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Application Process

Applicants are required to apply online on the City of Ocala website. First, create a profile and sign up for E-Notify. If you do not find the position you are seeking listed, check back often as available opportunities can change daily.

You will receive notifications throughout the hiring process, to include:

  • when your application is received
  • when your name appears on the list of eligible candidates
  • when updates are made to your status

When applying for a sworn position with the Ocala Police Department you will be expected to complete:

  1. Written Exam
  2. Oral Board Interview
  3. Polygraph
  4. Background Investigation 
  5. Psychological Evaluation
  6. Interview with the Deputy Chief and Chief of Police
  7. City of Ocala Physical

During the first year of employment, Police Officers can expect:

  • Orientation
  • 16 Weeks of Field Training
  • 12 Month Probationary Period

Benefits & Opportunities

Benefits Include:

  • Paid Time Off
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Medical, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Deferred Retirement Option Plan (D.R.O.P.)
  • 25-Year Pension Plan
  • Take Home Car Program
  • All Equipment Supplied by Department
  • Uniforms and Dry Cleaning Allowance
  • 12 Hour Shifts/ 15 Days Off Per Month
  • Paid Special Detail Opportunities Weekly
  • Professional Development Bonus
  • Equipped with Latest Technology

Opportunities for Advanced and Specialized Assignments:

  • Motorcycle Unit
  • K-9 Unit
  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • School Resource Officer
  • DUI Unit
  • Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team
  • Field Training Officer (Higher Rate of Pay)

The City of Ocala is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

The Ocala Police Department looks for career minded, ethically sound and professionally motivated people to join the ranks of our department. If you think you have what it takes, please apply when the opening/opportunity presents itself by clicking on the above link.


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