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We are an equal opportunity employer 

Police Officer Qualifications

  • Must be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background check, with no conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Possess a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Be a minimum of nineteen (19) years of age.
  • Successfully complete a polygraph.
  • Successfully pass a drug screening test.
  • Successfully pass a psychological evaluation
  • Undergo a physical examination
  • Prefer candidates be Florida Certified (or Certifiable) in law enforcement. We will also accept applications from out of state Law Enforcement Officers and individuals who are currently enrolled in a certified police academy.
  • If applicant is a veteran of an armed service of the United States, must have a minimum of a general discharge.
  • Prefer minimum of an associate degree from an accredited college or 60 credit hours.

 Comparative Benefits

  • Salaries starting at $42,068
    • 2nd Year of Employment$47,958
    • 3rd Class Starting $53,848
    • 2nd Class Starting $59,738
    • 1st Class Starting - $65,628
    • Master Patrol Officer - $71,518
  • Police Officers who have at least three years of law enforcement experience will commence with a base pay of $47,958 and will receive a sign-on bonus of $2,500
  • Additional Incentive Pay for A.A. and B.S. Degrees
  • Night Shift Differential Pay, and Off-Duty Employment Opportunities
  • Paid Vacation, Holiday, Sick, and Compensatory Time
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance in addition to annual wellness exam at no additional cost
  • State of Florida Retirement System

 To apply, click here to submit a City of Venice Application for Employment

For assistance you may contact:
Human Resources 
Tel:  (941) 882-7371
Fax: (941) 483-5966

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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