Jacksonville Police (JSO) Job Overview:

Learn Pay Scale & Starting Salary for JSO Cops, Job Openings, Requirements, Disqualification Factors, Hiring Process

3 Mistakes Police Job Applicants Make
When Applying to Become a Cop


Never, ever lie on your police job application. Recruiters will fact-check your application during the background process and if you're found to be dishonest, you will be removed from the selection process, and the chance of ever getting hired for that agency is slim.

Not Disclosing Arrest

If you got arrested, and later got the arrest expunged from your criminal record, you should make it a point of emphasis to tell your recruiter about it. even if all charges were dropped, and a lawyer told you it won't show up on your record always make it known to the recruiter.

Poor Grammar

When filling out your work history and background information, make sure you don't use sloppy grammar or abbreviated words like you would do when texting a friend. Have a trusted friend (or, hey, your mom) read over your app to make sure you catch every itty-bitty mistake or misspellings.

The Reasons Why They Joined JSO

JSO Police Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications

Note: JSO will require that you pass a comprehensive background check before becoming a police officer for their agency (no exceptions).

  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be at least 21 yrs old at the time of hire
  • Must have a valid FL Driver's License
  • Must Have high school diploma or GED
  • Must Be free from convictions of disqualifying offenses
  • Must Successfully pass the background check
  • Must pass all stages of the hiring process
  • Must be able to run a mile in under 12 minutes
  • History of excessive Drug Usage
  • Being dishonest during the background check
  • dishonorable discharge from the military
  • Having Tattoos above the collarbone
  • Domestic Violence Convictions
  • Failure to pass the drug screen
  • Not Giving Complete, Accurate & Honest information
  • Any Felony Convictions

Join Specialized Units at JSO

  • Mounted Patrol
  • Motorcycle Patrol
  • Bomb Squad
  • SWAT Team
  • Aviation Unit
  • Accident Investigation
  • Drug/Narcotic Unit
  • Marine Unit
  • Detectives
  • Canine/K9 Unit
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Patrol Unit
  • Dive Team
  • Hostage Negotiators
  • Gang Intervention
  • Warehouse and Forfeiture Unit
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Homicide, Internet, Burglary Unit
  • *salary does not reflect overtime, career promotion, longevity, shift premium, education or other incentives, overtime,  etc.

At Academy

$ 1 *

*The starting base salary for Police Officer entering the academy. 

Police Officer

$ 1 *

*Upon completion of the academy. This will be your first year salary.

Police Officer

$ 1 *
Salary after 17 yrs

*This is your salary after 17 years of service

1 %
Sergeant pay

*Sergeants make 17.5% above an officers pay about $$71,579+ per year

1 %
lieutenant pay

*Lieutenants make 17.5% above a Sergeant’s pay around $91,633+ per year

Rank Structure & Career Promotion Chart

Police Officer/Deputy
Senior Officer
Master Officer
senior sergeant
master sergeant
Assistant Chief

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Become a Police Officer for Jacksonville Sheriff Office

If you are interested in becoming a police officer in Florida for the Jacksonville Sheriff Office you must understand that the application process will take some time. In fact, it may take up to a year before you are hired. The recruiting process to become a police officer is a long one, but it’s like that everywhere so don’t get discouraged.

Because of the ever rising civil liability claims against PD’s nationwide,  no wonder why law enforcement agencies are so meticulous when hiring a potential recruit. The last thing a city/county want to do is hire a police officer who is mentally unstable. That’s just a lawsuit waiting to happen down the road.


  • Must possess a High School diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university OR Possess an accredited Associate’s Degree or equivalent (60 semester/90 quarter hours) with four (4) years prior active military or law enforcement experience OR Possess 90 semester/135 quarter hours with two (2) years prior active military or law enforcement experience.
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Be of good moral character
  • NOT HAVE received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces
  • NOT HAVE been convicted of any felony
  • NOT HAVE been convicted of a misdemeanor involving false statement, perjury or domestic violence
  • Must pass Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) for Law Enforcement. Contact the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) at (904)633-8388 or click here for Assessment and Certification testing information.


  • Must have a Training Certification issued by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. A copy of state exam test score must be submitted at time of application. Out of state certified applicants contact Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) at 1-850-410-8600 to obtain certification transfer information. The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office sponsors PAID Non Certified Police Recruit training classes at FSCJ (North Campus). The salary and tuition will be paid to candidates selected for the class.

Prior to being selected for employment, all applicants must successfully complete the following:


  • Physical Ability Test
  • Writing Skills Test
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Background Investigation
  • Credit History Check
  • Driving History
  • Criminal History
  • 10 Year Employment and Residential Check
  • Oral Board Interview
  • Medical/Stress Test/Drug Screen
  • Psychological Examination

Applications must be typewritten or submitted on line. Applications along with required documents will be
accepted at the Criminal Justice Training Center, 4715 Capper Road, Building P, Monday through Friday
between the hours of 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Local residents are encouraged to hand deliver their application during normal business hours.


A Police Officer’s base salary is determined by a seventeen year career path (SEE ABOVE CHART)

These base salaries typically increase every year in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements. In addition, those in the Police ranks may be eligible to receive education incentives. Other Pay premium include shift differential, working out-of-classification, state career incentives for advanced training, etc. If becoming a member of the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office appeals to you, we urge you to apply today.


Members may retire with a minimum of 20 years of service and collect sixty percent (60%) or a maximum of 30
years and collect eighty percent (80%) of their average base pay for the last two (2) years. Members are
eligible to vested rights after five years of service at two and one-half percent (2 1/2 %) per year of service .
Officers are eligible to enroll in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) after twenty years and retire
with a substantially enhanced pension upon reaching twenty-five years service. There is no age requirement.


Annual leave may be accrued up to 600 hours at the end of each fiscal year. Officers are compensated for all
hours in excess of 600.

HOLIDAY: Twelve paid holidays per year


  • Tuition reimbursement, at Florida State College Jacksonville/University of North Florida rates.
  • State education salary incentives of $30 monthly, for obtaining an Associate’s degree and $80 monthly, for obtaining a Bachelors/Master’s degree. State incentives are applicable after obtaining FloridaDepartment of Law Enforcement (FDLE) certification and are non-cumulative.
  • City education incentive of $200 monthly for obtaining a Master’s degree, with 18 semester hours of police sciences. City education incentive is applicable after completing probation.


  • Medical Coverage
  • Dental Plan


May be granted up to 5 days off without loss of pay.


May be granted up to 17 working days each calendar year for reserve training in the National Guard or Armed
Forces Reserve.


Services raises are based on $25 per month for each 5 years of service. All other raises are bargained for by
the Fraternal Order of Police.
Closing Date – Continuous Recruitment

Units Inside Jacksonville Sheriff Department

  • Detective Division
  • Organized Crime
  • Motorcycle
  • K-9
  • Mounted Unit
  • Marine Unit
  • Aviation Unit
  • Bicycle Unit
  • Community Affairs Division
  • Hostage Negotiator
  • Field Training
  • Intelligence Section
  • SWAT
  • Dive Unit
  • Crime Scene Evidence Technicians
  • Reserves

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