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Tampa Police Officer Bonus Referral Program

Tampa Police Officer
Bonus Referral Program

Tampa Police Department values you as an employee and recognizes that you know that friends make the best co-workers. That’s why we’re launching our new Employee Referral Program that features exciting bonuses!

Guidelines

We will recognize your contributions to Tampa Police Department’s recruitment efforts by providing an incentive that encourages you to refer your friends and colleagues who you feel fit with Tampa Police Department’s core values.

 Program Overview

  • Applies only to applicants for sworn law enforcement positions or public safety telecommunicators positions.
  • Positions must be posted on our website at the time of the candidate’s application. https://www.tampa.gov/police/join-officer.
  • Eligible current City of Tampa employees must be named as the referral “source” by the candidate being referred on their Tampa Police Department job application for employment.
  • An on-line referral form must be completed by the referring team member within 30 days following submission of the application for employment (failure to do so may nullify eligibility for the incentive payment).
  • The on-line referral form will entitle the referring team member to receive a referral incentive if the candidate receives a job offer within six months or until the expiration of the referral program, whichever is shorter.
  • New hires must meet ALL minimum requirements, as stated, within the job description.

Current Employee Program Eligibility

  • Full-time and part-time current employees employed by the City of Tampa are eligible to receive a referral bonus for each applicant that meets the employment requirements of this policy.
  • The referring employee must be employed at the time of incentive payout(s), and becomes eligible for a referral incentive when the candidate they referred is hired. The hiring must occur within one year of the referral.  

Program Ineligibility

People who are ineligible for the incentive referral program rewards include:

  • Human Resources Representatives
  • Tampa Police Department Hiring Managers involved in the hiring process of police officers and telecommunicators. 
  • Team members who represent Tampa Police Dept at a recruitment event.
  • Team members who participate in the interview/selection process.

Employee Referral Bonus

  • A referral bonus of $1000 will be paid to the referring full-time or part-time employee.
  • A $500 referral bonus will be paid after the new employee completes 30 days of employment. 
  • An additional $500 referral bonus will be paid after the new employee completes 1 year of employment.
  • The newly hired team member must successfully complete 30 days of employment for a bonus paid to the referring team member.
  • All bonus payments are taxable income per IRS guidelines.
  • Referring team member must be active employee at the time of referral and be employed at the time of incentive payout(s).
  • Incentive payment processing begins after the candidate has completed 30 days of employment. The bonus will be sent to the referring employee by a check from Revenue and Finance.
  • The additional referral bonus will be processed after the new employee completes 1 year of employment.  
  • There is no limit to the number of referrals an employee may submit.
  • There is no provision to split a referral bonus. The bonus will be paid to the employee whose name is listed on the candidate’s application for the position into which they were hired.

Program Restrictions

  • Certain exclusions and limitations will apply.
  • Referrals made prior to March 1, 2024, do not qualify for a referral bonus payout under this program.
  • Referrals for current City of Tampa employees for internal transfer and/or promotion are not included in this program. Only the referral of external candidates for hire into a position qualify for a referral program payout.
  • Tampa Police Department reserves the right to amend or cancel this program without notice.

Further Information

If you need further information, please contact Sgt. Sarah Michelson at sarah.michelson@tampagov.net.

FAQ

  • A referral bonus of $500 up to $1000 will be paid to the referring full-time or part-time employee.
  • The $500 referral bonus will be paid after the new employee completes 30 days of employment. 
  • An additional $500 referral bonus will be paid after the new employee completes 1 year of employment.

  • Full-time and part-time current employees employed by the Tampa Police Department are eligible to receive a referral bonus for each successful candidate who is hired and meets the full and 30-day criteria of the program.
  • The referring team member must be employed at the time of incentive payout(s).

People who are ineligible for the incentive referral program rewards include:

  • Human Resources Representatives
  • Tampa Police Department Hiring Managers · Team members who represent the Tampa Police Department at a recruitment event.
  • Team members who participate in the interview/selection process

The processing for an incentive payment begins after the candidate has completed 30 days of employment. The additional referral bonus will be processed after the new employee completes 1 year of employment.  The bonuses will be sent to the referring employee by a check from Revenue and Finance.