. Gulfport Police Department
Gulfport Police Department
Celebrating 100 Years of Service
A Full- Service, Accredited Law Enforcement Agency
Pinellas County, Florida
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The City of Gulfport Police Department is a full service law 
enforcement agency dedicated to providing quality service through 
a community oriented policing philosophy.
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The selection of competent personnel for Police Officer positions is 
essential to provide that service and the protection to which the public is 
entitled. The City of Gulfport and the Police Department have established 
eligibility and applicant standards and processes to ensure individuals of the
highest caliber are selected to serve the public as Gulfport Police Officers.
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Salary and Benefits

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 Equipment

Patrol officers are issued the following equipment:

Patrol vehicles are equipped with the following equipment:

Requirements

The City of Gulfport welcomes applicants interested in a challenging and rewarding career in the delivery of police services to the community. If you are interested in problem solving and can meet all of the following criteria, we are interested in you.


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Applicant Screening Process



About the Agency   
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Gulfport covers approximately 2.5 square miles located along the shores of Boca Ciega Bay. The city of St. Petersburg borders Gulfport to the north and east, and South Pasadena is our neighbor to the west.  The 2000 population was listed as 12,527 persons representing 6246 households. The city government and the community routinely interact with, and are supportive of the police department.   The result is a community oriented policing philosophy that provides service to the community in a manner not possible in larger agencies.  

The Gulfport Police Department consists of 31 full-time sworn officers, and most of them are assigned to the Patrol Division.  Although we are smaller than some of our neighboring agencies, that doesn't mean we are slow.  In 2013, our officers handled 25,881 calls for service, or about 1,294 per patrol officer.  This per-officer rate is among the highest in the region, yet many of those calls were initiated by the officers. 

Officers and detectives of the Gulfport Police Department have the opportunities to participate in nearly every aspect of law enforcement operations.  In addition to (or as a part of) their normal duties, our officers and detectives also perform special operations, such as decoys or stings, biycle and marine patrol, and tactical operations.  They also conduct extensive investigation of serious offenses such as homicides, sexual batteries and robberies.  Please don't be discouraged by our lack of specialty units; we do all the things that larger agencies do.  The only difference is that here, those jobs belong to all of our patrol officers and detectives.
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Accreditation

Chief Vincent has noted "An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. Schools, universities, and hospitals are some of the most well-known organizations that maintain accreditation. Law enforcement agencies in Florida can attain accredited status through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation".

The Gulfport Police Department achieved its initial accreditation on February 9, 2000. The commission requires a thorough assessment every three years, and Gulfport was reaccredited in 2003, 2006, 2009, and again in 2012. In 2015, we will be a candidate for the Excelsior award, which is reserved for agencies who achieve five consecutive reaccreditations without conditions.

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A ride-along program is available for interested applicants who complete the necessary paperwork. Rides-along are scheduled at the discretion of the patrol commander, consistent with patrol resources and normal operations.

The city is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or other non-merit factors.
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For further Information:

Ofc Robert McLaughlin, Recruiter--(727) 893-1123 -  rmclaughlin@mygulfport.us or  
Mercedes Perez, Human Resources--(727) 893-1021 - mperez@mygulfport.us

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Municipal Complex - Police Department
2401 53rd Street South
Gulfport, Florida 33707
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[*1] A waiver may be made for an exceptional candidate who has completed a full military enlistment or can bring significant law enforcement or related knowledge, skills and abilities to the agency.  Such a waiver must be specifically requested in writing and must include supporting documentation.

[*2] Providing funding is available, the department may sponsor a candidate through the local academy; however, employment is contingent upon successful completion of the academy, completion of the state certification examination, and other criteria including a four-year employment contract.  Applicants who are interested in this option should meet or exceed the criteria in footnote #1, above.

[*3] A waiver of the PASS process may also be requested for those reasons cited in footnote 1.

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