GENERAL INFORMATION FOR POLICE OFFICER APPLICANTS
The City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department is one of the finest in the country, and as such, employs the best qualified applicants. During the examination process, emphasis is placed on a candidate's CHARACTER. 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. We will verify the information through various sources, including an intensive background investigation and a comprehensive polygraph examination.
This is a highly responsible position within the City of Fort Lauderdale that involves networking with the community and the protection of life and property. This is accomplished through patrol work, criminal investigation, community policing and enforcement of the laws of the State of Florida and the Ordinances of the City of Fort Lauderdale. Assignments may typically involve routine motor patrol, motorcycle traffic enforcement, boats, bicycle or foot patrol. Officers receive assignments and instructions from police officers of a higher rank and perform work in accordance with Department policies and standard operating procedures.
NOTE: The duties of this position will include all of those duties set forth in the official job description.
Average workweek is forty (40) hours with overtime or compensatory time off (at time-and-one-half) for hours in excess of forty (40) hours in a standard workweek. After one (1) year of service with the City, a Police Officer may request preference for shift assignment once each calendar year. Such assignments are based upon departmental seniority and your preference.
All uniforms and required equipment are furnished by the department with the exception of the service weapon, shoes, handcuffs, and whistle.
Police Officers are eligible for normal retirement after twenty (20) years of service computed at three (3%) percent per year up to a maximum of 75%. The retirement plan is supported by the City and is contributory on the part of the employee. Additionally, Officers can participate in up to an 8 year Deferred Retirement Option Program (D.R.O.P.).
Vacation – Leave - Hospitalization
Up to 5 weeks of vacation annually; nine (9) paid holidays and three (3) personal holidays per year.
There is also sick leave benefit (with options to convert sick leave to vacation or cash.)
17 days of paid military leave.
Military Preference Given
Comprehensive group health, vision and dental plan.
Full pay while in the academy.
Education and Salary Incentives.
Civil-Service College Loan Forgiveness Program.
After one (1) year of service with the City, a Police Officer may participate in the Tuition Refund program for up to 100% of state tuition for job-related* college course work (based on grades). *includes other city jobs
Other Benefits include:
Take Home Vehicle Program.
Post-Retirement Pension increases every 3 years
Union representation. (Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #31)
Excellent promotional opportunities.
In House Fitness Center
No state or local income taxes.
Equal opportunity employer.
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The City of Fort Lauderdale is an equal opportunity employer.