ABOVE: Mount Dora Police Headquarters (photo credit: Mount Dora Buzz)
What lagged behind for years has now jumped ahead. Mount Dora Police Department (MDPD), which previously had one of the lowest compensation ranges for its officers, has now moved slightly ahead of other Lake County cities.
Now, with the unanimous approval of Mount Dora City Council members last month, the first year earning potential for an officer ranges from $45,054 to $66,205 depending on experience. Officers can opt to increase their compensation by adding special work details during any of the city’s 38 events and joining specialized units which pushes the range up to $58,054 to $92,213 annually, commensurate with an officer’s experience.
The goal is for the community-oriented police department, which serves approximately 14,000 residents in the quaint Central Florida town, to successfully recruit and retain the best law enforcement officers available. The department is currently budgeted for 46 positions and presently has eight openings.
The fully functioning department’s specialized units include K-9, drug investigations, community relations, SWAT, school resource officer, traffic unit, traffic homicide investigations, field training officer and honor guard, among others. “Mount Dora Police Department is currently looking for experienced law enforcement officers who believe in the community policing philosophy,” said Assistant Mount Dora Police Chief Michael Fewless. “Our relationship with the community is extremely important to us and we always try to serve it in a professional manner.” Law enforcement officers interested in the opportunities available at Mount Dora Police Department should contact Captain Coy Hunter at email@example.com
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