The Village of Pinecrest is accepting applications for the position of police officer. At the present time, the Village is seeking Florida Certified applicants only.
Applications shall be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE PINECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Police Officer position for the Pinecrest Police Department involves performing traditional and non-traditional law enforcement functions in a community involved and problem solving policing environment. The Village of Pinecrest is located in Southeast Florida in Miami-Dade County; it is about 8.1 square miles in size with a population of approximately 19,000 residents. It is a relatively affluent community with highly sought after and relatively expensive housing. There is a commercial district along US 1 between Southwest 88th Street and Southwest 136th Street with most of the remaining area being residential.
The Police Department commenced patrol operations on July 1, 1997. The authorized staffing for the department is currently fifty one sworn officers, nine Dispatchers, two Records Clerks, one Management Information Specialist, four School Crossing Guards, and five Community Service Aides. Officers carry a departmentally issued Glock 23, .40 caliber semi-automatic weapon. The issued chemical weapon is Freeze plus, a combination pepper/CS spray. Officers also carry ASP batons and Tazers. All officers are provided with bullet resistant vests, which must be worn. Employer provided uniforms are standard midnight blue and the wearing of issued shorts is permissible. The department is currently working a normal 8-hour, 5-day schedule with an additional overlap shift working between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All shifts are currently rotated on a four-month basis. The Detective Bureau consists of two detectives and a Detective Sergeant; Bike Patrols and School Resource Officers are current active programs.
The department hires its own dispatchers and provides full E-911 dispatching services. Individually issued radios are currently hand-held Motorola HT 1000 portables operating on the 450 MHZ, UHF Band. All patrol cars are equipped with laptop computers, automatic vehicle locator (AVL) capability as well as video cameras and integrated radar units. There are currently three School Resource Officers assigned to the local schools, which are very highly academically rated. Community Service Aides are used to investigate accidents, relieve crossing guards and dispatchers, perform administrative duties, write field reports, and handle other non-essential calls for service.
In July 2004 the department was awarded the distinction of national and international accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and in October 2004 was awarded accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). In 2007 the department achieved re-accreditation status from both programs and in 2010 the department was once again re-accredited by CALEA and designated as a Flagship Agency. Accreditation exists for two primary reasons: to develop a compilation of law enforcement standards applicable to well organized and run agencies; and to establish and administer an accreditation assessment process through which agencies can demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery. The Department is proud of these two distinctions and will continue its commitment to excellence in management and service delivery.
The department uses community oriented police concepts in accomplishing its goals and wishes to recruit only those candidates who are people and community oriented individuals. Potential applicants should have a basic understanding of community oriented and problem solving policing concepts and principles, as they will be expected to explain and apply those principles in the selection process. While there are many definitions of Community Oriented Policing, one basic concept is that the community decides the priorities of the police department and officers are expected to respond by concentrating their activities, in conjunction with other resources in the community, on reaching these community determined goals.
As an example, one of the priorities the Village of Pinecrest community has identified is reducing the amount of speeding within the residential areas. As such, officers must be willing to engage in actions that will reduce this problem including disseminating information on the problem to the public and media, setting up our visible radar trailers, issuing warning citations and giving traffic citations to persistent or flagrant violators. The department also tries to involve the line-level employees as much as possible in determining solutions to these and other identified problems. Pre-delinquency programs such as D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. are also priorities.
In summary, candidates who want to make a difference and are willing to use their intelligence and abilities in problem solving situations will find employment with the Pinecrest Police Department attractive and rewarding. Conversely, candidates who are only looking for a routine job in law enforcement or who do not feel that traffic enforcement is important and want to be exclusively involved in traditional police work, such as responding to calls for service and the apprehension of criminal suspects, will not be satisfied working for the Pinecrest Police Department. The success of one’s career with the Village of Pinecrest will be largely based upon the successful performance of community policing and personal commitment to serve and protect our residents and visitors.
BENEFITS: A comprehensive benefits package includes a choice of healthcare and dental plans, life insurance at twice the annual salary, and short term and long term disability insurance coverage. Retirement benefits are provided through the Florida Retirement System (FRS). A 457 Deferred Compensation Plan is also available in addition to a Flexible Spending Plan (FSA). Leave benefits include two weeks vacation, 12 sick days and 2 personal days in addition to 11 paid holidays.
Applicants must complete all requirements established by the Village of Pinecrest for employment as a Police Officer. This includes but is not limited to, a written examination, an oral board, a psychological evaluation, a polygraph examination, a physical agility test, a background investigation and a job-related medical examination including a drug screening test. The Village does not employ individuals who now smoke or have used tobacco products within the last twelve months. To receive consideration a fully completed Village of Pinecrest employment application is required. Resumes in lieu of a fully completed employment application will not receive consideration. Please review the “Application Process” on the Village’s web site. To view the job description and the application process, and obtain the employment application, please visit www.pinecrest-fl.gov/jobs .
Village of Pinecrest Pinecrest
Human Resources Office
12645 Pinecrest Parkway
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D and Drug/Smoke Free Workplace
Village of Pinecrest, FL - 18 months ago