The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is currently accepting applications for Certified and Non-Certified Police Officers.

You might be asking yourself what is the difference between Certified and Non-Certified?
A Certified Applicant is a person who meets one of the requirements below:
• Possess a valid Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Police Officer Certification. – Must provide a copy of certification.
• Possess a certification from another Federal or State Law Enforcement Agency and worked as a full-time Police Officer for at least one (1) year (excluding police academy training hours.) – Must provide State certification and academy training curriculum.
• Completed an Equivalency of Academy Training program approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. – Must provide copy of certification.

A Non-Certified Applicant has yet to meet these requirements.
POLICE OFFICER (CERTIFIED)
SALARY: Experienced Police Officers will be paid as follows (note that the minimum salary for certified officers possessing < 1 year of service is $58,344 annually),
1 – 2.9 years of service $60,756.80 annually
3 – 4.9 years of service $63,169.60 annually
5 – 6.9 years of service $65,686.40 annually
7 – 8.9 years of service $68,078.40 annually
9 or more years of service $ 70,512.00 annually

POLICE OFFICER (NON-CERTIFIED)
Starting salary is $55,536.00 annually

Minimum Requirements
To apply for employment as either a Certified or Non-Certified Police Officer, you must:
1. Watch the “Police Officer Applicant” video that previews the position of a Fort Lauderdale Police Officer. This video provides important information concerning the job’s requirements and other information about the hiring process. After watching the video you must meet the following minimum qualifications at the time of application. Click here to view the video: (Video) or view by going to YouTube and copying and pasting this link: https://youtu.be/MHST6gOAQYM
2. Be a United States citizen (U.S. born or naturalized).
3. Have a U.S. high school education, General Education Development (GED) or equivalent, which includes United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) tests. Equivalence of Non-U.S. education must be approved by the State of Florida’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (If a degree was acquired in a country other than the United States, evidence of equivalence from a recognized agency must be provided.)
4. Be at least 21 years of age.
5. Must have completed at least sixty (60) semester credit hours toward an advanced degree (2-year degree or higher) from an accredited private or public institution that is accepted by the city, with a minimum G.P.A. of at least a 2.0. (Copy of transcript must be provided.)
NOTE: The college semester credit hour requirement may be waived for U.S. Military personnel who have at least two (2) years of active duty service and an honorable discharge. This requirement may also be waived for certified police officers with two (2) years of police service.
6. Possess a valid Florida driver’s license within 30 days of appointment.
7. Must meet one of the requirements below (Certified applicants only):
• Possess a valid Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Police Officer Certification. – Must provide a copy of certification.
• Possess a certification from another Federal or State Law Enforcement Agency and worked as a full-time Police Officer for at least one (1) year (excluding police academy training hours.) – Must provide State certification and academy training curriculum.
• Completed an Equivalency of Academy Training program approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. – Must provide copy of certification.
8. Must be able to successfully meet a minimum reading ability level and pass all City of Fort Lauderdale required pre-employment examination requirements.
9. Shall be non-user of tobacco products which include, but may not be limited to cigarettes, e-cigarettes or vapor cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco of any kind at all times (whether on or off duty).

Once you have submitted your on-line application and the required supplemental documents, the testing and hiring process can move as swiftly as 6 weeks but may take up to 6 months. How well an applicant performs during each phase of the process will determine how quickly he or she will progress.

THE EXAMINATION PROCESS
The City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department is one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country, and as such employs only those persons who are ultimately the best qualified. Much emphasis is placed upon a candidate’s CHARACTER during the examination process. Indications of your honesty and integrity begin with the submission of your application. All information provided on your application, and all other forms submitted for processing, must be true, accurate, and without omission, as well as in all other stages of the testing process. This is a critical component of the process in determining if the “Moral Character” of a candidate is appropriate for employment as a Police Officer. Verification will be conducted through various sources, including an intensive background investigation and a comprehensive polygraph examination. If you desire to become a City of Fort Lauderdale Police Officer, your character MUST be beyond reproach!

TEST, ORDER OF TESTING, AND WEIGHT IN FINAL REGISTER SCORE
1. Basic Motor Skills Test (BMST) – Pass
2. Swim Test – Pass
3. CJBAT (Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test) *Only required for Non-Certified Applicants.
THE ABOVE TESTS MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION (IF YOU ARE AN OUT OF AREA CANDIDATE, THESE TESTS MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE ORAL INTERVIEW PHASE)
4. Oral Interview – passing score of 70% (weighted at 100%)
5. Preliminary Background Investigation – Qualifying
6. Conditional Job Offer
7. Polygraph Examination – Qualifying
8. Psychological Examination – Qualifying
9. Comprehensive Background Investigation – Qualifying
10. Medical Examination (including drug screen) – Pass

Applicants must attain a minimum overall score of 70 in order to qualify and be placed on an eligibility list. Processing of applicants will be conducted in accordance with eligibility list requirements as mandated through civil service rules. To see more information pertaining to our testing process, visit www.FLPDJobs.com.

For additional information please contact FLPD Recruiters, Detective Eric Perez, or Detective Benard Beck-O’Steen at (954) 828-FLPD (3573), or via email: recruiter@fortlauderdale.gov.

The City Of Fort Lauderdale Is An Equal Opportunity Employer