Law Enforcement Academy Sponsorship


The Law Enforcement Deputy will be responsible for a wide variety of duties including but not limited to: 

  • Administer the laws of Sarasota County, the State of Florida and of the United States in a fair, impartial and professional manner.
  • Patrolling areas.
  • Conducting traffic stops.
  • Arresting suspects and informing them of their rights.
  • Mediating domestic disputes.
  • Pursuing vehicles.
  • Preparing reports and affidavits. 


  • Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen. If naturalized, citizenship papers are required.
  • Candidate must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and have a valid birth certificate.
  • Candidate must possess a valid High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Candidate must possess a valid Driver License.
  • Candidate must have an associate’s degree or equivalent amount of college credits from an accredited institution.
  • Have prior active duty military service with military contract completed and Honorable Discharge received (Form DD214 member 4 required), or three (3) years active military reserve service. For purposes of meeting the eligibility requirement, applicants who have prior military service with an honorable discharge; however, did not complete their military contract shall be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Candidates with prior military service but do not possess an associate’s degree or equivalent amount of credits, must successfully complete the Test of Adult Basic Education (T.A.B.E.) written test with a minimum score of twelve (12) on each of the three (3) subjects.
  • Candidate must meet the minimum standards of the agency approved Physical Abilities Test (P.A.T.).
  • Candidate must never have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  • Candidate must successfully complete an oral review board.
  • Candidate must submit to a psychological screening exam with satisfactory results. Exam shall be administered by a licensed professional provided by the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Candidate must submit to a complete physical examination meeting FDLE requirements, to include but not limited to: drug screening, hearing and vision screening, and EKG testing.
  • Oath of Office: Upon appointment, after state certification is acquired, and before being assigned to any duties in the Sheriff’s Office, all deputies shall take and subscribe to an oath of office to enforce the laws and uphold both the Florida State and U.S. Constitutions. Civilian employees shall take and subscribe to an oath of loyalty. Deputies shall also abide by the “Law Enforcement Code of Ethics,” which is adopted by this agency. All oaths and the code of ethics are located in General Order 1.1 [CFA 13.01]