Police Officer (Certified)
Purpose of Classification
The City of Boynton Beach's Police Officers are responsible for maintaining peace and safety, protecting life and property, and promoting community engagement and trust for the third largest municipality in Palm Beach County with an estimated population of approximately 75,000 residents. Boynton Beach Police Officers serve a highly diverse and multicultural community, which includes African Americans, Hispanics, French Creoles, Indigenous Americans, and Asians among its more than 75,000 residents.
Officers carry out these responsibilities by: patrolling an assigned area; responding to emergency calls; resolving conflicts; engaging in community policing and community relations, investigating crimes; rendering medical assistance; writing reports (using, software, computers, portable technology devices, and mobile data computers); handling crises or stressful situations, which may involve juveniles, the elderly, or the disabled; testifying in court; and enforcing Florida State laws and City Ordinances. Officers do this individually and sometimes as a member of a team, under direction of a supervisor. Once Officers have patrol experience they may be eligible to serve as part of a specialized unit (community policing, bicycle patrol, marine/boat patrol, motorcycle traffic enforcement, narcotics, criminal investigation, crime prevention, and others).
To accomplish this important work all Police Officers are expected to maintain their physical and mental fitness. All work is performed in accordance with City and Police Department policies and standard operating procedures.
Position Starting Annualized Salary:
Police Officer (Certified): $62,451*
* The starting rate of pay for newly hired police officers, who were actively employed for a
minimum of two (2) years as a certified law enforcement officer with a comparable agency, will be calculated as follows:
- Upon hire, officer will start at Step 0.
- Upon completion of probation, the officer is eligible to advance one (1) step for every two (2) full years of prior comparable certified law enforcement service, to a maximum of Step 3 ($72,294.84).
Certified Police Officer Incentive:
Certified Police Officers hired with the Boynton Beach Police Department will be eligible to receive a $5,000 incentive. This incentive will be paid as follows:
- $2,500 upon hire.
- $1,500 after six (6) months of employment - after successfully completing FTO.
- $1,000 after successful completion of probation.
- Knowledge of approved principles and practices of police work.
- Knowledge of applicable laws and *ordinances.
- Knowledge of the City of Boynton Beach's geography, physical, cultural, and social characteristics.*
- Knowledge of basic first aid methods, *Stop the Bleed, and *Mental Health First Aid.
* This specific knowledge may be acquired during employment and is not necessary to have at the time of application.
SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS
- Read and comprehend police-related technical and legal information.
- Document (write) incidents and actions accurately, completely, and legibly using standard forms; must also document using computer software/programs.
- Communicate effectively using both spoken (in English) and non-verbal methods.
- Visually scan a scene for potential hazards, weapons, or evidence of a threat.
- Willingness to challenge or confront people when necessary and justified.
- Evaluate and choose between conflicting alternatives with partial or incomplete information.
- Compare letters, numbers, words, or pictures to determine those that are the same or different.
- Apply prior experience and knowledge to assess a specific situation (for example, recognize criminal activity, identify evidence, recognize potential hazards or threats, etc.).
- Take immediate action in an emergency or evolving situation.
- Adapt own actions to rapidly changing conditions based on the nature of the situation.
- Observe, remember, and identify what is unique about individuals, vehicles, or property (such as, physical appearance, clothing, vehicle model, color, or damage, etc.).
- Safely operate an emergency vehicle while under various road and weather conditions.
- Safety and effectively use standard issued police equipment and tools.
- Establish control of a situation through oral commands, body language, and demeanor.
- Recognize and appropriately respond to citizen needs.
- Show compassion, emotional support, and empathy for others.
- Explain and educate others regarding standards of acceptable and unacceptable behavior using plain, non-offensive language.
- Accept responsibility for own actions.
- Work harmoniously with people and agencies, who you do not have control over, to achieve a common goal.
- Complete tasks with specified level of detail and accuracy.
- Maintain the level of physical conditioning, fitness, and endurance needed to perform essential duties.
- Maintain control of emotional reactions and impulses while taking charge of or handling a disagreeable or dangerous situation.
- Climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl in the pursuit of suspects and/or in crime scene investigations.
- Stand, walk, or run in the apprehension of suspects.
- Lift, carry, push or pull persons, vehicles, or property.
- Communicate and interact courteously and effectively with the public in all situations in which you are representing the City.
Police Officer (Certified)
- Be a United States citizen (U.S. born or naturalized).
- Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) equivalent, which includes United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) tests. Equivalence of non-U.S. education must be approved by the State of Florida's Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement Certification (Out-of-State Police Officer Certification will be considered with supporting training curriculum attached to this application).
- Be at least 19 years of age at time of application.
- Possess, or be eligible to obtain within seven (7) calendar days of hire, a valid Florida driver's license.
- Successfully complete any hiring process assessments.
- Additional training and/or certification(s) may be required as appropriate to assignment.
Additional Minimum Requirements for Out-of-State or Federally Certified Candidates:
Out-of-state or federally certified applicants also must provide verifiable proof of at least one (1) year of full-time, independent law enforcement experience within the past eight (8) years (excluding any academy training hours). This information must be included in the Work Experience section of this application.
PREFERRED ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
- Completed at least sixty (60) college credit hours toward a two (2) year degree or higher from an accredited private or public institution with at least a documented GPA of 2.0.
- Be at least 21 years of age at time of hire.
- Have at least one year of experience during which you had to establish and maintain a positive and effective relationship with others, i.e. working together as part of a team. A dditional information about your experience must be documented in the appropriate field in the Supplemental Questions in this application.
- Have fluency in a language other than English, especially languages frequently used by Boynton Beach residents and visitors which include: Spanish, French Creole, Portuguese, Asian/Indo-European languages, and/or American Sign Language. The City reserves the right to verify fluency.
Candidates who are selected for hire are first provided a "conditional offer" and are then required to successfully complete all of the following:
- Physical Exam
- Drug Screen
- Psychological Evaluation
- Comprehensive Background Investigation
- Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) or similar assessment tool
Additional Post-Offer Requirements for Out-of-State or Federally Certified Candidates
- Equivalency of Academy Training (92 hours), which includes High Liability
- State Officer Certification Exam
Below is a list of factors that will disqualify you from being considered for employment as a Police Officer for the City of Boynton Beach. This is not an exhaustive list, and other factors, such as moral character, may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Moral character may include, but is not limited to, factors such as criminal activity (e.g. crimes against society, persons, or property) as well as prior work history or general life experiences. These factors are considered on a case-by-case basis which may include, among other elements, the facts of each case, your age at the time, and the number of incidents.
Within the past 3 years (36 months) you must NOT have had any of the following:
- 8 or more points on your driving record
- Traffic-related suspension of your driver's license
- Revocation of your driver's license
- 4 or more moving violations
- Conviction or case pending for DUI, DWI, BUI, or Hit and Run
- Outstanding traffic warrants or current pending citations (including unpaid traffic fines)
At any time, you must NOT have had any of the following:
- Convicted of, or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, any felony offense
- Convicted of, or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, any misdemeanor offense involving perjury, making a false statement, or domestic/family violence (including abuse of any high-risk population: children, elderly, or disabled).
- Received less than an Honorable Discharge from any of the U.S. Armed Services.
- Must NOT have body art or branding (of any kind) that:
- Covers your head, neck, or hands.
- Contains words or images depicting swear words, nudity, gang signs or affiliations, disrespect to any protected class including sexual orientation or sexual identification, or similarly offensive art.
- Additional restrictions on body art, branding, scarification, or piercing may be determined at the discretion of the Chief of Police on a case-by-case basis.
Must NOT currently:
- Be under criminal investigation or have criminal charges pending.
Certain servicemembers and veterans, and the spouses and family members of such servicemembers and veterans, receive preference and priority in the City's hiring process. Additionally, certain servicemembers may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements in employment by the City.
Full-time employees (those regularly scheduled to work at least 30hours per week) are eligible for the City's benefit package.
