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Employment Opportunities
If you are considering a career within the Police Department of the City of Hallandale Beach  this section will provide you with the necessary information to start your career.

If you need to contact us we are available on the Contact Us page.


Police Officer
Overview
The Hallandale Beach Police Department is a professional, pro-active, community-oriented policing agency. We utilize the best equipment and latest technology. Our patrol cars are equipped with laptop computers for paperless reporting and immediate access to state and local records. Our Officers are well trained and are recognized as such by the Broward County State Attorney’s Office and surrounding agencies.

Department Staff
Our Agency employs 105 full-time sworn Officers, 10 part-time Officers and a civilian Staff of 39. Officers are from very diverse backgrounds reflecting the population of our community.

Office of the Chief
The Office of the Chief has direct supervision of all divisions and also commands Special Operations, Professional Services and Training.

Administrative Services Division
The Administrative Services Division is responsible for providing support services to the Police Department including budget preparation, records, communication, property/evidence, building maintenance, Court Liaison, and Alarms.

Uniformed Patrol Division
The Uniformed Patrol Division provides response for all calls for service and is made up of a number of units: Bicycle Patrol, Marine Patrol, Traffic, K-9 Unit, School Resource Officers, Community Police Officers, Parks Police and Community Service Aides. The Police Explorers and Police Athletic League of Hallandale Beach, Inc. are also included in this division.

Investigative Services Division
The Investigative Services Division handles all criminal investigations for the city. Detectives are assigned to general crimes, crimes against persons, crimes against property, juvenile crimes, Criminalistics, and crime analysis. The VIN Unit in this division handles investigations for vice, intelligence and narcotics as well as gambling and street crimes.

Professional Standards
Internal Affairs
Internal Affairs (IA) is responsible for investigating complaints and allegations of improper activities and criminal wrongdoing involving employees. Complaints that can be resolved by an Employee’s immediate Supervisor are reported to IA for analysis and record keeping.

IA also monitors the Personnel Early Warning System and performs background checks and polygraphs of all new employees.

All complaints against Employees are documented by IA and are reported to the Chief of Police. You can read more about complaints by going to Citizens' Complaints explaining how to file a complaint and download the form to use to do so.

You can reach Internal Affairs at (954) 457-1416.

Training
The Training Coordinator organizes and schedules in-house training classes, retains all police personnel training and certification records and schedules all outside training classes.

The Training Coordinator has implemented a network calendar posting police training schedules to make it available to all police personnel. He has scheduled some in-house training classes, making available some free registrations for our own officers.

The Training Coordinator also recruits new employees and oversees the New Police Officer Mentor Program.

Police Officer Salary & Benefits
Overview
Our officers are eligible for promotion to Sergeant after 3 years of service. Below is a list of the salary and benefits offered:

· $51,272 to $72,176 (10/13)
· Top pay in only 8 years
· Cost of living increases annually

List of Benefits
Paid medical/dental benefits with dependents 30% of cost & Health Savings Account
Life Insurance
Deferred Compensation 457 Plan Available
Deferred Compensation 401 (a) Plan, (the city matches up to 3% of officers salary)
Retirement/Pension is 75% after 25 years
Pre-pay 5 years & retire after 20 years
192 hours of Vacation Time with increases for years of service (up to 256 hours)
96 hours of Sick Time annually
Clothing Allowance
Tuition Reimbursement
In-house Physical Fitness Facility
Credit Union Available
Equal Opportunity Employer


Qualifications for Police Officer
Minimum Requirements
* Minimum age 19
* United States Citizen
* No felony convictions
* No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury or false statement
* No dishonorable military discharge
* Valid Driver’s License (Must have valid FL D/L prior to employment)
* Pass the BCC/CJI physical agility test within six months prior to application
* Pass the BCC/CJI swim test (results valid for life)
* Pass the LE CJBAT test with an 80 or above (results valid for 4 yrs)
* No use of tobacco products for 1 year prior to application
* High School Diploma or GED, plus 60 college credits*

(*College credit requirement is waived for applicants with qualifying military service or law enforcement experience. These applicants must obtain 60 college credits within 4 years of employment.)

