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The Hiring Process

Hiring Process

First things First

All Local  Non-Certified  Officer Applicants MUST complete these tests PRIOR to submitting an application and the results MUST be submitted with the On-Line application. ALL of these tests are administered by the Broward College Institute of Public Safety. (If you live in Florida and feel that you may not be local, give us a call and we will look into it with you, it will be based on a case by case basis). For Non-Local applicants these tests must be completed prior to your Oral Board.


· 1. BASIC MOTOR SKILLS TEST (BMST)/ Physical Agility- Click HERE for more

· 2. SWIM TEST – Click HERE for more

· 3. CJBAT (Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test)- Click HERE for more           

 WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE FBAT Exam as a substitute for the CJBAT. The only AGILITY TEST that is accepted is the test that is administered by THE BROWARD COLLEGE INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC SAFETY.

 All Local Certified Officer Applicants MUST complete these tests and the results MUST be submitted with the On-Line application 


· 1. BASIC MOTOR SKILLS TEST (BMST)/ Physical Agility- Click HERE for more

· 2. SWIM TEST – Click HERE for more

 For Registration and Testing Schedule at Broward College Criminal Justice Testing Center visit HERE 






There are Six steps to the Fort Lauderdale

Police Department Application, Selection

and Hiring process:


Online Application and Submission of all

Required Documents

All applicants must complete the Online Application. You must create a NeoGov account in order to complete an application. You MUST ensure that you also submit the Required documents with the Online Application.

The Required Documents include the Pre Job Questionnaire (PJQ), Copy of your Birth Certificate and/or Naturalization Papers (If you are a naturalized citizen of the United States of America, you must submit a copy of your naturalization papers as proof of your citizenship or a United States of America passport), High School Diploma or Certificate of Equivalent Education (Possession of a GED anywhere other than the State of Florida or graduation from the USAFI is acceptable only if accompanied by an official school transcript with final grades. If a degree was acquired in a country other than the United States, evidence of equivalence from a recognized agency must be provided), College Transcripts (Must have completed at least 60 semester credit hours toward an Associate's degree or higher from an accredited private or public institution that is accepted by the city, with a minimum G.P.A of 2.0. A college transcript is required. *Exceptions exist for prior law enforcement (Not Including Corrections) and Military service), Driver’s License History, Police Officer Certification (Certified Applicants Only), DD214 Military Release Form- Member 4 Copy (if applicable), City of Fort Lauderdale Veteran’s Preference Claim Form (if applicable) (Form J204)

***Please Note that it could take up to 30 days after the submission of your application to be notified by the Police Department. Please be patient and continuously check your Personal Email and your NeoGov account messages.



Oral Board

 Once your application has been approved, you will be notified by the City of Fort Lauderdale to schedule your Oral Board Interview. If you do not schedule your interview within the specified time frame, you will be considered withdrawn from the testing process. Please be sure you can commit to your scheduled interview date and time. A No-Show may result in an applicant being disqualified.

A three (3) member panel consisting of two (2) ranking officers from the Police Department and a Human Resources Representative will rate applicants in a formally structured interview. Applicants will be evaluated on characteristics important to the Police Officer position including, but not limited to, Command Presence, Integrity, Initiative/Interest, Communicative Ability, Tolerance for Stress, and Judgment/Decisiveness. Appropriate business attire is required.



Background Investigation

The focus of the background investigation will include, but is not limited to, verification of education and training, previous employment and work history, driving history, arrest and conviction record and past or present use of drugs. Discrepancies found in the background investigation from information provided at any point in the selection process may be grounds for disqualification from the Police Officer selection process. The background investigation will be administered after a conditional offer of employment is given.





Polygraph Examination

Polygraph exam results are good for six (6) months (and then only upon the written recommendation of the Police Department). The polygraph examination will be administered after a conditional offer of employment is given. 



Psychological Examination

The psychological exam cannot be repeated any sooner than one (1) year from the date of the removal from the eligible register (and then only upon recommendation of the psychologist).The psychological examination will be administered after a conditional offer of employment is given..




Medical Examination

Prior to being hired, eligible candidates are required to successfully complete a medical examination by the City of Fort Lauderdale’s licensed physician. Candidates will be required to meet the City’s physical standards as determined by the licensed physician. A drug screen test is part of the medical examination 


How To Apply - Instructions on how to create an account and complete an online application.


                            The City of Fort Lauderdale is an equal opportunity employer.





If you still have questions please feel free to

contact the FLPD Recruiting Unit.

They are available Monday – Friday from

8:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M

954-828-FLPD (3573) or