Palm Beach PD Job Overview:
Hiring Process And Salary Details

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Top 3 Important Things to Know About pursuing
a police career for the town of palm beach


Palm beach PD has a very competitive starting wage for new recruits. When looking at other nearby law enforcement agencies in the same region, PBPD isn't too far behind in pay.


Palm Beach Police Department offer really good benefits such as paid vacations, sick leave, retirement plan, dental, health insurance, career advancement opportunities and more.

poor Pension plan

The one downside about working for Palm Beach PD is the horrid pension plan. police officers are required to contribute, on average, 10% of their annual salary to their pension plans

WATCH: Pros and Cons Of Being A Police Officer

Basic Qualifications: Do you qualify?

Requirements To become a cop For The Town of palm beach

  • Must possess a High School Diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen by the time of application
  • Must be at least 19 years of age
  • Must have no felony convictions
  • Must have no convictions for offenses of domestic violence
  • Must not have a poor credit history where multiple accounts are in collections
  • Must be someone of good moral character & reputation
  • Must not have any discriminatory & offensive tattoos

Disqualification Factors to Consider

Likely Disqualifiers

The Selection Process

Online Application
Written Examination
Fitness Test
Swim Test

Background Investigation
Polygraph Examination
Psychological Examination
Physical Examination

Average Salary & Pay Scale

At least one year of experience

$ 1 *

Less than one year of experience

$ 1 *

salary chart

Police Officers
$53,843 - $94,273
$42,361 - $68,201
Code Enforcement Officers
$42,016 - $67,647
Parking Enforcement Officers
$32,795 - $52,801

Top 4 Most Expensive Neighborhoods
in the city of Palm Beach

  1. S Ocean Blvd / Regent Park
  2. Manana Ln / N Ocean Blvd
  3. Town Center
  4. S Ocean Blvd / Ocean Blvd

Race & Ethnic Diversity in Palm Beach

1 %
1 %
Black/African American
1 %
American Indian & Alaska Native
1 %
1 %
Other Race/Two or More Races
1 %
Hispanic or Latino

Crime Rate & Statistics

Top 4 Most Safest Neighborhoods in Palm Beach

  1. Manana Ln / N Ocean Blvd
  2. S Ocean Blvd / Ocean Blvd
  3. S Ocean Blvd / Regent Park
  4. Town Center


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Palm Beach Police Department Requirements

Recruitment is conducted on an as needed basis for all applicants who possess the minimum qualifications. Watch this space for further announcements. The Town of Palm Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Police Officers ($53,843 – $94,273)

Telecommunicators ($42,361 – $68,201)

Parking Enforcement Officers ($32,795 – $52,801)

Code Enforcement Officers ($42,016 – $67,647)

TO APPLY for recruitment, applicants MUST meet one of the following criteria:

  • Must possess an AA degree, AS degree, or at least 60 credits from a regionally accredited college/university. The degree must include basic general education course requirements. Prior experience as a Police Officer and/or a BA, BS degree or 120 college credit hours are preferred.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS as set forth by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission(CJSTC).

  • The applicant must be at least 19 years of age.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  • The Applicant must not have been convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement and who has not been released or discharged under any other than honorable conditions from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • The applicant must have his/her fingerprints on file with the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. (The Palm Beach Police Department will forward these prints to the agency.)
  • The applicant must have passed a medical examination by a licensed physician based on specifications established by the Town.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS for employment with the Town of Palm Beach:
The applicant must:

  • Not have been released or discharged under other than honorable conditions from any of the Armed Forces;
  • Have a positive work history free from frequent disciplinary actions, suspensions, terminations, and resignations;
  • Be free from felony convictions, misdemeanors pertaining to moral character, perjury, or false statement;
  • Must never have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
  • Have a good driving record to include no driver’s license suspensions for excessive points or failure to pay a traffic fine within the past five years.
  • Have refrained from EVER using hallucinogenic drugs, marijuana in the past two years, and all other illegal drug use in the past five years.
  • Have been a non-user of tobacco products for at least one year immediately preceding application.

PHYSIOLOGICAL PROFILE: Consists of a series of events to assess physical abilities. A further description is available from the Human Resources Department.

SWIMMING SKILLS TEST: A skills test examining basic water survival skills, conducted by Palm Beach Lifeguards.

ORAL REVIEW BOARD INTERVIEW: The interview provides evaluation of employment and educational history, ability to relate well to others, reasoning and problem solving skills in answering situational questions, and communication skills.

VOICE STRESS ANALYSIS: The voice stress analysis will be used to verify information obtained from both the application and the Oral Review Board Interview.

PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION: Candidates are evaluated on the psychological factors related to successful performance as a police officer.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: An investigation that includes a thorough examination of police records, driving records, credit records, military and employment histories, educational history; and inquiry of persons who know the applicant to evaluate whether the applicant respects the law and rights of others, are dependable and responsible, have demonstrated mature judgement in areas such as use of drugs and intoxicants, are honest and demonstrate integrity, and are a safe driver.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: A thorough medical examination given by the Town of Palm Beach Physician, including an EKG and drug screening.


1 to 4 years of employment – 176 hours
5 to 9 years of employment – 216 hours
10 to 14 years of employment – 232 hours
15 and more years – 256 hours


*Paid Health,Dental,and Major Medical Insurance
*Paid Life Insurance equal to annual salary
*Long term Disability Insurance
*Employee Assistance Program, Credit Union

TOWN RETIREMENT PROGRAM ………10 years of service at age 50 or 20 years of service at any age. Retirement multiplier is 3.25% of final average compensation for each year of service. (20 years of service results in a 65% pension, 25 years of service results in an 81.2% pension). The ICMA (international City Management Association) Retirement Corporation, Voluntary supplemental program.

LONGEVITY PAY ………….After 5 years of service, starting at 2.5 percent of employees annual salary, increasing 0.5 percent for every year of service, up to 10 percent.

OTHER BENEFITS INCLUDE ……Educational tuition reimbursement, Annual uniform maintenance allowance, Uniforms and equipment are provided upon employment.


Overtime: Substantial voluntary overtime available.

TO OBTAIN AN APPLICATION…..Call the Personnel Office at (561)838-5450 or come to the Human Resources at 360 S. County Rd. Palm Beach, Fl. 33480

THE TOWN OF PALM BEACH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER All applicants receive consideration without regard to race, age, ancestry, color, marital status, religion, national origin, medical condition or disability.