Driving History
Any of the following occurrences within the four years immediately preceding application will be considered a disqualification:
- 9 points or 3 moving violations within any 12-month period
- 12 points or 4 moving violations within any 24-month period
- A suspension or revocation resulting from any moving violation
- A conviction for driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence, reckless driving, or fleeing and eluding.

* The above represents the Department’s minimum standards. Non-moving violations and driving history beyond four years prior to application will also be reviewed as part of the overall background investigation process.

* A determination of “adjudication withheld” is considered a conviction. Only those infractions/offenses resulting in a complete dismissal or a “nolle prosse” determination will be excluded.

Drug Use
Past experimentation with illegal drugs is not an automatic disqualifier to employment with the Police Department (subject to limitations on the type of drug(s) used, number of times used, and when the last use occurred). A thorough personal history questionnaire and polygraph examination will address this issue with each applicant.

Criminal Activity
Applicants who meet the minimum standards of no felony convictions and no convictions for misdemeanors involving perjury or false statement will undergo a thorough background check. All arrests, detentions or negative law enforcement contacts (whether resulting in court prosecution or not) will be thoroughly reviewed. Additionally, the polygraph examination will address undetected crimes.

Employment
An Applicant's employment history, including any terminations or leaving an Employer in lieu of termination, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

Financial
An Applicant's credit history, including excessive credit card debt or unresolved accounts in collection will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification. Particular attention will also be paid to bankruptcies and delinquencies in child support and income tax issues.

Hiring Process
Upon submission of a complete application, qualified Applicants will undergo the following screening: Pre-screen Interview, Polygraph Examination, and Chief's Interview. Applicants selected to continue in the hiring process after the Chief's Interview will be given a conditional offer of employment and scheduled for psychological, medical, and drug screening. The background investigation is ongoing throughout the hiring process. Employment is contingent on the final outcome of the pre-employment background investigation.

Application
If you would like to find out what is available contact the Personnel Department. If you want to fill out an application click on: Police Officer Application.

Community Service Aide
Salary & Benefits
$35,547 to $46,675 (03/11)
Top pay in 9 years
Uniforms provided
Paid life insurance
Paid personal health insurance
Deferred 457 ICMA available
Pension program available
DROP plan after 20 years
208 hours vacation with increases for years of service up to 264 hours
Paid sick leave
Tuition reimbursement
In-house fitness facility
Credit union services available

Qualifications
No felony convictions
No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury or false statement
No dishonorable military discharge
Valid Driver’s License (Must have valid FL D/L prior to employment)
Pass the Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) with a score of 80 or above (results valid for 4 years) and T.A.B.E. with a score of 10.0
No use of tobacco products for 1 year prior to application
High School Diploma or GED

Driving History
Any of the following occurrences within the four years immediately preceding application will be considered a disqualification:
9 points or 3 moving violations within any 12 month period
12 points or 4 moving violations within any 24 month period
A suspension or revocation resulting from any moving violation
A conviction for driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence, reckless driving, or fleeing and eluding.
The above represents the Department’s minimum standards. Non-moving violations and driving history beyond four years prior to application will also be reviewed as part of the overall background investigation process.
A determination of “adjudication withheld” is considered a conviction. Only those infractions/offenses resulting in a complete dismissal or a “nolle prosse” determination will be excluded.

Drug Use
Past experimentation with illegal drugs is not an automatic disqualifier to employment with the Department (subject to limitations on the type of drug(s) used, number of times used, and when the last use occurred). A thorough personal history questionnaire and polygraph examination will address this issue with each applicant.

Criminal Activity
Applicants who meet the minimum standards of no felony convictions and no convictions for misdemeanors involving perjury or false statement will undergo a thorough background check. All arrests, detentions or negative law enforcement contacts (whether resulting in court prosecution or not) will be thoroughly reviewed. Additionally, the polygraph examination will address undetected crimes.

