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Employment and Recruitment

     Diane Smith, Personnel Selection Coordinator


Are you looking for a career of a lifetime? Your future is with the City of Winter Haven Police Department.

The Winter Haven Police Department employs 84 Police Officers and 25 civilian support personnel. Our Department handles an average of 48,000 calls for police service a year. To maintain the highest level of efficiency, we incorporate state of the art equipment with on-going innovative in-house training programs.

If you feel you are a candidate that can support our Mission, Purpose and Core Values and Beliefs, a law enforcement career with the Winter Haven Police Department offers a challenging and exciting opportunity. We have a very active Reserve Unit as well. Click HERE to find out more.

We offer a full-service, professional Law Enforcement Agency and the experience of highly active policing in a dynamic community setting. This combination has created an environment for the men and women of the Winter Haven Police Department to fully develop their individual potential as they grow toward meeting their personal and professional career goals.

Candidates for Police Officer are chosen from a competitive field of applicants based on test scores, assessments and a rigorous background investigation.

The City of Winter Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Sworn Positions  -  Minimum Requirements

High school graduate from an accredited high school or have a GED
At least nineteen (19) years old
Florida Police Academy Graduate
Pass Florida's State LE Exam
Honorable discharge, if a veteran
Must be a citizen of the United States at the time of application
Must possess a valid Florida Driver's License
Must be of good moral character, have no felony convictions and committed no incidents of violence
Pass a background investigation
Pass a Polygraph Examination
Pass an Oral Review Board
Pass a drug test
Pass a Psychological Test
Pass a Physical Abilities Test
Pass an Entry-Level LE Exam
Pass a Medical Examination

For Specialty Units Click HERE

Vacation - 12 days first year, increasing with tenure
Holidays - 10 days per year
Sick Leave - 1 day per month
Personal Days - 3 per year (from Sick Leave)
Sick Leave Pool
Sick Leave Buy-Back Option
Health Insurance to include Dental and Medical
Life Insurance
Police Pension Plan with DROP and PLOP Provisions
Education Incentive:
Associate's Degree: $360.00
Bachelor's Degree: $960.00

Career Development Classes: $1440.00
Take Home Vehicle (after probation)
Education Tuition Reimbursement Plan
Salary Supplement (for certain assignments)
Off Duty Detail Pay (varies)
Bereavement Leave
Military Leave
Deferred Compensation Plan
Uniform Cleaning Services
Full Function Gym to be used either on-duty or off-duty
Annual City Health Fairs
Service Awards

Civilian Positions  -  Minimum Requirements

High school graduate or GED
19 years old
Honorable discharge, if a veteran
Pass a background investigation
Pass an Oral Review Board
Pass a drug test

For Benefits Click HERE

Employment Application

For inquiries regarding Personnel Selection and Recruitment, contact Diane Smith, the Winter Haven Police Department Personnel Selection Coordinator at:

Winter Haven Police Department, 125 N. Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven FL 33881
Phone: 863.298.4441 Fax: 863.298.5217

 Online Services
\ Crime Reports
Crime Reports allows residents to stay informed about rime in your neighborhood. This is a great community awareness tool Target a specific location and timeframe. Log on HERE to be more informed.
Sexual Predators
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement opens this resource to users in order to enter any address in Florida and search the Florida Sexual Offender/Predator Registry. A map is also available. Log on HERE to start the search.
Purchase Accident Reports
If you need to obtain an accident report that occurred in the City of Winter Haven, you can obtain one from the convenience of your home. Click HERE to begin a search for the report. (Please note there may be a fee associated with this service)
Inmate Search
All arrestees in Polk County are taken to the Polk County Jail and booked into that facility. Click HERE to access the Polk County Sheriff's site for inmate information.
Investigative Services
Uniform Services


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