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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Do I have to complete the full academy if I was a Police Officer in the Military?

A: No, depending on your actual job in the military you may qualify for an Equivalency of Training (EOT) Course.  Review the FDLE Equivalency of Training webpage to see if your certification is accepted.

Q. Do I have to complete a Full FTO program if I was already an Officer somewhere else?

A. Experienced officers have the opportunity to complete the FTO program in as little as 8 weeks (dependent on their individual progress)

Q: Do I have to complete the full academy if I have a Law Enforcement Certification from another state?

A: 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 course in Florida. Visit the FDLE website for information on the Equivalency of Training process.

Q: My Law Enforcement Certification has expired. Can I apply as a Law Enforcement Officer with your agency?

A: Yes, you may apply. There are certain steps that must be taken to update/activate your certification. The process may vary slightly depending on individual circumstances. Please visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website HERE for more information regarding this topic

Q: Does the Fort Lauderdale Police Department offer Specialty Units?

A: Yes, the FLPD offers many Specialty Units such as SWAT, Bomb Squad, K9 (Apprehension, EOD, Narcotics)  Mounted Unit, School Resource Officers, Dive Team, Field Training Officers, Marine Unit, Bike Platoon, Special Response Team (Field Force),  Neighborhood Action Team, Detective Bureau, Honor Guard, ROC- Rapid Offender Control, Street Crimes Unit, Motor Unit, Community Engagement Team, DUI Unit, Traffic Homicide Unit, Tech Services, Major Narcotics, Training Unit, Recruiting Unit, Backgrounds Investigation Unit and many more

Q: What is the starting salary and Top pay for Police Officers?

A: STARTING SALARY: Non-Certified starting salary $61,734.40 while attending the Broward College Institute of Public Safety Police Academy

Starting Salary for Certified Officers with no experience- $64,896

SALARY: $61,734.40 - $95,305.60 (10 annual step increases after completion of original probationary period)

Q: Would I get credit for my prior law enforcement experience?

A: Yes. New hires having previous full time sworn law enforcement experience may be eligible to start at a higher pay rate.

Experienced Police Officers will be paid as follows, 

 1 - 2.9 years of service $67,579.20 minimum annual salary

 3 - 4.9 years of service $70,241.60 minimum annual salary

 5 - 6.9 years of service $73,070.40 minimum annual salary

 7 - 8.9 years of service $75,712.00 minimum annual salary

 9 or more years of service $ 78,436.80 minimum annual salary

Q: I'm an Officer in another State. In order to apply with FLPD as a Certified Officer does that mean that I have to already be Certified in Florida?

A: No. We accept Law Enforcement certifications from other states. You must provide and submit your State certification along with your previous academy training curriculum.

Q:  Does the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department accept lateral transfers from other police departments?

A:  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 Exam Qualification. 

Q. Does Corrections Experience Satisfy the 2 years of Law Enforcement Experience to Bypass the 60 College Credit Requirement?

A. No it does not.

Q. If I already attended a Corrections Academy, will you send me to a Crossover class or do I have to attend the full Police Academy?

A. You would have to attend the Full Police Academy that we would pay for and that we also pay you to attend.

Q. Does FLPD offer Relocation Pay?

 A. No, we do not

Q: Does FLPD have a residency requirement for the officers?

A. No. However, in order to take advantage of our Take Home Vehicle program you must reside in the Tri-County area (Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade)

Q. Does FLPD have a Take Home Vehicle Program?

A. Yes, we allow officers to drive their car homes within the Tri-County area after the completion of their probationary period 

Q:  If I’m a certified police officer in a different state, do I have to complete the Equivalency Of Training (EOT) before applying?

A:  No, however if you are hired by the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department we will send you to the class at the City’s expense within a year of the hiring process.  

Q: Do I have to take the CJBAT (Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test) If I am already certified? 

A: No 

Q:  How do I obtain a Florida Driver’s License History?

A: Information on how to obtain your Florida Driving History please click HERE

Q:  Do I need a Florida Driver’s License to be a City of Fort Lauderdale Police Officer?

A:  A Florida Driver’s License is not required at the time of application for the position of Police Officer.  An operator’s license equivalent to a State of Florida Class E is required at the time of application.  However, by the date of hire you must possess a valid, unrestricted State of Florida Driver’s License (Class E).

Q: What is the Retirement/Pension Plan like?

A: Our Officers Vest after 10 years of Service. We offer a Great Pension Plan with a 3% multiplier for each year of service, and a maximum of 75% after 25 years of service. You are eligible for retirement at 20 years. We also offer up to an 8 Year DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) program. Post Retirement Pension Increases every 3 years.

Q: Can you mail me a paper application?

A: We do not mail or email applications. In order to operate as quickly and efficiently as possible our application is web based and must be completed online

Q: How long does the hiring process take?

A: The entire hiring process generally takes around 90 days, which is dependent on several factors, including how quickly our inquiries are answered by your previous employers, personal references and neighbors.

Q: Do you have a minimum education requirement?

A: Yes. You 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 applicants who are Certified Officers with a High-school diploma and at least two (2) years of prior full time law enforcement experience. The college semester credit hour requirement may also be waived for U.S. Military personnel that possess a High-school diploma and at least two (2) years of active duty service with an honorable discharge. NO EXCEPTIONS

Q: Where do I apply?

A: or The application process is completely online.

Q: Can I apply if I live in another state?

A. Yes, you can apply if you live in another state.

Q: How many trips will I have to make to Fort Lauderdale in order to secure employment with your agency?

