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Become a Member

Are you interested in a rewarding career with great benefits? Join the PCSO green team! We are always seeking to hire qualified applicants. Please check out our job requirements below. Positions are filled periodically, but others become available due to promotions and transfers.

We are currently offering sponsorships to the law enforcement-only, detention-only, or dual-enrollment academy (which offers both the law enforcement and detention certification) for qualified applicants - we cover the tuition and pay a monthly stipend (approximately 8 months) and hire you upon completion of the academy.

Applicants for law enforcement and detention positions who are already Florida-certified are eligible for reimbursement of their academy tuition if we are the first law enforcement employer. Reserve Deputy Sheriff positions are on a voluntary basis.

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We are currently offering sign-on bonuses for all newly hired sworn (law enforcement) or certified (detention) deputies. We ALSO pay a $1,000 moving allowance for those who move to Polk. We have an education incentive program as well: if you already have a college degree you'll be paid a college incentive bonus every year - and if you don't have one yet, we'll pay for that too with college reimbursement pay. 

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We are a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week operations, so some positions may require that you work rotating shifts. Clerical and data entry positions will require that you successfully pass a keyboarding test. Typing speed will vary on the position's requirements.

Prior to hiring, the following requirements must be successfully met:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older (18 for Civilian Positions) 
  • Obtain passing score on all sections of the Test of Adult Basic Education Test may be waived for current Florida certified applicants and those with a four-year college degree, and civilians with at least 60 college credit hours
  • Have a good police record
  • Possess a valid Florida Driver's License and have an acceptable driving record
  • Be a United States Citizen. (detention deputy and deputy sheriff applicants)
  • Not have tried, used or experimented with any type of illegal drugs within the past 2 years (24 months), nor any hard drugs within the past 5 years (60 months). 
  • Oral Interview 
  • Polygraph examination 
  • Urinalysis examination 
  • Background Investigation and reference checks 
  • Physical examination and EKG for designated positions 
  • Physical agility test (detention deputy and deputy sheriff applicants) 
  • Psychological test (for appropriate positions) 
  • Acceptable credit history 
  • If a Veteran, possess an Honorable discharge or uncharacterized
  • Successfully pass a keyboarding test, if typing or data entry work is required for the position for which you are applying
  • Be able to perform the essential functions of the position for which you are applying
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With your completed application you will need to submit the following:

  1. Social Security Card 
  2. Birth Certificate 
  3. High School Diploma, GED, or College Transcripts
  4. If a Veteran, copy of Form DD-214 stating "Honorable" Discharge (member 4 copy) or Uncharacterized 
  5. Proof of registration as required by Military Service Act (males aged 18-26) 
  6. Copy of Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Certificate and proof of passing State Certification Test (deputy sheriff applicants and detention deputy applicants) 
  7. Name change documents (marriage, adoption, etc.) 
  8. Any other applicable diplomas and/or certificates may be included
  9. Three (3) completed personal references 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is an equal opportunity provider and employer M/F/D/V

We value our military veterans and their family members who have given so much to our country, and we support the hiring of our returning service members, and military spouses.

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Now that you've read all about our requirements and benefits, if you feel you're qualified and want to get started with the application process, click on the "Apply Now" button, select a job, complete the application and submit it.


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is an equal opportunity provider and employer M/F/D/V