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Job Description

Job Description


$22.50 - $35.52 Hourly
$46,800.00 - $73,881.60 Annually



Under the general supervision of a Sergeant, performs a wide variety of police and law enforcement activities. Provides a multiplicity of police protection and other services necessary to enforce the laws and ordinances of the City and safeguards the lives, property, and constitutional rights of its citizens. Duties include an element of personal danger, i.e., exposure to life-threatening circumstances, apprehending criminals, and transporting prisoners. Incumbent may be assigned to a specific division of the Police Department such as Patrol, Investigation, Administration or Support, wherein position will perform primary duties proportionate to the division’s designated function. Incumbents perform duties in accordance with Florida State Statutes and established departmental policies, procedures, and guidelines. The incumbent must be able to act without close supervision and must be able to exercise independent judgement. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences and review of written reports for results obtained and adherence to established policies and procedures. Performs related work as required.

Individual(s) assigned to this classification must report to work per their assigned schedule.



Conducts routine preventive patrol in designed residential and business areas, and initiates contacts with both business operators and residents to establish open communications, gather and dispense information, and establish the presence of law enforcement within the community. 

Responds to calls for police service and takes action upon observing a circumstance or situation requiring police attention such as; the detection and/or prevention of criminal activity, the enforcement of traffic violations, the investigation of traffic crashes, the collection of intelligence, in addition to providing general assistance to the public.

Is responsible for apprehending and arresting suspects in accordance with state and local laws; the preparation and execution of necessary search warrants; transporting of suspects to jail; and testifying and presenting evidence in court.

Provides information and/or assistance to the public, victims, witnesses, and relatives concerning available services in the community and services provided by other city, county and state agencies when applicable.

Responds to domestic disputes and mediates potentially violent or lethal situations involving a wide variety of participants, including family members, neighbors, landlords and tenants, rival youth gangs, etc. in an effort to diffuse the situation and establish a peaceful dialogue between the involved parties.

Performs significant report and record duties such as initial crime reports, felony reports, statements arrest reports, warrant forms, vehicle inventory and search reports, property and disposition forms, and misdemeanor investigation reports.

May act as the first responder in rescue and first aid services to victims of vehicle crashes, natural disasters, and other emergency situations.



For specific functional area such as investigations, primary function includes follow up investigative activities, i.e., reviewing initial investigation and case file, interviewing witnesses, developing resources, gathering and processing evidence, completing documentation.

For specific functional area such as patrol, primary function including providing for the safety and convenient flow of traffic and pedestrians, reporting unsafe conditions, investigating impaired drivers and maintaining civil obedience at group gatherings.

Attends vocational classes, seminars, and related training opportunities to maintain/achieve various certifications and to maintain state law enforcement certification. In addition to, maintaining current knowledge of statutes, court decisions, and related law enforcement developments.

Maintains vehicle and assigned equipment according to established departmental policy and procedures. 

Performs other assignment as required.



Full Time Police Officer – Have an Associate's Degree or sixty (60) college credits from an accredited college or university.  Current Florida law enforcement certification may be accepted as substitution for the college degree/credit requirement for employment; Associate's Degree or sixty (60) college credits must be obtained within five (5) years of hire date.

Meets any additional current state training requirements to obtain State of Florida Police Officer Certification; periodic in-service training to maintain certification and weaponry qualification.

Not Florida Certified?  Cape Coral Police Department offers a limited number of paid sponsorships to highly qualified applicants which include Police Officer Trainee pay, Academy tuition, and full time employee benefits.

