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Employment - NOW HIRING!!!!

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’re 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 still accepting applications for Certified and Non-Certified Police Officers! 

We are looking for qualified men and women to join our team and help build a safer Fort Lauderdale. If you have a desire to protect and a heart to serve the Fort Lauderdale community, you’re in the right place. As a Fort Lauderdale police officer you’ll be working in a large, diverse city with a growing population and many career opportunities.

If you are out of state, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information on the process.

MORE GOOD NEWS!!!  The certified police officer application period is open

continuously and the non-certified officer application period has been extended until

11/30/2018. It is recommended that you do not delay in the preparation and

submission of your application if you intend to apply for a non-certified police officer




                                              How to Apply

If you are interested in applying, you’ll find the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of each page of our website. Be sure you click the "Join The Team" link for information on minimum requirements and how the application process works. 

IMPORTANT: We contact all applicants via email throughout the hiring process. It is recommended that you check all of your mail folders, including your NeoGov account that you created to ensure that you receive our emails. Not taking this step may result in you missing important updates regarding your application. 

Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information on what to expect and how to get ready for the initial phases of the application process. The following video is also a helpful resource:


Police Academy

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 NewsThe 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.

For information on the application process click on Join The Team in the Left-Side Navigation Bar.


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.

Hiring Process

All applicants must submit an online application, along with all of the required documents sent as attachments.

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.

Job Interest Card


Pay and Benefits

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department offers one of the highest starting salaries in Florida 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.

Career Paths

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:

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.


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

                               Apply Now


The City of Fort Lauderdale is an equal opportunity employer.

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