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Law Enforcement Career Pool

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

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Job Title: Law Enforcement Career Pool
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 54568

Public Safety

Florida State University Police Department

For more information about the FSU Police Department, please visit our website at


The Law Enforcement Officer is responsible for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, misconduct, traffic and crowd control, criminal and traffic law enforcement, criminal and traffic accident investigation, community service and providing information regarding laws, University policy, and distribution of information to the community.

Patrols the FSU campus for the primary purposes of seeking out and apprehending violators of Florida statutes, identifying and reporting safety hazards and providing a visible presence throughout campus to deter crime.

Responds to burglar alarms, traffic accidents and other incidents that may be reported. Interacts with other law
enforcement agencies to assist and cooperate in their efforts and to secure their assistance with preventing and responding to situations on campus. Protects the safety of drivers, bikers and pedestrians through traffic control and direction in the event of collisions, construction work or other mitigating circumstances.

Provides non-emergency assistance to members of the University community, such as unlocking buildings and car doors as needed, helping with dormitory move-in and providing directions.

Acts as a first responder when necessary, providing CPR and first aid.

Supports the Investigations unit in the resolution of open investigations by securing crime scenes, assisting with evidence collection, taking witness statements and conducting interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects.

Writes and submits reports with all pertinent details related to cases of lost, stolen or damaged property, incidents in which harm has been threatened or inflected on any person, and other miscellaneous incidents on campus with a bearing on safety and security.

Provides security services for scheduled events occurring both indoors and outdoors on campus, in partnership with other law enforcement agencies and security officers. Prevents crime and apprehends those in violation of the law through scheduled crime suppression details, such as DUI checkpoints.

Supports the Communications unit by providing coverage and support in handling incoming calls during times of high demand or in the event of gaps in staffing.
Supports the Crime Prevention unit by participating in formal crime prevention programs, such as the Adopt-A-Cop program, the Greek Cops program, and Rape the Awareness and Defense program. Prevents crime through informal contact with students, faculty and staff to raise awareness of safety issues on campus and to encourage safe behavior and wise decision-making.

Other duties as determined by the needs of the Department and University.


High school diploma or equivalency.

  • Must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must meet the requirements of Section 943.13, Florida Statutes, and the ability to pass the state certification exam for Law Enforcement Officers within six months of being hired.
  • Ability to work in dangerous and stressful situations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to probe and obtain critical facts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to collect and evaluate data; to apply laws, rules, regulations, and policies to situations using appropriate judgment.
  • Ability to deal with individuals and critical situations in an effective manner; and to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to complete complex psycho motor skills necessary to drive a patrol vehicle; operate a bicycle; and use of standard lethal and non-lethal weapons as appropriate in the application of law enforcement duties.
  • A valid State of Florida or Georgia driver's license or the ability to obtain prior to hire.

This position requires completion of a supplemental employment questionnaire and a post-offer employment physical exam, drug screening, psychological evaluation, police background check, and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)/Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) fingerprinting.

Contact Info For questions, please contact Lieutenant Chasen Yarborough at

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

Learn more about our university and campuses.

Anticipated Salary Range

$45,000 - $48,000 commensurate with experience.

FSU Total Rewards

FSU offers a robust Total Rewards package. Visit our website to learn more about our Compensation, Benefits, Wellness, Recognition, and Employee Development programs.

Use our interactive tool to calculate Total Compensation options based on potential salary, benefits and retirement contributions, earned leave, and other employment-related perks.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Veterans' Preference

Certain servicemembers and veterans, and the spouses and family members of such servicemembers and veterans, receive preference and priority, and certain servicemembers may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements, in employment by the state and its political subdivisions and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled. Veterans' Preference applies to University Support Personnel System (USPS) positions only.

IMPORTANT: To claim Veterans' Preference, select “yes” to the question on the application questionnaire and upload a DD-214 (or equivalent), the Veterans' Preference Certification form, and other documentation if applicable with your online application before midnight of the position closing date.

Click the links for eligibility information and required documentation, or call FSU Human Resources at (850) 644-6034.


This is an USPS (University Support Personnel System) position.

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting.

Law enforcement officers assigned to the Patrol Division will work 12-hour shifts (6:30pm - 6:30am or 6:30am - 6:30pm), 80 hours bi-weekly. Additionally, the position may be required to assist during home football games, holidays, and during state, national or University emergencies. Special assignments as directed by law enforcement chain of command.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be accessed at:


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—home to the world's most powerful magnets.

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