Minimum Standards for Sponsorship to the Southwest Florida Public Safety Academy:

• Must be at least 21 years of age

• Must be a United States citizen 

• Must possess 60 College Credits or a College Degree from an accredited degree seeking college 

• Must not have had driver’s license suspended within the last 3 years 

• Must not have received 3 or more moving traffic violations in any one-year period, within the past 3 years 

• Must not have been convicted of a felony crime 

• Must not have pled “nolo contendere,” or guilty, or been convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, false statements, perjury, or domestic violence 

• Must be released or discharged from the armed forces under conditions other than dishonorable 


Minimum Standards for Florida Certified Officer Applicants: 

• Must be 21 years of age 

• Must be a United States Citizen 

• Must have a high school diploma or GED Certification 

• Must not have had driver’s license suspended within the last 3 years 

• Must not have received 3 or more moving traffic violations in any one-year period, within the past 3 years 

• Must not have been convicted of a felony crime

  Must not have pled “nolo contendere,” or guilty, or been convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, false statements, perjury, or domestic violence 

• Must be released or discharged from the armed forces under conditions other than dishonorable 

• Must have successfully passed the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE) 

• Must be a Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officer 

• Must not have been forced to resign or been terminated from any Law Enforcement Agency within last five (5) years (not overturned on appeal) 

• If currently employed as a law enforcement officer, must not be currently under internal investigation(s) 

NOTE: Those who are hired under the Florida Certified Officer Exception, without College Credits, shall not be eligible for any specialty positions or assignments within the department until 60 college credits are obtained from an accredited college. If the 60 college credits are not obtained within five years of employment, those individuals will have their employment terminated. 

*Applicants who apply under the Florida Certified Officer Exception, must sign the Florida Certified Officer Agreement. Those who decline the agreement will no longer be eligible to continue through the hiring process.



Has thorough knowledge of federal laws, state statutes, and local ordinances.

Has considerable knowledge of crime prevention techniques.

Has considerable knowledge of principles and techniques employed in criminal investigations.

Has considerable knowledge of principles and techniques employed in accident investigations.

Has considerable knowledge of First Responders medical care and CPR.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationship with the general public, other public agencies, the media, City Officials, etc. 

Ability to prepare clear, comprehensive oral and written reports.

Ability to assist in lifting and/or moving heavy objects or persons in the course of rescue or law enforcement activities, and physical restraints of persons in the course of law enforcement activities. 

Is skilled in the care and safe operation of a variety of firearms, impact weapons, chemical agents and irritants.

Is skilled in the operation of motorized vehicles under adverse conditions.

Is able to analyze situations quickly and objectively.

Is able to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Freedom from substance abuse, mental disorders, etc. which may interfere with performance of essential job functions as described herein.

Ability to think clearly and maintain composure under emergency situations.

Is able to work effectively under stressful conditions.

Is able to learn the geography of the City and surrounding areas.

Is able to exercise discretion.



Physical Requirements: Tasks involve frequent walking, standing; some lifting and carrying objects of light to heavy weight (5-100+pounds).

Physical agility and fitness for performing duties that require potential exertion, i.e., subduing subjects, climbing fences.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, or composite characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of evidence, crime and accident scenes, and documentation.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to convey or exchange information. Includes giving and receiving instructions, assignments and/or directions. Requires the ability to convey a sense authority.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read and interrupt government, legal, and policy and procedures. 

Intelligence: Requires the ability to draw valid conclusions in task processing and prioritization. Requires the ability to apply principles of rational and influence systems. 

Verbal Aptitude: Must communicate efficiently and effectively in Standard English. Must speak with poise, confidence, and voice control.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide; calculate decimals and percentages.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to judge length, width, depth, shapes, and visually read various information.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes accurately.

Manual Dexterity: Must possess excellent levels of eye/hand/foot coordination. 

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors or shades of color. 

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people from a variety of governmental agencies, city departments and residents/visitors in the community in both giving and receiving instructions. Must be able to perform essential functions when confronted with potentially violent persons. 

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to speak and hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging information by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear). 

Environmental Requirements: Tasks maybe performed in adverse weather conditions, e.g., dirt, cold, rain, fumes and high winds.


Testing Process

Testing Process


The written test is a standardized general knowledge aptitude test. The test measures general knowledge in the areas of math, grammar, comprehension, report writing, and the ability to follow instructions. Candidates will have one hour and fifteen minutes to complete the test.


PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST:  Applicants must complete the course in 6:04

TASK 1: Exit car and enter trunk:

The test begins with the applicant seated in a full size automobile, seat belt on, with hands at the 10 and 2 o’clock position on the steering wheel.  Around the applicant’s waist is a pull-away flag belt with ribbons (flags) positioned over each hip.  The trunk key is in the glove compartment, which is in the closed position. A weapon, (inert revolver, will not fire live rounds) and a flashlight are positioned in the front center part of the trunk.

The stopwatch is started when the applicant removes hands from the steering wheel. They will then unfasten seat belt, open the glove box and remove key, then exit the vehicle (glove box and vehicle door are to be left open). The applicant moves to the back of the car where the key is inserted in the lock and the trunk opened. Immediately after opening the trunk the applicant touches each ribbon with the opposite hand from behind the back and the flag is pulled away, letting it fall to the ground. The weapon and the flashlight are removed from the trunk; the trunk is closed with the key remaining in the lock. Immediately after placing the weapon on the nearby bench, five feet from the left rear tail light, the applicant proceeds with flashlight in hand to the beginning of the 220-yard run (marked by a large orange traffic cone).

TASK 2: 220 Yard Run:

Carrying a flashlight, the applicant runs 220 yards on a flat surface to the entrance of the obstacle course.

TASK 3: Obstacle Course:

Upon completion of the 220 yard run, the applicant passes through the pylons at the entrance to the obstacle portion of the course. Ten feet into the obstacle course, the applicant must climb a 40-inch wall followed by a series of three (24, 12, and 18 inch) hurdles five feet apart located 10 feet beyond the wall. Ten feet beyond the final hurdle, the applicant encounters the first of nine pylons in a single row spaced five feet apart. The Applicant must serpentine through the pylons. Ten feet beyond the last pylon, the applicant must crawl under a 27-inch high, eight foot long low crawl area after which the applicant stands, and places the flashlight beside one of the pylons.

Note: If at any time the applicant knocks over a hurdle or pylon, they immediately stop fix the hurdle or pylon and repeats that portion of the obstacle course.

TASK 4: Dummy Drag:

The applicant then sprints 50 feet, grabs the 150-pound dummy and drags it 100 feet on a cut grass surface.

TASK 5: Obstacle Course (Repeat of Task 3 in reverse):

Upon completion of the dummy drag, the applicant sprints 50 feet back to the pylon, picks up the flashlight and reverses course through the obstacles.  After the wall climb, the applicant moves through the pylons and once again repeats the 220-yard run.

TASK 6: 220 Yard Run (Repeat of Task #2):

TASK 7: Weapon Fire:

After completing the 220 yard run, the applicant places the flashlight on the bench, picks up the weapon, Assumes a firing position while keeping arms completely outstretched at shoulder height and parallel with the ground, “dry firing” six (6) rounds each using the dominant, then non-dominant hand.

TASK 8: Enter Trunk/Enter Car (Repeat of Task 1 in Reverse)

Following the weapons dry fire, the trunk is opened, the weapon and flashlight are placed inside the trunk and the trunk is closed. After the key is removed from the trunk lock (do not break the key of in the lock by removing at an angle, take your time), the applicant re-enters the vehicle, closing the vehicle door, places the key in the glove box, closes the glove box, refastens the seat belt and places both hands on the steering wheel, at which time the test ends and the stop watch is stopped. This must be completed in less than 6 minutes 4 seconds.



Due to the amount of waterways within the City of Cape Coral, a police officer is required to have the ability to swim and perform tasks underwater. The Professional Standards Bureau personnel will administer the swim test. Applicants will jump in feet first (no diving) and retrieve a 10 lb. weight from the bottom of the pool (a depth of approx. 10-11 feet). The candidate will then place the weight on the top edge of the pool and tread water. After the applicant demonstrates they can tread water they will swim to the shallow end (approx. 25-30 feet). The applicant will have successfully completed the swim test once in the shallow end and will exit the pool. At no time can the applicant hold onto the sides of the pool for assistance or stop the test for a break after they have started.



