforcement Trainee position offers an opportunity for candidates who have served 2 years in the military and have earned a minimum of 60 college credits to become sworn Law Enforcement Officers. The Coral Springs Police Department only hires Law Enforcement Trainees who are prepared to become Law Enforcement Officers immediately upon successful completion of the Police Academy. Law Enforcement Trainees are immediately sworn-in and promoted to Law Enforcement Officers upon successful completion of the Police Academy and their base salary is increased to $64,609.

Under specific direction of a Police Sergeant, assists with the performance of non-emergency police work and attendance at the Police Academy. Employee functions at entry staff level to assist with law enforcement duties. Specific assignments are received from a Police Sergeant or superior officer, however, employee must be capable of reacting with independent judgment and initiative in dealing with routine and non-emergency situations.

  • Enforces vehicle parking and operating laws; issues and explains citations for violations.
  • Assists Law Enforcement Officers with investigations of wanted and missing persons, and stolen property; assists in the preparation of police reports.
  • Directs traffic and assists pedestrians at intersections.
  • Prepares various daily and periodic written reports and departmental forms; maintains logs; completes forms; prepares speed reports.
  • Assists with natural disaster preparedness and emergency response; directs evacuation traffic.
  • Assists with animal control services.
  • Attends training academy, training sessions and seminars as directed.

Typical Qualifications


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college, OR
  • Two years of active duty in the Military AND a minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited college in lieu of a Bachelor's Degree.
    • All candidates that qualify for the reduced 60 college credit requirement must sign a contract agreeing to complete their Bachelor's Degree within 5 years of hire
    • Credits must be degree seeking credits not attained as a result of Police Academy attendance
  • Meet the requirements outlined for Law Enforcement Officers pursuant to Florida State Statute and meet minimum standards as set forth by the Broward College Institute of Public Safety and the City of Coral Springs.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and a United States Citizen.
  • Possess a current valid Florida driver's license and acceptable driving record.

Supplemental Information

Candidates selected for further consideration after submitting their initial employment application will be contacted through notification to their account to provide additional documentation including the Extended Application. Only candidates selected for consideration beyond the submission of their initial employment application will be provided with these documents. Please do not attach any test scores or documentation other than a resume prior to being instructed to do so.

Coral Springs Police Department Law Enforcement Trainees are fully sponsored while attending the Broward College Institute of Public Safety Police Academy. Law Enforcement Trainees earn a salary of $58,149.00 ($27.96 hourly) and are eligible for insurance benefits while attending the Police Academy. Additionally, tuition, books and any other required class materials are fully paid for. Upon successful completion of the Academy and successful completion of the State Certification Exam, Law Enforcement Trainees are sworn in as Law Enforcement Officers and begin Field Training.

The following includes all steps required to process for the position. Continuing on with each step of the process is contingent upon successfully completing the previous step. Candidates can be dismissed at any point throughout the consideration process. Communication regarding scheduling and updates will be posted to your account, please check your account regularly.

  • Apply via our online application
  • Application review
  • Request sent to candidate for required documents and Extended Application to be completed
  • Review of Extended Application and documents. Review of documents to include:
    • C.J.B.A.T. (Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test) - minimum passing score within last 4 years - Can be taken anywhere in Florida
    • Basic Motor Skills Test (Agility Test) – passing score within last 6 months - Administered by Broward College Institute of Public Safety
    • Swim Test – passing score, does not expire - Temporarily Administered by CSPD, scores from Broward College Institute of Public Safety also accepted.
    • Copy of Birth Certificate
    • Copy of High School Diploma or GED (only if applying without Bachelor's Degree)
    • Copy of Driver's License with current name and address
    • Copy of Social Security Card with current/correct name
    • Copy of Military Release Form – DD214 (if applicable)
    • Official Sealed/Stamped College Transcripts
  • Oral Board
  • Computerized Voice Stress Analysis Examination and Fingerprints
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Ride Along Participation
  • Interview with Chief of Police
  • Extensive Background Investigation
  • Post-Offer Medical Examination and Drug Test
  • Completion of 12 month probationary period
The Coral Springs Police Department is firmly committed to offering an equitable, drug-free work environment. We do not discriminate in any employment related decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or other similar factors that are not job-related. This commitment is practiced in all aspects of our personnel policies, programs, practices, recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention and other related activities. When requested, the Coral Springs Police Department will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Unit at [email protected] if special assistance is needed.

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