A: We will make every effort to create a schedule that meets your travel needs. Typically, our goal is a minimum of 2 trips. However, more trips may be necessary to secure employment. The first trip consists of completing the CJBAT, SWIM and Agility Test at the Broward County College Institute of Public Safety. The second trip will encompass an Oral Board Interview, Polygraph Exam, Psychological Examination and Pre-Employment Medical Exam and Drug Screening. Not all appointments are guaranteed and each depends on the outcome of the previous step. 

Q:  How soon will I hear from you after submitting my application?

A: We will make contact with you within 60 days of application submission. There is no need to contact us to verify that your application was received.  

Q: Can I be hired if I have not gone to the academy?

 A: Highly qualified applicants who have not been to an accredited academy may be hired as non-certified officers and will be required to attend the Broward College Institute of Public Safety Police Academy. Recruits do not live at the academy while attending.

Q: I need Agency sponsorship so that I can attend the Police Academy. I don’t even need to be paid. Will you sponsor me?

A: No. To be sponsored by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department you must be hired as a Non Certified Law Enforcement Trainee. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department only sponsors their own employees.

Q: How long is the academy?

  A: Approximately 22 weeks.  We use the Broward College Institute of Public Safety Police Academy.

Q: If I live closer to another academy in Florida other than the Broward College IPS, can I just go to that one so I don't have to drive too far from my house?

A: No, We only sponsor recruits to attend the Broward College IPS Academy.

Q: Are there any citizenship requirements to be a Fort Lauderdale Police Officer?

A:  An applicant for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department must be a United States citizen.


Q: When are the academies held and are they live in academies?

A: The annual schedule for the academies is set by the Broward College Institute of Public Safety- No, they are not live in academies.

Q: How soon before I can apply for a specialty unit?

A. All officers must complete probation before they can apply to any specialty unit (K9, Detective, Bike Team, SWAT).

Q: Any incentives to being hired with a College Degree?

A. Yes, An officer can receive $30 monthly for an Associate degree and an additional $50 for a Bachelor degree or higher, providing the degree is from an accredited university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

An officer can also receive $20 monthly for every 80 hours of advanced training taken from a Commission-certified training school.

The maximum salary incentive is $130 per month for training and education. Salary incentive money is not funded by the state and must be budgeted and approved by the employing agency.

Q: What kind of Patrol shifts do the officers work? 

A: Our Officers work 4 different shifts. They work 7am-3pm, Noon-10pm, 7pm-5am and 9:30pm-7:30am. The dayshift is 5 days on/2 days off and the other three shifts are 4 days on/3 days off. The schedule does not rotate and we shift pick once a year.

Q: Can I apply if I was discharged from the military with a dishonorable discharge?

A: Your application will be disqualified if you have received a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the Armed Forces.  Any other than honorable discharge from the military will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Q: What is a passing score for the CJBAT, Swim or Basic Motor Skills Test and when do the results expire?

A: All 3 of these exams are graded as Pass/Fail. The CJBAT is good for 4 years, BMST is good for 6 months and the Swim Test is good for life and has no expiration date.

Q: Does the police department have a tattoo policy?

A: Yes. You Must NOT have body markings, tattoos, scarifications, or branding that:

• Are of a nature to bring discredit upon the Police Department. Examples include, but are not limited to, drug-related, gang-related, extremist, obscene, indecent, sexist, or racist.

• Depict intolerance or discrimination against any race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identification.

Tattoos, body marking or scarifications not described above should be concealable in a long sleeve shirt and long pant police uniform.

• Any other tattoo, branding or scarification will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Q: What is the Basic Motor Skills test and can it be taken anywhere?

A:The BMST Must be taken at the Broward College Institute of Public Safety. Click HERE for more information on the Basic Motor Skills Test.

Q: Do I have to take the TABE test in order to apply?

A: No, we do not require the TABE

Q: Can I apply if I have used drugs?

A: The following drug use would disqualify an applicant if any of the below mentioned were indicated in the review of the application packet, polygraph examination or background investigation:

1. Use of any illegal drugs within three (3) years of the submission of an application for employment as a Police Officer will result in a failed background.

2. Any more than occasional past use of marijuana over the applicant's lifetime will result in an automatic, permanent disqualification, and not within three (3) years of application.

3. Other than Marijuana and Adderall, any past illegal use of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug, as defined by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, used in an illicit or recreational manner will result in an automatic, permanent disqualification (Controlled substance includes, but is not limited to, cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, amphetamines, barbiturates, designer drugs, hallucinogens, etc.).

4. Any more than experimental use of steroids not prescribed by a doctor for a medical condition and within five (5) years of application will result in an automatic failed background. Past sale of any illegal drug as defined by Florida State Statutes will result in an automatic, permanent disqualification.  

5. Any use of illegal drugs after having been employed by a police, corrections or law enforcement agency in a police, corrections or law enforcement capacity will result in an automatic, permanent disqualification.

6. Abuse of any prescription drug within five (5) years of application will result in an automatic failed background.

Q: Can I apply if I have been arrested?

A: Yes. However, you Must NOT have been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felony offense. Also, you must NOT have been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to any misdemeanor offense involving perjury, making a false statement or domestic/family violence (including abuse of the elderly or disabled). NOTE: Your entire criminal history record will be reviewed to determine your eligibility

Q: Are there age requirements?

A: All applicants must be at least 21 years of age. There is no Maximum age limit. 

If you have any questions, or need further assistance, please call the Recruiting Unit at 954-828-3573. You can also email the Recruiting Unit at


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