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Deputy Sheriff/Helicopter Pilot – Florida

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
United States
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel


Position is not a civilian position.  Employees in this position are Certified Law Enforcement Officers.

Under administrative direction, the purpose of this position is to perform flight operations within the Aviation Division of the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Employees in this classification are certified law enforcement officers.  Position commands and operates single engine helicopters during specialized and selective law enforcement activities. Work involves an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision, utilizing initiative, and discretion in response to emergency circumstances.
Performs related Deputy Sheriff duties:
This is law enforcement and public safety work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Employees in this classification perform work in varied law enforcement assignments, including but not necessarily limited to, motorized patrol, traffic control and enforcement, preliminary and follow-up investigation at crime scenes, courthouse and port security, vessel patrol, scuba diving, K-9 handling, serving writs, other court process actions, and assistance in public safety education and community service programs. Work involves an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise independent discretion in addressing emergency situations. Work assignments and instructions are received from an administrative superior who reviews work methods and results through observation, reports and conferences. Incumbents perform essential class functions as outlined herein according to functional area of assignment.
Essential Functions:
  • Operates rotor aircraft in support of criminal searches and apprehensions, search and rescues, surveillance, aerial photography, emergency medical transports, and daily agency operations.
  • Assists other law enforcement personnel in specialized and selective law enforcement operations, and maintain confidentiality concerning all police and agency related matters.
  • Complies with Federal Aviation Regulations and Air Traffic Control procedures.
  • Ensures proper fueling and operations readiness of aircraft at all times.
  • Performs routine cleaning and maintenance on aircraft and rotor blades.
  • Maintains all pre-flight and post flight data, i.e., operations logs, aircraft logs, and weather briefings.
  • Transports victims, patients, equipment, and medical personnel.
  • Performs flight instructor training and safety duties.
  • Maintains current knowledge of local geography and roadway networks.
  • Assists paramedics in basic life support first aid emergencies.
  • Performs related duties as directed.

Tasks involve the intermittent performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, or crouching, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds). May require occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of heavier objects. Most tasks are performed in flight where proper provisions are in place in terms of employee security and protection. Due to the nature of aerial operations, tasks include potential for intermittent exposure to disagreeable elements consistent with inclement weather, high wind speeds, and equipment stress. Some tasks include working around moving parts, light to moderate weight motor equipment, and materials handling where physical risks are predictable and/or controllable by observance of standard safety precautions.

  1. Candidates must possess valid Law Enforcement certification issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at the time of application.*Out of state applicants may submit FDLE Equivalency of Training and test results at a later date provided remaining qualifications are met.
  2. Must successfully pass the Swimming and Basic Motor Skills tests prior to submitting an application.
  3. Must possess Rotorcraft-Helicopter Commercial & Instrument Rated license. Accidents and incidents will be reviewed.
  4. CFI and CFII Rotorcraft-Helicopter rated preferred.
  5. 500 flight hours in helicopters; 100 flight hours in turbine helicopter preferred.
  6. Must possess a Second or First Class Medical Certificate.
  7. Prior investigative experience and Medevac helicopter experience preferred.
  8. Candidates must not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement as an adult. All other arrests and convictions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. All candidates must have good moral character as determined by a background investigation (F.S.S. 943.13).If ever arrested, candidates must submit an official court disposition with the application. Official court dispositions can be obtained from the Clerk of the Court in the county in which the incident occurred.
  9. Applicant must possess and maintain throughout employment, a valid Florida driver's license without any restrictions affecting job performance. Driver's license must show current address. All candidates must submit with the application:
    -   Certified Department of Motor Vehicles "entire" Florida driving history. Florida driving histories can be obtained at any courthouse in Broward County or your local county. Three year, 7 year, and online Florida driving history records will not be accepted.
    -    If you have possessed a driver's license in any other state in the past 10 years you will need to submit an "entire" driving history from that state.  For non-Florida driving histories, please contact that state's division of motor vehicles.
    -    The search date for all driving histories must be within one month of the date the application for employment is received by the Bureau of Human Resources.If claiming Veteran's Preference, candidates must provide a DD214 Member 4 form at time of application.

*Out of state candidates: If selected FDLE does not determine if you are eligible for an exemption from training. By law, selection centers are responsible for reviewing out-of-state or federal officer's employment and training to initially determine eligibility for exemption. You would need to contact one of these entities to apply for an exemption from training:  Equivalency of Training Information 

(Out-of-state applicants may submit test results at a later date.)
  • Swimming and Basic Motor Skills tests results
  • If ever arrested, submit official court disposition, police report, and written statement for review
  • FDLE Certification documentation
  • Certified "entire" driving history
  • DD214 Member 4 form (if claiming Veterans' Preference)

To view additional information on the required Swimming and Basic Motor Skills tests, please click here: College Testing Information

Applicants who qualify will be subject to an extensive selection process and screening program, which may include, but not be limited to evaluation of training and experience; written test; computer based test; interview; polygraph examination; psychological evaluation; employment record, fingerprint and background check; medical examination; and drug screen. The expected duration of the selection process varies by position and could last 10 to 12 weeks. Reapplication will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

BSO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Veterans’ preference per Florida law.

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