Firefighters' Pension Board
09/19/2019 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
General Employees' Pension Board
09/19/2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Police Officers' Pension Board
09/19/2019 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Third Thursday Wine Walk
09/19/2019 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Charlotte High School Homecoming Parade
09/19/2019 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
National POW/MIA Recognition Day
- > If my serious health condition extends beyond the twelve weeks of protected leave that is guaranteed by the FMLA, but I have sick and/or vacation leave still available that will enable my being able to continue to draw a paycheck during my absence, will I get my old job back when I am able to return to work?
> If my serious health condition extends beyond the twelve weeks of protected leave that is guaranteed by the FMLA, but I have sick and/or vacation leave still available that will enable my being able to continue to draw a paycheck during my absence, will I get my old job back when I am able to return to work?
Salary and Benefits
- Starting salary of $43,287 plus an exceptional pension plan (see below);
- Eligibility for overtime pay (pensionable up to 300 hours per year);
- Eligibility for specialty team pay as assigned (pensionable);
- Eligibility for off-duty detail pay (pensionable);
- Eligibility for salary incentive pay for education and training (pensionable);
- Annual uniform cleaning and boot allowances (pensionable);
- Take-home vehicle program for all sworn personnel;
- Excellent health, dental, vision, and life insurance options;
- Paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, and shift differential;
- Deferred compensation plans available;
- Tuition reimbursement and educational scholarships available.
Pension Plan Details
- Normal retirement at 25 years of service and 55 years of age;
- Fully vested in 5 years;
- 3% multiplier for each year of service;
- Pre-tax employee contributions of 8%;
- Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP);
- Military and law enforcement buy-back program up to 5 years.
To be eligible for employment as a police officer with the Punta Gorda Police Department all applicants:
- Must be at least 21 years of age;
- Must be a citizen of the United States;
- Must possess a valid Florida driver's license prior to the date of hire (not date of testing);
- Must be of good moral character with no felony or arrests or misdemeanor arrests involving moral character, domestic violence, perjury, or false statements;
- Must be in good physical condition and able to perform the duties required by an officer;
- Must successfully complete the new hire testing process (see below).
All applicants must participate in the Punta Gorda Police Officer new hire testing process. The process consists of a written exam, a physical abilities test, and an oral board exam.
- Written Exam: A standardized written examination, which measures an applicant's basic reading, grammar, and math skills. Study guides are available to applicants upon request.
- Physical Abilities Test: A standardized obstacle course, which includes running, climbing, jumping, crawling, and flexibility.
- Oral Board Exam: Applicants answer standardized job related questions asked by a panel of officers. Exam are conducted individually and questions differ for applicants with prior law enforcement experience and applicants without experience.
- Medical Examination;
- Psychological Examination;
- Drug Screen;
- Polygraph or Voice Stress Analysis.
Out of State Applicants
If you are a police officer who is currently certified in another state's jurisdiction, a federal officer or a military police officer, you may be eligible to become certified as a Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida.
Certified Selection Centers will verify your basic recruit certification and training records (Law Enforcement Constitutional Law and Legal Issues, Report Writing, Interpersonal Skills, Firearms, Defensive Tactics, First Aid or Equivalent, Vehicle Operations, Law Enforcement Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Traffic Crash Investigations, Traffic Stops and Control), and employment-verification.
The Selection Center will review your training record and determine if you have met the requirement to be granted an EOT (equivalency of training, form CJSTC-76). This is a five-to-six-week process.
If you have met the requirements, you will need to enroll in an Equivalency of Training / Comparative Compliance academy that will train you in high-liability areas (firearms, first aid, emergency-vehicle operation, and defensive tactics).
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be given a certificate that will allow you to take the statewide Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be certifiable to become a Florida Law Enforcement Officer.
If you believe that you qualify for this training; you can initiate the process by clicking on the following link that will take you to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website for Selection Centers: Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
For more information on joining the PGPD family, please contact:
Lieutenant Dylan Renz
The City of Punta Gorda is a Drug Free
Workplace, Equal Opportunity, and
Veterans' Preference Employer.
All elements of the selection process shall be job related and the
criteria for selection of candidates is not based upon a candidate’s race,
color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and
pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information,
and is therefore determined to be non-discriminatory.