Employment
An applicant’s employment history, including any terminations or leaving an employer in lieu of termination, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

Financial
An applicant’s credit history, including excessive credit card debt or unresolved accounts in collection will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification. Particular attention will also be paid to bankruptcies and delinquencies in income tax and child support issues.

Hiring Process
Upon submission of a complete application, qualified applicants will undergo the following screening:

Pre-screen Interview
Polygraph Examination
Chief’s Interview

Applicants selected to continue in the hiring process after the Chief’s Interview will be given a conditional offer of employment and scheduled for:
Psychological
Medical and Drug Screening

The background investigation is ongoing throughout the hiring process and employment is contingent on the final outcome of the pre-employment background investigation. To receive more information call 954-457-3008.

If you want to view job openings and/or obtain an application, please contact the Personnel Department.


10 Ways to be an Outstanding Candidate
10. LISTEN CAREFULLY: be an active listener, especially during the interview process. Listen carefully to the questions asked and think before you respond. Take a few seconds to formulate a thoughtful, concise answer. Active listening is a valuable skill in these jobs.

9. KNOW YOURSELF: know why you want to work in the profession, and how your background, skills and aptitude indicate success in performing specific duties. Agencies want to know your capability and potential to address the various issues and challenges faced in public safety today.

8. CANDOR & SINCERITY: demonstrate sincerity, candor, integrity and conviction. If you are not yourself, it will show! Avoid canned responses, they want to see who you are, how you think and what you value.

7. TRUTHFULNESS: in all phases of the hiring process, be completely truthful and omit nothing asked of you. Everything you say or write in the entire process will be cross-compared. Untruthfulness in any form results in immediate disqualification—and is the #1 reason candidates are eliminated from the hiring process! Integrity, honesty and trustworthiness are the bedrock requirements of public safety professions. No agency will equivocate with a shortcoming in this area.

6. PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE: dress and groom professionally and conservatively during any interview, preferably a conservative business suit. Failure to do so needlessly stacks the deck against you right away. Agency representatives are conservative, and expect professional, conservative dress and grooming. If you are unsure what constitutes conservative attire and grooming, ask someone who knows.

5. PUNCTUALITY: arrive at ALL appointments at least 15 minutes early. Develop a habit of being early. No reasons will be accepted for a late arrival. Anticipate any possible cause for a delay. Accommodating a late arrival adversely affects the entire testing schedule and portends poor time management skills on the part of the candidate.

4. KNOWLEDGE OF OCCUPATION & DEPARTMENT: applicants must have a solid knowledge of the specific duties and demands of the profession, as well as knowledge of the agency and the jurisdiction served. Good sources are the agency and city website, the agency’s annual report, talking to agency employees, friends in the profession, and ride-a-longs. This knowledge will be tested in virtually every interview. Failure to possess it indicates a candidate who is not serious and passionate about the profession or the agency.

3. FOLLOW APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: you must read and follow meticulously all instructions. Application and background forms must contain all required information. Failure to follow written or verbal instructions reflects poorly on the candidate, and in some cases may result in disqualification. Public safety positions demand rigorous attention to detail and thoroughness. Sloppy, incomplete and error-filled paperwork indicate the candidate lacks a professional attitude.

2. COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS: oral and written communications skills are critical in public safety occupations, and are emphasized in the testing process. Practice through mock oral boards and video/audio taping of yourself. Make eye contact with all panel members and practice concise, confident answers. Eliminate distracting verbal and physical mannerisms. Oral communications skills and the ability to establish rapport with an interview panel can be developed through practice and honest feedback from others.

1. PREPARATION: you must prepare for EVERY stage of the hiring process. This includes the initial testing process, interviews, background investigation, etc. The prepared are noticed and so are the unprepared. Be noticed for the right reasons! Prepare for commonly asked oral board questions (and the written exam) through various resources and talking with others now working in the field. Maintain physical fitness and practice wellness. Very narrow point margins typically separate candidates, and diligent preparation often makes the difference between successful and unsuccessful candidates. You may not necessarily be the BEST candidate, but you certainly can be the BEST PREPARED candidate! Good luck to you as you pursue a career in public safety!