To All Police Applicants:
The Seminole Police Department has constantly maintained the highest standards in the selection of personnel who will represent the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Department.
All applicants will be required to submit a pre–screening application. This application will be reviewed internally for its completeness and accuracy of the information provided. If it is determined that your application meets the minimum standards set forth by the department, then you will be scheduled at some point during the background process for an interview. The interview process may include a panel comprised of various ranking officials from the police department.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they possess the following:
- Be a United States citizen at time of application.
- Be at least 19 years of age upon appointment.
- Possess, or be eligible to obtain, a valid Florida driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record.
- Be of good moral character and never have been convicted of any felony; or a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, or have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of a felony; or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, in spite of suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
- Have graduated from a standard high school or possess an equivalent education. Graduation from the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) or possession of a General Equivalency Diploma is acceptable only when accompanied by a transcript of grades. If a degree was acquired in a country other than the United States, evidence of equivalence from a recognized agency must be provided. Out-of-state GED or USAFI must be acceptable by the State of Florida Police Standards Council.
- Have completed a Florida Police Academy and successfully passed the State Exam. *We will consider applicants for sponsorship only when referred by and endorsed by the administration of a law enforcement agency in writing that may not be in a position to hire the candidate.
All applicants will also be required to submit to a Voice Stress test, psychological evaluation, thorough backround investigation and a full Medical Examination.
- No use of illegal or illicit drugs within five (5) years of the submission of an application for employment as a police officer, service aide or other administrative and clerical position.
- Any more than occasional past use of marijuana, and not within five years of application will be cause for automatic disqualification.
- Any more than minimal experimental past use of powder cocaine, and not within five years of application will be cause for automatic disqualification.
- Any misuse of amphetamines, barbiturates, inhalants, or designer drugs such as GHB, Rohypnol (Roofies), Ecstasy, Special K (Ketamine), etc., or hallucinogens such as LSD, PCP, Ice, Mescaline, Psilocybin (Mushrooms), etc., or abuse of any prescription drugs will result in automatic disqualification.
- Any more than one cycle of steroids, or any cycle within five years of application will be cause for automatic disqualification.
- Any past use of crack cocaine or heroin automatically disqualifies the applicant.
- Past sale or delivery of any illicit or illegal drug may be cause for disqualification.
- Any use of illicit or illegal narcotics after having been employed by a police or corrections agency, or in a police or corrections capacity (including Military Police) automatically disqualifies the applicant.
- Any use or abuse of any illegal or prescription drug, not specifically identified in this section, may be cause for disqualification.
- These are guidelines provided for applicants and they are not limited to the drugs listed in this narrative. Falsification of any information on the application is cause for automatic disqualification.
The background investigation conducted as part of the hiring process will attempt by its very purpose, to reveal if the moral character of the candidate is appropriate for employment as a police officer or for a position within the Seminole Police Department. Moral character is determined through the examination of the life experiences and actions of the applicant. Other factors in addition to past illicit narcotic use, such as history of arrest, incidence of theft, prior work history and driving history will also be considered. The Seminole Police Department requires participation in the Tribe’s Random Employee Drug Testing Program.
Positions for Employment:
The Seminole Police Department is constantly accepting applications for any position within the agency. If there are not any positions available, an eligibility list will be created and applicants will be pulled from that list. Applications will be accepted for the following positions: Police Officer, Dispatcher, Clerical / Administrative, Community Service Aide.
CHILD PROTECTIVE INVESTIGATOR OPENING (NON-SWORN)
There is an opportunity for assignment to the newly formed Child Protective Investigations Unit for the Seminole Police Department. The current openings are in
- Big Cypress
Travel to other Reservations will be required as well as the availability to respond to call-outs in a timely fashion.
Possess a Master’s Degree in a related field of study without experience.
Possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University and one year experience in Child Protective Investigations* or related fields such as:
- Behavioral Sciences
- Criminal Justice
*Child Protection Internship can substitute for one year experience.
Possess a valid Child Protection Certification issued by the State of Florida’s Child Welfare Certification Program, or attainment of a passing score on the Introduction to Child Protection Written Assessment required for Certification by the State of Florida Certification Board.
SPECIAL NOTE: Internship positions and Education for Career Program members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida meeting the general criteria of a Child Protective Investigator without a College/University degree may, with Command Staff approval, perform the job functions as defined by the Seminole Tribe of Florida Family Court Codes and the Seminole Police Department’s General Orders and Policy.
The assignment requires the ability to coordinate investigations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida Family Court, Seminole Family Services, and other Departments within the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The primary focus of the positions are to foster a working relationship with the community and to instill trust which will provide for a safe environment for the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s children and assist in preserving the Family Unit. The person(s) selected will have to conduct community awareness presentations concerning Child Abuse, Child Neglect, and Child Abandonment to the Seminole Tribe of Florida Communities. The work will be rewarding and also allow a person assigned to gain valuable experience that can be helpful in the future of their selected career path.
All of the positions in the Child Protective Investigations Unit will require on-going training in Child Protective Investigations in order to maintain a valid C.P.I. Certification.