The City of Boynton Beach's comprehensive benefits packageincludes:
• Student Loan Forgiveness
• Health Insurance
• Dental Insurance
• Vision Care Plan
• Basic Term Life Insurance
• Supplemental Life Insurance
• Dependent Life Insurance
• Accidental Death and
• CityPension Plan
• Short Term Disability and other Supplemental Plans
• Long Term Disability Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program
• 457 Savings Plan (three options)
• Paid Annual Leave / Vacation
• Bonus Vacation Hours
• 12Paid Holidays
• Paid Sick Leave / Family Sick Leave
• Educational Assistance Program *( Depending on budget funding )
•On-site Training Program
• Wellness Program
• Pre-Paid Legal and Identity Theft Protection Plans
• Credit Union
• Tax Deferred 125 Premium Plan
• Flexible Spending Account
• Direct Deposit
• Social Security
Student Loan Forgiveness
Let your City of Boynton Beach employment work for you! Under the U.S. Department of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, your student loan balance may be forgiven after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments while working full-time with a governmental agency. Visit StudentAid.gov/publicservice for more information or to see if you qualify.
The City pays the entire premium for an eligible employee. The employee may elect to cover a spouse and/or dependent children by paying the applicable premium for the dependent(s).
Premiums for eligible employeesare paid by the City. Premiums for any covered dependent are paid by the employee with a contribution by the City.
Vision Care Plan
Premiums for eligible employees are paid by the City. Premiums for any covered dependent(s) are paid by the employee.
Life Insurance / Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
The City provides each eligible employee with term lifeandaccidental death insurance.
Supplemental Life Insurance / Supplemental AD&D Insurance
Employees may purchase supplemental term life insurance on an individual-choice basis with premiums based on age. A matching amount of Accidental Death insurance may also be purchased.
Dependent Life Insurance
Employees who select supplemental coverage for themselves may also purchase coverage for their spouse and dependent children.
City Retirement / Pension Plans
The City has pension plans for general employees, police, and firefighters. Each plan is contributory with both the employee and the City contributing to the program.
Supplemental plans provide direct cash payments regardless of any other coverage you may have, and are designed to help fill in any gaps in a medical plan. The employee pays the premiums for these supplemental plans.
Short and Long Term Disability
The City provides Short and Long Term Disability insurance to eligible employees. The plan is designed to cover a disability sustained on or off the job.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The City contracts with an employee assistance program (EAP) toprovide employees and their dependentswith free, confidential and professional counseling to help resolve personal or family problems.
Deferred Compensation Plans (457 Plans)
The City makes available three deferred compensation plans that the employee may voluntarily contribute to on a tax-deferred basis.
All full-time employees accrue time toward paid vacation leave. Accrual begins immediately and vacation may be taken after six months of employment.
The City observes 12paid holidays throughout the year.
Sick Leave / Family Sick Leave
Full-time employees accrue one day ofsick leaveper month. An employee may elect to use up to 5 days per year of accrued sick time for illness in his/her immediate family.
Tuition Assistance *( Depending on availablebudget funding )
The Tuition Assistance Program reimburses eligible employees for successful completion of approved courses leading to Associate, Bachelor and Master degrees.
The City offers many wellness activities and programs throughout the year.
Prepaid Legal Services and Identity Theft Protection Plan
Employees may chooseto enroll ina prepaid legal service plan and an identity theft protection plan. The employee pays the premiums for these plans.
All City employees mayjoin the Credit Union of Palm Beach County. In addition to savings and checking accounts, the Credit Union offers different types of loans, investment choices and recreational opportunities.
Section 125 Plan for Health and Dental Premium
Section 125 of the Internal Revenue code allows you to have your dependent coverage premiums deducted before payroll taxes are withheld resulting in tax savings to you.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Employees mayparticipate in flexible spending accounts for reimbursement of medical and/or dependent care expenses.
Employees may have their bi-weekly paycheck deposited to the financial institution of their choice.
Closing Date/Time: 9/30/2023 11:59 PM Eastern