Those applicants who have satisfactorily completed the above tests will be scheduled for an oral interview.

All applicants selected from the candidate pool, and prior to appointment, are required to pass a polygraph test, psychological screening, physical examination, and drug screening. In addition, all candidates are subject to a complete background investigation.


Equivalency of Training (EOT)

Equivalency of Training (EOT)

Equivalency of Training (EOT)

The Equivalency of Training (EOT) process is for Out-of-State Federal Officers and previously certified Florida officers with a four year or more break-in-service pursuant to section 943.131(2), Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) 11B-35.009(4)(5).

The EOT allows an officer to be exempt from having to complete the full basic recruit academy.

You may be eligible for an exemption from the full basic training requirements if you were an officer in another state or with the federal government and meet the following requirements:

  • You worked at least one year, full-time as a sworn officer in the discipline you are seeking exemption;
  • You received training in that discipline which is comparable to Florida's full basic recruit curriculum and/or;
  • You were previously certified in Florida.


There can be no more than an 8 year break in employment as an officer. The break in employment is measured from the separation date of the most recent qualifying employment to the time a complete application requesting an exemption from training is submitted to a Criminal Justice Selection Center or criminal justice employing agency.

Once you are approved for an equivalency of training, you will need to demonstrate proficiency in the high liability areas and pass the state certification exam in the same discipline within 1 year of receipt of the approved Equivalency of Training CJSTC Form 76. 

If you do not complete the training and pass the State Officer Certification Examination within the 1 year time limit, you may apply for another exemption from training, but you must be eligible pursuant to Chapter 943.131(2), F.S. at the time of application.

By law, criminal justice employing agencies or selection centers are responsible for reviewing out-of-state or federal officer's employment and training to initially determine eligibility for exemption. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement does not determine a person's eligibility. 

Upon collection, verification and authentication of documentation which establishes that you meet the training and experience requirements, a criminal justice employing agency or an assessment center must submit a completed Equivalency of Training CJSTC Form 76 to the FDLE for approval. (The applicant does not complete the CJSTC-76 form)

Documentation of one year's experience as an out-of-state or federal officer may consist of authentic copies of one or more of the following:

  • payroll records
  • employment records
  • verification of employment letters/affidavits


Documentation of prior training may consist of authentic copies of one or more of the following:

  • training records from prior employers
  • training records from academies
  • transcripts
  • curricula summaries
  • certificates of completion
  • verification of training /letters affidavits


Once the request is processed, if approved for the exemption from training, you should enroll in the appropriate pre-exam training at a Commission-certified training center in order to demonstrate proficiency in the high liability areas and then take and pass the state certification exam.

The Steps For an Out-of-State, Federal or Previously Sworn Florida Officer To Become Certified in Florida

  1. Contact a Criminal Justice Selection Center or criminal justice employing agency and complete their application process to determine eligibility to be exempt from completing a basic recruit training course.
  2. Once you are approved and receive your Equivalency of Training CJSTC Form 76 from the selection center or agency, contact a Commission-certified Criminal Justice Training Center to enroll in the training course to complete your demonstration of proficiency in the high-liability skills areas. The training center personnel will issue you a voucher to allow you to take the State Officer Certification Examination.
  3. Register to take the State Officer Certification Examination. The date you take the examination must be after the completion date of your training class. You may have up to 3 attempts to pass the examination provided all attempts are within the 1 year time limit. If you are unable to complete the requirements within the 1 year time limit, you may apply for an additional exemption from training, however, you may only have 3 attempts to successfully complete the examination regardless of how many exemptions from training you are granted. After 3 attempts, you would have to complete a full basic recruit training academy.
  4. Obtain employment in a sworn position with a criminal justice agency who will conduct your background investigation and complete the process for certification. Here is a link to the address list of all Florida criminal justice agencies. Contact the criminal justice agency of your choice for specific information concerning job vacancies.
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