UPDATE: As of 5/20/2020,
we are officially
accepting applications for
CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS ONLY!
STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION RELATED TO OTHER FLPD EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES.
Here at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department we don’t ask...
“Do you have what it takes?”
...instead we make the declaration that
“We have what you’re looking for!”
With over 30 Specialty Units, we definitely have whatever it is that YOU are looking for in a Law Enforcement career.
Are you tired of Google-searching "South Florida police departments hiring" or "police jobs in Florida"? Well, we have some good news: the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department, South Florida's Premier Law Enforcement Agency is always looking for qualified people to work with.
If you are out of state, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information on the process.
You might be asking yourself what is the difference between a Certified and
Non-Certified Police Officer?
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 (can be from another state besides Florida) 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 (FDLE). – Must provide copy of certification.
A Non-Certified Applicant has yet to meet any of these requirements and still has to attend a Law Enforcement Academy.
The Good News: The Fort Lauderdale Police Department will sponsor Non-Certified Candidates through the Police Academy. Not only will you be sponsored, we will pay for the academy and you will also receive your full starting salary while attending the Police Academy.
Have you served in the United States armed forces? We value prior military service and offer Military Preference
Modified/Lateral Police Academy
Requirements: The City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department welcomes State of Florida certified officers and Out-of-state certified officers who have one year of full-time, independent work experience in patrol (excluding any academy training hours) in order to be considered for the 92-hour Equivalency of Training Exam Qualification.
If you were an Officer in the state in which you finished the Police Academy for at least one full year, you may qualify to complete an Equivalency Of Training (EOT) course in Florida. Visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website for information on the Equivalency of Training process. MORE GOOD NEWS: If you are certified in another state and we hire you, we will pay for your EOT class and you will begin earning your full starting salary while attending.
Academy and Field Training
All Non-Certified Police Officer applicants must attend and graduate from the Broward College Institute of Public Safety Law Enforcement Academy. Recruits are required to perform classroom academics, physical training and skills proficiency while attending the police academy. The Law Enforcement Academy, Basic Recruit Training program is a 22-week (770 hours) program that provides training to prepare a student for the physical and mental demands of a career as a Florida police officer. Training and classes take place Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Graduates will be placed into a 16-week Field Training Program before being assigned to patrol.
Certified Police Applicants qualify for an abbreviated Field Training Program depending on their progress in the program, which can be as short as eight weeks.
Prospective applicants who are not ready to apply at this time are encouraged to fill out a Job Interest Card with the City of Fort Lauderdale Human Resources by clicking the link below. Ensure that you check the "Law Enforcement" box in the "Select Category" section of the card.
Pay and Benefits
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department offers one of the highest starting salaries in Florida ($61,734.40- $95,305.60) and a great retirement structure, great health benefits and a slew of other incentives such as paid time off and department-issued uniforms and equipment.
After graduating the police academy, you will have numerous opportunities for career advancement. We offer assignments in a number of specialized units as well as opportunities to promote up the chain of command.
For additional information please contact FLPD Recruiters, Detective Eric Perez, or Detective Benard Beck-O'Steen at (954) 828-FLPD (3573), or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparing for the Academy
You can download the Broward College Law Enforcement and Corrections Academy Physical Fitness Preparation Guide, located here: Physical Fitness Preparation Guide
Please take some time to review the following videos to understand the physical requirements while attending the Academy.
The City of Fort Lauderdale is an equal opportunity employer.