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Law Enforcement Helicopter Pilot

Leon County Sheriff's Office Aviation Section
3274 Capital Circle SW
Tallahassee, FL 32310
United States

Minimum Certification Required
Commercial Pilot With Instrument
Minimum Flight Hours Required
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Job Start Date
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Yes Law enforcement
From $43,228 To $77,500
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

2825 Municipal Way
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Applications may be submitted electronically at  http://www.leoncountyso.com/
Law Enforcement Helicopter pilot

$20.78 - $37.26 Hourly
$1,662.62 - $2,980.77 Biweekly
$43,228.00 - $77,500.00 Annually
This is a mid level position that involves complex technical expertise operating
helicopters in support of the Sheriff's Office activities. This position performs general
law enforcement work with the responsibility of preservation and protection of life and
property, the prevention and investigation of crime, the maintenance of good public
order, the enforcement of civil and criminal law and other related duties as directed or
assigned. The position exercises judgment and individual initiative in the performance
of routine duties and in emergency situations, often without immediate supervision. The
position adheres to the agency core values of honesty and integrity, accountability,
teamwork, trust and respect and commitment to excellence and acts in accordance with
the Canon of Law Enforcement Ethics. To be successful in this position, the employee
must demonstrate competency in local, state and federal statutes and ordinances,
officer safety, firearms proficiency, knowledge of geographical jurisdiction, defensive
and control tactics, conflict resolution, general communication skills (both written and
oral), inter-personal skills, problem solving, driving, team building skills and interviewing
skills. Additionally, the employee would need to maintain current pilot licensing and
qualifications in accordance with FAA Part 91 and LCSO standards. Candidates
selected for the position must be tobacco free as defined by the agency effective with
their date of hire.
1. Conduct routine air patrol.
2. Pursue fleeing suspects.
3. Develop tactical strategies.
4. Coordinate daily maintenance and aviation activities.
5. Inspect and verify crew member/aircraft records.
6. Provide support during natural disaster and conduct environmental surveys.
7. Transport the agency's personnel and other government officials
8. Ability to control aircraft and fly within the prescribed flight envelop at all times.
9. Ability to effectively use all avionics equipment in order to safely complete air
10. Knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, rules and regulations and the
application of such to the performance of the job.
11. Knowledge of the geography of the County, its unincorporated areas and the
general roadway system of the County.
12. Knowledge of first aid practices and the ability to render physical assistance to
13. Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
14. Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
15. Ability to cope with stressful situations and perform calmly under stressful
16. Testify at trials, hearings, grand juries and/or depositions truthfully, accurately and
17. Ability to work closely with others as a team.
18. Ability to prepare and present clear, accurate, concise and objective written and
oral reports.
19. Ability to enforce the law with firmness, tact and impartiality and to deal
courteously with the public.
20. Ability to maintain a level of physical conditioning to be able to physically subdue,
restrain, and apprehend law violators.
21. Ability to meet requirements of periodic in-service training in all high liability areas
as well as all requirements to maintain the position's certification.
22. Ability to adhere to the standards and principles of the agency's core
values, abide by the Canon of Law Enforcement Ethics and professionally
represent the agency.
23. Possess investigative skills and apply the skills in real time situations including but
not limited to evidence collection, interviews with witnesses or suspects, linking of
key facts in a case, authoring a legally supported probable cause and laying the
groundwork for a solvable case.
24. Skill in calmly and systematically eliciting critical information from individuals
whom may be injured and/or highly emotional.
25. Skill in firearms to be able to operate authorized firearms designated by the
agency from a standing, crouch, kneeling, airborne, or prone position with the
dominant hand with accuracy.
26. Skill in the operation of motor vehicles in a safe and efficient manner in a law
enforcement environment. Essentials for this requirement shall include, but not be
limited to: ability to sit in a standard car seat, ability to use right foot for operation
of gas pedal, ability to use right foot for operation of brake pedal, ability to use
gearshift, ability to obtain and maintain a valid Florida driver's license (minimum
Class E), ability to properly identify colors utilized in descriptions.
27. Ability to report to work timely, consistently and as scheduled.
28. Ability to report to work in times of an emergency disaster as declared by local,
state or federal officials or agencies.
29. Ability to work rotating 8-12 hour shifts involving day-time and night-time hours as
well as weekends.
30. Ability to perform all functions of the job classification without posing a direct
threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the work place.
Job Requirements

• In compliance with 943.13 F.S., the position requires the employee to be at least
19 years of age, be a citizen of the United States, be of good moral character,
must have completed a basic training program for Law Enforcement approved by
the CJSTC and pass the Florida certification examination; preferred, (or) be a
certified law enforcement officer in another state and capable of being certified in
Florida within one (1) year.
• Must reside in Leon County and satisfy all disqualification factors outlined in the
application for employment.
• Possess a valid Florida driver's license with a good driving history required;
• Possess a valid FAA commercial pilot's certificate with helicopter and helicopter
instrument ratings or ATP helicopter license required;
• Possess and maintain a FAA Class 2 medical certificate required;
• Possess 200 hours helicopter flight time required;
The position requires one of the following in addition to certification and agency
requirements above:
• Associate's Degree or equivalent (satisfaction of all AA/AS courses required); OR
• High School Diploma/GED and 4 years experience as a certified law enforcement
officer from an accredited law enforcement agency, or correctional officer with the
Leon County Detention Facility; OR
• Educational substitution - 4 years active duty military or 6 years reserve
duty military may substitute for an AA/AS degree; honorable discharge from
military service is required to be eligible. Qualifications must be met in their
entirety and cannot be combined.
Preference will be given to candidates with:
• 1,000 hours helicopter pilot in command.
• NVG experience.
• Possession of helicopter Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.
• Commercial or ATP airplane ratings.
• Experience in a Bell 206B, L, or OH-58, or 505 models aircraft.
• Experience operating as a pilot and/or Tactical Flight Officer in airborne law
enforcement operations
• Must be able to lift, push, carry or pull a minimum of 50 pounds independently.
• Position requires frequent work outdoors, during high and low temperatures and
inclement weather or disasters.
• Position has an increased risk of occupational exposure to hazardous and
infectious materials.
• Must be able to wear required uniform and equipment including a safety belt
weighing 10 or more pounds.