Current Openings

The Key West Police Department is an equal opportunity employer

The Key West Police Department is a full time Law Enforcement agency serving over 30,000 residents' daily, offering careers in Law Enforcement and Civilian Support Positions

The Key West Police Department is currently accepting applications for Certified* or immediately Certifiable* individuals in the state of Florida.

What does Certified* or immediately Certifiable* Mean?

A certified applicant is an individual who has completed a course of study approved by the "Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Division of Criminal Justice Standards and Training" in Law Enforcement and has successfully completed the state exam.

What If I Am A Certified Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Or Correctional Officer In Another State?

To find out what is necessary to meet Florida Certification Requirements, contact "Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Division of Criminal Justice Standards and Training" P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32301, or you may call (850) 410-8638.

What If My Career In The Military Was In Corrections Or Law Enforcement?

In many cases you may be eligible to take a two-week compliance course, which will allow you to take the Florida State Exam. You may call the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Division of Criminal Justice Standards and Training (850) 410-8638 to determine if you meet the requirements.

What Are The Minimum Qualifications?
  • Graduation from a standard high school, vocational school or acceptable GED equivalency;
  • 19 years of age or older
  • A United States Citizen.
  • Must possess a valid Drivers License at the time of application and a valid Florida Drivers License at time of employment.
  • Must possess a certified copy of a Birth Certificate.
  • Must possess a Social Security card.
  • Must provide a copy of all documented name changes.
  • Must provide a copy of all Florida State Exam Scores.
  • Copy of military discharge, DD214 (if applicable).
  • Must pass physical and psychological examination.
  • Must be of good moral character.
  • Undergo criminal records check, which includes fingerprints.
  • Successfully pass a background investigation.

EMPLOYMENT SCREENING PROCESS Overview of the employment screening process for police and civilian applicants.
  1. Application received (with required documents including TABE scores)
  2. Initial background inquiries made
  3. Physical Abilities Test* (see below)
  4. Background Investigation
  5. Computer Voice Stress Analysis Test*
  6. Oral Interview*
  7. Conditional Offer of Employment Extended*
  8. Psychological Testing (written-interview)*
  9. Physical Exam*
  10. Final Approval by Chief of Police
  11. Final Approval by City Manager

The above process is subject to change without notice and the order in which each step is listed above may not be the actual order of process completion.

The PAT consists of two 220 yard runs, dragging a 150 pound dummy 100 feet, jumping over obstacles (12-24 inches high), climbing over a wall (40 inches high), two 50 foot-sprints and movement around a series of pylons. It must be completed in 6 minutes and 4 seconds.

For out of state candidates, the steps indicated by (*) can normally be scheduled and completed in one week's time.


What are the Benefits?
  • Certified Law Enforcement Officer - Starting Salary Range from $37,378 up to $42,446 (with experience)
  • City Paid Insurance Plan from Employee - Additional Contribution for Family and Dependants
  • Educational Incentive Pay to a Maximum of $130 per Month
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Deferred Compensation Program
  • Sick and Vacation Leave (After One Year Probation Period)
  • Paid Military Leave
  • Fourteen Paid Holidays for Year
  • Worker's Compensation Insurance
  • All Uniform's Supplied
  • Overtime and Court time Compensation
  • Excellent Promotional Opportunities
  • Take Home Car Program (After Completing FTO Program)
  • City Paid Retirement Plan (Employee contributes 7% - City contributes 13%)
How Do I Find Out About Civilian Support Positions?

The Key West Police Department offers a wide variety of career opportunities with civilian support positions. Please check back on our website for current civilian job openings.

To obtain information on current openings, please contact the Recruiter at (305) 809-1087. You may also stop by our main building at 1604 N. Roosevelt Blvd.