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Employment Opportunities


Florida State University Police Department is an equal opportunity employer. Familiarize yourself with the university, the police department, and some of FSUPD’s programs by looking at our safety guide.

Florida State University is situated on almost 450 acres in Tallahassee, Florida’s capitol city. With a total enrollment of almost 38,000 students, almost 79% of which are classified as undergraduates, the university community offers a unique opportunity for educational interaction in a diverse setting. Florida State University was originally established as a seminary in 1851, and was later known as the Florida State College for Women, before arriving at its coeducational status in 1947. Florida State University is an accredited public coeducational university, known for research and its many degree programs, including the college of law, college of engineering, college of medicine, visual and performing arts. FSU is home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the nationally renowned Florida State Seminole athletic teams.
The Florida State University Police Department is dedicated to supporting the educational mission of the Florida State University by striving to create and maintain the safest possible environment for its students, staff, and visitors. This includes a proactive approach to law enforcement, and aggressive problem-solving techniques for identified crime trends. The Florida State University Police Department received accreditation in 2002 from the Commission on Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. The Florida State University Police Department employs sixty sworn law enforcement officers for the main and Panama City campuses. Florida State University Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.
The role of a law enforcement officer in today’s society is vital, and is no less so in the microcosm of our college campus. Different challenges and opportunities await the officers who work here, as well as more typical law enforcement activity. Nowhere more than Florida State University Police Department, the experience is what you make of it. We are looking for a special breed of person, who is willing to provide commitment to our mission, integrity, and who can interact on many levels with our community. If you feel you can meet the challenges of university policing, please contact us to find out more about joining our organization.



  • Must be a citizen of the United States. 
  • Must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Must have high school diploma or equivalency certificate. 
  • Must have a valid Florida Driver’s License. 
  • Must have obtained Law Enforcement Standards Certificate. 
  • Must meet other requirements of Chapter 943, Florida State Statutes.



  • Applicants must thoroughly and truthfully complete the Florida State University Employment Application and the Personal History Questionnaire, with all necessary documentation. (See below for details on how to apply.)
  • Applicants must undergo a physical assessment exercise and writing exercise.
  • Applicants will undergo two separate interviews.
  • Post-offer applicants must successfully complete a drug screen, physical examination, FBI/FDLE fingerprint check, background investigation, and psychological evaluation.



New officers are assigned to the Patrol Division. Officers in training receive 15 weeks of in-house orientation and field training. Officers are instructed, evaluated, and observed on a daily basis. FSU Law Enforcement Officers have the opportunity to serve a unique community, where the responsibility to protect life and property is of foremost importance. FSU Police Officers apprehend criminals, prevent criminal activities through proactive patrol techniques, and enforce federal, state, and local laws. Additionally, University police officers assist other agencies when necessary and work closely with University officials to enforce University rules and regulations




  • Starting Salary: $37,916.59
  • Salary incentive program: A maximum of $130.00 per month upon successful completion of advanced education and approved police training programs.
  • Overtime hours are paid at the rate of time and a half.



  • Annual Leave- Full-time USPS employees will earn annual leave based on continuous and creditable service. For the first five years, employees earn four hours every two weeks, or 104 hours per year.
  • Sick Leave- 104 working hours per year.
  • Employee tuition scholarship- USPS employees may take up to 6 credit hours of college courses, tuition-free, with the approval of the Florida State University Police Chief.
  • Holidays- The Florida State University observes the following holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King’s birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following Thanksgiving, Christmas Day. Permanent career service employees are eligible for one personal holiday (8 hours) per fiscal year.
  • Uniforms- Duty uniforms, service weapon and duty belt are furnished by the department. Each uniformed officer receives $350.00 annually for uniform maintenance, and $150.00 shoe allowance. Each plainclothes officer receives $400.00 annually for clothing maintenance.



Complete the online FSU Employment application and submit your application to the Law Enforcement Officer position posted on the Human Resources web page. You will have an option to attach a resume with this application. Once you have submitted your application and applied to the position, you will be in a pool of applicants that we will draw from when an LEO position is vacated.  

For More Information Contact:

FSUPD Recruiting Coordinator

LT. Hank Jacob

(850) 644-2391