The St. Petersburg Police Department is accepting applications from Florida certified law enforcement Officers and applications for the position of Police Cadet (law enforcement academy sponsorship).

Thank you for your interest in the position of police officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department. The St. Petersburg Police Department is a progressive police department dedicated to providing its residents with the best in law enforcement. This is reflected in our mission statement and department tenets of Loyalty, Integrity, and Honor. The St. Petersburg Police Department has been accredited with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) since 1985, and with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) since 2003.”

The selection of competent personnel for police officer positions is essential to provide for the safety and protection to which the public is entitled.

All applicants for the position of police officer with the City of St. Petersburg must successfully complete:

  • A polygraph examination
  • A vocational assessment / psychological evaluation (test & interview)
  • A physical abilities test
  • A physical examination and controlled substance test
  • An administrative interview
  • A background investigation

The purpose of establishing selection standards is to define (as clearly as possible) the kind of individual who can best serve the citizens of St. Petersburg.


Age: Be at least 19 years of age.
Education: High School graduate with 30 credit hours
Experience: No experience is necessary

Police Officer salary from $51,551-$79,518

Lateral Transfers

Certified Police Officers who transfer laterally to our agency may be eligible to receive one step for one year of creditable service up to Step 5 after completing the field training program. This may be applied when an applicant is a Florida State Certified Officer or when we have an out-of-state officer who meets the FDLE guidelines of eligibility to attend the Equivalency of Training Academy.

Pre-Certified Officer Incentive Program

Florida certified officers and out of state officers that qualify for the FDLE’s Equivalency of Training Certification Program are eligible for this incentive program. The Department will pay an $8000 incentive to individuals that are hired. $4000 will be paid upon successful completion of the Field Training Program and $4000 will be paid after four (4) years of continuous service. This monetary incentive is subject to certain conditions as indicated in the Incentive Program Agreement.

Please visit our website at to review our selection process and submit an application

Job Requirements

Age: Be at least 19 years of age.
Education: High School graduate with 30 credit hours
Experience: No experience is necessary

To be eligible for employment/appointment as a police officer and/or reserve officer, an applicant must:

  • Be at least nineteen (19) years of age, in accordance with F.S.S. 943.13 (1).
  • Be a citizen of the United States, in accordance with F.S.S. 943.13 (2).
  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent supplemented with sixty (60) semester hours (or quarter-hour equivalents) in any recognized discipline at a Department-approved accredited college or university. Although sixty (60) semester hours are required, an applicant with at least thirty (30) semester hours (excluding courses given at any police academy), is eligible to apply. An additional thirty (30) hours will be granted upon completion of training at a Florida Police Academy, such as the Southeastern Public Safety Institute, and successful completion of the State Certification Exam.


Have at least three (3) years honorable military service or two (2) years full-time prior sworn/certified law enforcement experience and training in lieu of the college credits. If you do not have thirty (30)hours of college credits from a Department-approved accredited college or university, you will be required to take a college placement test.

It must be a Postsecondary Educational Readiness Test (PERT), which is administered at any community college in the State of Florida.  The scores must meet or exceed the minimum in the following:  Reading (104), Writing (99) and Mathematics (113).  If you do not score accordingly, you must take and successfully complete a remedial course(s) prior to employment with our agency.

NOTE:  Prior to September 19, 2011, the Accuplacer® College Placement Test was the accepted College Placement Test to all community colleges in the State of Florida.  Accuplacer® test results will continue to be accepted if they are less than two years old and if the following scores are met and/or exceed: Reading (83%), Writing (83%) and Algebra (72%).

  • Successfully complete the physical agility test.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license at time of application and a valid State of Florida Driver’s License at time of appointment.
  • Be in good physical and mental health as determined by licensed physicians designed by the City, and in accordance with F.S.S. 943.13(6).
  • Successfully complete the pre-employment screening process.
  • Meet the vision requirements of 20/100 uncorrected, in each eye, corrected to 20/40 by glasses. Visual acuity may exceed uncorrected limits if visual acuity of 20/20 can be achieved through the use of soft contact lenses.
  • Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation and controlled substance testing, in accordance with F.S.S. 943.13 (7).