Florida Certified Deputy Sheriff Helicopter Pilot
- Minimum Requirements
- Note: Starting pay does not reflect available incentives (additional 5% first responder pay, additional $225 bi-weekly, and a take home unmarked unit).
All required certifications, test results, and other documents must be submitted with your online application.
1. Candidates must possess valid Law Enforcement certification issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
2. Must successfully pass the Swimming and Basic Motor Skills tests prior to submitting an application. To view additional information on the required Swimming and Basic Motor Skills tests, please visit the Broward College Institute of Public Safety Testing Center website: Testing Center
3. FAA Rotorcraft-Helicopter Commercial with an Instrument Rated license.
4. Minimum of 500 total flight hours in helicopters required, of which 100 flight hours in a turbine helicopter.
5. Minimum of 50 hours of night PIC in helicopters is required.
6. First or Second Class Medical Certificate.
7. Submit copy of logbook endorsements / certificates verifying submitted experience.
8. Submit FAA violations/actions/accidents. All incidents will be reviewed
- CFI and CFII Rotorcraft-Helicopter rated
- AS 350 qualified
- NVG certified
- Minimum 100hrs night PIC
- Prior investigative experience
9. 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).
10. 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.
11. Must possess and maintain throughout employment, a valid Florida driver license without any restrictions affecting job performance. Driver license must show current address. All candidates must submit with the application, a Certified Department of Motor Vehicles “entire” driving history.
- Florida driving histories can be obtained at any courthouse in Broward 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.
12. If claiming Veteran’s Preference, candidates must provide a DD214 Member 4 form at time of application.
*Out of state applicants may submit FDLE Equivalency of Training and Swimming and Basic Motor Skills test results at a later date provided remaining qualifications are met.
Equipment: Airbus H125 / AS 350B3e
Staff: 7 full-time Deputy Sheriff/Pilots, 1 Sergeant/Pilot, 3 mechanics
- Nature of Work
- 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 Florida 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. Performs related work as directed.
- Essential Functions/Physical Requirements
- The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
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 may involve standing, sitting or walking for long periods of time. Some tasks are performed with potential for intermittent exposure to disagreeable elements including, but not limited to, heat, humidity, inclement weather, loud noise, toxic/chemical agents, electrical currents, pathogens, violent behavior, weapons, explosives, animals. Tasks include working around moving parts, vehicles, equipment, carts, and materials handling, where extremely heightened awareness to surroundings and environment is essential in the preservation of life and property. Tasks may include regular exposure to traffic conditions, where heightened awareness to surroundings and observance of established safety precautions is essential in avoidance of injury or accidents. Standard body gear and equipment applies in the preservation of life and property, as does special equipment based on assignment including, but not limited to, various types of body armor and safety gear.
Broward Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Broward Sheriff’s Office will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
- Recruitment 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.
- Broward County Sheriff’s Office
- 2601 West Broward Blvd.Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 33312
- (954) 321-4400