AGENCY COLLABORATION IN POLICE
OFFICER RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION
Agency Collaboration in Police Officer Recruitment and Selection
Current police candidates from Pinellas County were also interviewed. The following are summaries of
He is 34, almost 35. He joined the Army in 1991 and was honorably discharged in 1995.
After working for Xerox Corporation for a number of years, he decided that he wanted to pursue a career
in policing. He spent 3 years preparing: getting in shape physically and paying down a student loan. During
that 3-year period, he worked as a handyman from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a salary equal to what he was
earning at Xerox, and he worked out later in the afternoon. His wife works and he has taken out a $15,000
loan. Originally from Illinois, he has lived in Florida since he was 14. He knows the area and is interested
in remaining in the area. He wants to join the sheriff ’s office, which does not sponsor police candidates. He
was pleased with the PASS process and believes he was hirable by a police agency before committing to this
course of action, based on the screening process.
He is 24 and wants to join the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which
has its own police service. Originally from North Carolina, he planned to be a police officer since age 3. He
has lived on his own since age 19, loves Florida, and wants to remain in the state. As he was growing up, he
engaged in commercial fishing with his grandfather off the North Carolina coast. He observed that people
on the water do what they want and could not care less about the rules.
A single mother of a 12-year-old, she is 31. She is a nursing school graduate but was not
ready to be a nurse. Instead, she spent 5 years as an air conditioner technician. She also earned an associate’s
degree in crime scene technology. Her father is a former Marine and works in corrections in Massachusetts.
She likes the team aspect of policing. Before applying for a local police position, she secured a corrections
position in her father’s former place of employment, but her son did not want to move to Massachusetts.
She has lived in Pinellas County since she was very young and is interesting in staying in the county. The St.
Petersburg Police Department asked her on the first day of academy if she were interested in joining that
department. To attend the academy, she and her son moved back in with her parents.
Brevard County’s Police Testing Center
The Brevard County
Police Testing Center is modeled after Pinellas County’s Police Applicant Screening
Service. The Brevard testing center started in 1987 with a staff of two. As is the case with PASS, the