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Selection Process and Benefits
The Leesburg Police Department typically hires throughout the year based on the needs of the department. All positions are advertised in local newspapers, however you may submit an application to the City of Leesburg at any time. The department holds testing as necessary to maintain a hiring pool.
Leesburg Police Department Entry Level Selection Process
- All applicants must possess good moral character.
- All applicants must possess Florida certification to be a police practitioner, or be currently enrolled in a Florida Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission certification school for law enforcement officer certification.
- A completed application package consisting of:
- General Information
- Personal Inquiry Waiver (notarized)
- Certification of Understanding (notarized)
- Veteran's Preference Questionnaire, and
- Drug Policy Statement
- A general police aptitude test (spelling, vocabulary, math, reading comprehension) with a minimum passing score of 80%.
- A written test on the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and companion Police Canons with a minimum passing score of 80%. (Note: A pre-test and study material are provided to the applicant one week prior to the testing date.)
- Oral interview by a panel of Commanders and the Chief of Police.
- A urinalysis drug screening test pursuant to Florida State Statute 943 (Rule 11B-2700225)
- A Psychological Stress Evaluation (P.S.E.) examination of applicant information.
- A psychological test conducted by Dr. Vincent Skotko of Tampa, Florida.
- A physical examination by a medical doctor selected by the city.
a. 90 days for evaluation of field training,
b. 1 year probation with an evaluation for retention as a merit position police officer upon completion of a background investigation.
The Leesburg Police Department encourages all qualified applicants to submit applications to the Human Resources department at City Hall. The City of Leesburg provides excellent benefits including:
Insurance - eligible upon completion of 90 days of employment.
- Major Medical/Hospital
- Prescription Card
- Life Insurance
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment
- Additional Insurance Plans for Family Members
- Pension Plan
ICMA 401a pension funded by the City at 2% of salary. Police Officers participate in the Florida Statute 185 Pension and contribute 7.65% of salary for this additional plan. Employees may contribute additional tax-deferred dollars into a separate ICMA 457 account as well.
- Paid PTO (184 hours per year)
- PTO Buy Back Program
- Floating Holiday
- Funeral Leave
- Jury Duty Pay
- Military Duty Pay
- Computer Purchase Plan
- Wellness/Fitness Plan
- Take Home Cars