Why Fort Lauderdale?

Why Fort Lauderdale?

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Welcome to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department Recruiting website!


If you’re taking the first step toward starting a career with our agency, you’re in the right place.

Read through our website to learn more about the hiring process and what it takes to become a Fort Lauderdale police officer. If you have any questions, our Recruiting team will be happy to answer them. We look forward to starting you on the path to a very rewarding career.  

The men and women of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department are honored to serve a community that is diverse, rapidly growing, innovative, and progressive. Fort Lauderdale is located 28 miles north of Miami and is the County Seat of Broward County. The city is a popular tourist destination, with an average year-round temperature of 75.5 °F (24.2 °C) and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Greater Fort Lauderdale, encompassing all of Broward County hosted 14 million visitors in 2017, including 2.8 million international visitors. The district has 561 hotels and motels comprising nearly 35,000 rooms. Forty-nine cruise ships sailed from Port Everglades in 2017. Greater Fort Lauderdale has over 4,000 restaurants, 63 golf courses, 12 shopping malls, 16 museums, 132 nightclubs, 278 parkland campsites, and 100 marinas housing 45,000 resident yachts. Fort Lauderdale is the 10th largest city in Florida and we are continually adding new residents to our city each day. With this constant growth, we also have an ever-growing need for more police officers to protect our citizens and visitors, and to serve our community. 


Fort Lauderdale attracts individuals from all over the nation and the world. New people move here every day for great jobs, and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department is one of many great places to work.


Our department is made up of a diverse team of police officers from a variety of different backgrounds, but we’re all here for the same purpose: to create a safer Fort Lauderdale for our residents and visitors. As a Fort Lauderdale police officer you’ll work with a team of peers that you’ll come to know as family. 

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Our mission as law enforcement officers is to create a safer Fort Lauderdale for our residents and visitors while serving the community in a way that bonds our police officers and citizens.


Whether you’re a patrol officer or a member of the SWAT team, community policing is an integral part of our organization. At FLPD, you’ll have a myriad of opportunities to connect with the community you serve.


The Best People

Our officers care deeply about the community they serve and work hard every day to keep it safe.



The Best Training

Fort Lauderdale Police officers are provided with 40 hours of high-quality training every year. Our state-of-the-art Training Facility provides us with the ability to offer classroom instruction; defensive tactics; gun ranges; and live-action training.



At FLPD, you’ll begin your career with competitive pay and great benefits. Where you take it from there is up to you.


We offer assignments in many specialized units across the department, and promotional exams provide additional opportunities for advancement. With such a wide variety of career options, you can build your own path and always love what you do.

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Officer Testimonials

We have a diverse team of officers, with all kinds of life and work experience, who love what they do.


Visit our Get to know your officers page and watch our video to learn more about these officers stories and why they chose FLPD. 


Women on the Team

More and more women are choosing to pursue careers in law enforcement today, and the number of women we’re adding to our team grows each year.

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Military & the FLPD

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department employs many U.S. military veterans as well as Reservists and National Guardsmen.




Prospective applicants are encouraged to participate in the Ride-Along Program prior to applying, if possible. 

Any citizen or applicant wishing to participate in the program can obtain information by contacting the Patrol Secretary at 954-828-5700.


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.