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Police Sergeant

Recruitment #190529-007457-002


Please read the entire Job Posting as it will provide important information regarding the application process and promotional exam.  

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for supervisory tasks of average difficulty involving planning, assigning, directing, and reviewing the work of detectives, police officers or other personnel. Under general supervision, employees must exercise initiative and independent judgment in performing assigned tasks to include performance appraisals, investigation and adjustment of grievances, and discipline of subordinates. The employee must also exercise tact and courtesy in dealing with the public and be able to make accurate decisions and give advice to subordinate officers calmly and quickly in emergency or hazardous situations. Most positions require the employee to work on rotating shifts including nights, weekends and holidays. Work is reviewed through reports submitted, observation and results obtained.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: civil and criminal laws, police rules and regulations and standard operating procedures; modern police procedures, methods and terminology.

Some knowledge of: supervisory and administrative techniques; police personnel administration; basic psychology; the operation of electronic surveillance equipment may be required.

Ability to: perform complete and thorough investigations; give directions and act calmly and quickly in emergency or hazardous situations; write clear and accurate reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with officers, supervisors, officials and recruits as necessary.

Skill in: the use and care of firearms and other standard police equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

For Examination Participation:

Three (3) years of experience with the Tampa Police Department and 

Two (2) years of college credits (60-semester or 90 quarter hours).

NOTE: Experience must be obtained prior to midnight, October 23, 2019.  Individuals with less than the required education may sit for the exam but will not be eligible for promotion until proof of completed education is provided.  Proof of education submitted after the closing date will only be accepted from those who had education in progress on the closing date and the education will only be applied towards meeting promotion qualifications and not additional points.

For Promotion Consideration:

·Four (4) years of experience with the Tampa Police Department including at least one (1) year as a Detective or Corporal; and

·Two (2) years of college credits (60-semester or 90 quarter hours); and

·A rating of satisfactory or higher on the most recent performance evaluation.

Candidates participating in this promotional process for the first time or those who did not take the 2017 examination must submit a copy of their degree or official transcript (with signature and/or seal affixed) prior to the closing date/filing deadline. ­Candidates who participated in the 2017 promotional process will be awarded the same education points given in 2017 if no education documents are submitted.  If there has been a change in education status and you want to have additional information reviewed, ALL education documents must be submitted, including the past education submitted and new information to be considered, prior to the closing date.  The transcript or diploma may be scanned and attached via upload to the online application or forwarded via email to careers@tampagov.net. If the file you are uploading exceeds the attachment size allowed, you can try a free file compression tool online such as http://pdfcompressor.com/ to reduce the size of your upload.

NOTE: Applications and associated documentation must be received no later than 4 pm on September 9, 2019.  All submissions received after this date will not be processed.  Applicants can monitor eligibility status by viewing their profile within JobAps which will change from “Submitted for Review” once eligibility is determined.  Those who meet eligibility requirements will have their profiles changed to “Meets Initial Qualifications” no later than August 2, 2019.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid drivers license required.


Date of the Written Test: 10/23/2019, 1:00 PM at the Tampa Convention Center.

Examination Scoring:

· 80% Written Test (Weighted - 80% multiple choice; 20% In-Basket)

·10% Education

·10% Seniority

The written test will be a combination of 80 multiple choice questions and 20 multiple-choice in-basket questions. Candidates must attain a minimum passing score of 70% on the written test. Employees who earn a passing score on the written test, will be granted education and seniority points consistent with Article 35.3.5.  As previously determined, seniority will be calculated up to the date of the examination, October 23, 2019.  Candidates who qualify for Veterans' Preference based on the required documentation will have the appropriate points assigned based on their category after earning a passing score per current Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs guidelines (http://floridavets.org)

Additional information related to source material question breakdown will be communicated in the invitation to sit for the exam.


Education Points (to receive education points, the college attended must be accredited as recognized by the FDLE salary incentive program):

·0-59 Credit Hours = 0 points

·Associate's Degree or 60-119 Credit Hours = 2.5 points

·Bachelor's Degree or 120-179 Credit Hours = 5 points

·Master's Degree or 180+ Credit Hours = 7.5 points

·Doctorate Degree = 10 points

A copy of the degree or official transcript (with signature and/or seal affixed) must be received prior to 4:00:00 PM on September 9, 2019 to receive consideration for education points.


Candidates who submit documents on or before July 1, 2019 and wish to view their calculated education points will be able to do so by logging into their JobAps profile.  The points will be updated and viewable in the” score” column no later than August 1, 2019 for those who apply on or before July 1, 2019.    

Candidates who participated in the 2017 examination will be able to view their education points by logging into their JobAps profile. The points will be viewable in the "score" column no later than August 1, 2019 for those who apply on or before July 1, 2019.

Education points will no longer be viewable in the system after August 8, 2019.  However, education points can be reviewed after the test during the scheduled review period.

Sample Candidate Examination Score:


 Component  Your Score  Possible Points Converted Score  Weight  Converted Score x Weight 

 Multiple Choice












 In-Basket  20  20  100%  20%  20%
       Total Written Score  70% (PASS)
         Total Written x 80%  56



 Component  Your Score Possible Points 
 Written  56  80
 Education  7.5  10
 Seniority  4.66  10
 Final Score  68.1  100



Selection Plan

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:  4 pm September 9, 2019