Police Officer Employment

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How & When to Apply

Applications are accepted only for those positions that are currently being advertised and only during the period that the position is open for applicants as indicated within the job posting. Except for Police Officer positions, the City of Atlantic Beach does not maintain a Job Applicant file and applicants must apply, or reapply for jobs as they are advertised.

Positions open to the public are advertised in the local newspapers (Shorelines and Beaches Leader), the Florida Times Union, and posted in the Current Jobs Available section of this website. Available positions are also posted on City bulletin boards throughout the City and at the City Hall building.

  • City of Atlantic Beach
    City Hall Building
    800 Seminole Road
    Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

You may apply online, by fax 904-242-3498, by Email, by mail, or in person at the City of Atlantic Beach City Hall located at 800 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach, Florida.

If you cannot apply through one of these means, we would be more than happy to mail an application to you which can be completed and returned by mail.

Applications must be received or postmarked (if mailed) no later than 5 p.m. on the "closing" date as indicated for each position in the job advertisement.

Police Officer Eligibility Criteria

  • Appropriate visible tattoos will be permitted at the discretion of the Chief of Police. Any tattoo indicating membership in a hate, racist, subversive organization, criminal gang, or any symbol associated will not be permitted. Any visible tattoo that can be reasonable offensive or morally objectionable, including, but not limited to, racially oriented, drug related, or sexually explicit words, pictures, or symbols will not be permitted. No tattoos above the collar bone or on hands and fingers.
  • Must not have used tobacco products during the last year immediately preceding application.
  • Must be a certified Police Officer or in Police Academy.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Not have any of the disqualifiers as listed on the Supplemental Police Officer Application Form.
  • Must pass a criminal background check that includes, but may not be limited to:

a. Reference checks from both employers and personnel

b. Criminal history check

c. Driver history check

  • Must be in good physical condition and complete a pre-employment physical to
    verify that you can perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Must complete a pre-employment polygraph test.
  • Be able to pass the National Police Officer Selection Test (Standard). This test consists of four sections and measures the basic skills necessary to perform successfully as a Police Officer.
  • Be able to pass a pre-employment physical abilities test conducted by the City. The battery of job-related tests is intended to be completed in the fastest possible time and will require maximum effort by the applicant. Tests are designed to measure balance, muscular endurance and strength, flexibility, anaerobic power and capacity, fine motor skills and aerobic power. Tests will include two 220-yard runs, dragging a 150-pound object 100 feet, jumping over obstacles (12-24 inches high), climbing over a wall (40 inches high), two 50 foot-sprints, and movement around a series of pylons.

Police Officer Disqualifiers (Including but Not Limited to the Following):

  • Use of tobacco or tobacco products during the last year immediately preceding application.
  • Any felony conviction. (Staff review all felony arrests)
  • Any misdemeanor conviction involving moral character, domestic violence, perjury, or false statements.
  • Any misdemeanor conviction in the last 2 years. (Staff review 2 to 5 years)
    Three or more incidents resulting in moving violations in the last 2 years. (Staff review 2 to 5 years)
  • Any DUI arrest in the last 2 years. (Staff review 2 to 5 years)
  • A refusal to submit to a chemical test for DUI in the last 2 years. (Staff review 2 to 5 years)
  • Any driver's license suspension in the last 2 years, except for FR (financial responsibility), suspensions. (Staff review 2 to 5 years)
  • The sale of any controlled substance, ever.
  • The use or experimentation with marijuana within the last 2 years. (Staff review 2 to 5 years)
    The use of or experimentation with any other illegal substance in the last 5 years. (Such as, but not limited to cocaine, heroin, LSD, hashish, mescaline, PCP, opium, peyote, THC, designer drugs or any of their derivatives). The use of any narcotic without the benefit of a prescription within the last 5 years. (Such as, but not limited to: opium, morphine, methadone, or any of their derivatives). (Staff review 5 to 10 years)
  • Appropriate visible tattoos will be permitted at the discretion of the Chief of Police. Any tattoo indicating membership in a hate, racist, subversive organization, criminal gang, or any symbol associated will not be permitted. Any visible tattoo that can be reasonable offensive or morally objectionable, including, but not limited to, racially oriented, drug related, or sexually explicit words, pictures, or symbols will not be permitted. No tattoos above the collar bone or on hands and fingers.

Application Forms & Documents Required

Remember to complete your application very carefully and thoroughly. Remember, we do not know you and have to judge your experience and abilities based upon your application. What you place on your application may determine if you are interviewed.

Once you submit an application, you are responsible for notifying us of any changes in your telephone number or other "key" information to ensure consideration.

Police Officer applicants must complete and submit the following forms:

1. City Employment Application Form (online)or (PDF Format).
2. Supplemental Police Officer Application Form (online) or (PDF Format).

The following forms and/or documents are required to be provided when you report to take the physical/agility and the written tests.

1. An original properly completed and physician signed Physician's Clearance Form.
2. An original properly completed and signed Authority for Release of Information Form
(CJSTC Form 58). (Printable Form)
3. A copy of your current driver's license.
4. A copy of your Police Officer certification papers.
5. A copy of your DD Form 214, if applicable
6. A copy of any additional certification and/or training papers.
7. A complete listing of all places that you have lived for the past ten (10) years to
include:
a. The "to" and "from" dates that you lived at each address.
b. The complete legal address to include: street, city, and zip code. A P.O. Box is not adequate.
c. The name of the landlord if you were renting/leasing.
d. The phone number of the landlord.

Although optional, all applicants are also requested and encouraged to complete an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Survey Form (online) or (PDF Format).

If offered a position, the following documents will be required:

1. Birth Certificate
2. High School Diploma or GED
3. Social Security Card
4. Citizenship papers (if applicable)

Employment Process

The entire employment process takes from 6 to 12 weeks to complete depending on the number of applicants. All selected applicants will be notified by mail after each phase as to their continuation in the employment process. The Police Officer employment process consists of the following:

Phase 1 - Complete Application

Phase 2 - Physical/Agility and Written Test. This phase takes about 5 hours to complete, depending on the number of applicants.

Applicants may prepare themselves for the Police Officer Selection Written Exam by visiting https://www.applytoserve.com/study/where you will find study guides and practice tests.

The Online POST Study Guide: Learn more about the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) before actually taking it. Includes sample questions in addition to information about test sections and time limits.

The Online POST Practice Exam: Prepare yourself by taking an online practice version of the POST test you will encounter on exam day. See if you can complete each test section in the time allowed, or review your work with any time remaining. After time expires or you submit your responses, you’ll receive immediate feedback about your performance. Thorough explanations are provided for each incorrect response so you better understand how to improve. Please note that purchases are good for one attempt at the POST practice exam. 

Phase 3 - Oral Interview Board

Phase 4 - Polygraph examination

Phase 5 - Psychological examination

Phase 6 - In-depth background investigation

Phase 7 - Those that satisfactorily complete Phase 1 through 5 will be considered by the department and the best qualified candidate(s) shall be given a conditional offer of employment.

Phase 8 - Those given a conditional offer of employment must successfully pass a pre-employment physical and drug screening.

How Applicants Are Selected

All applications are screened by the Human Resource Department with those applications that pass this initial screening being forwarded to the Public Safety Department for further screening.

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