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Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Recruitment

Become a Police Officer with the City of Fort Lauderdale

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Police Department is committed to providing a safe and orderly environment in our city through professionalism, dedication, an active partnership with the community, and concern for individual dignity.

If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement with an organization that has an honorable reputation for protecting and serving the community, then the City of Fort Lauderdale is the place for you.

Here is a quick reference guide detailing the minimum requirements and documentation required for the Police Officer online application.

Minimum Requirements

Documents Required with
Online Application

  • Watch a “Police Officer Applicant” video (copy and paste this link in your browser
  • Be a United States citizen (U.S. born or naturalized)
  • HS Diploma/GED
  • 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 *Exceptions exist for prior law enforcement and Military service
  • 21 years old
  • Valid Florida Drivers License and acceptable driving record
  • Must be able to successfully complete an approved Police Academy Training program (Non-Certified Police Officer)
  • Successfully meet a minimum reading ability level and pass all City of Fort Lauderdale required pre-employment examination requirements
  • Shall be a non-user of tobacco products
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)/Police Officer Certification (Certified- Police Officer)

  • Birth certificate and/or naturalization papers
  • College transcript
  • High school diploma or certificate or equivalent education (if applicable)
  • Complete driving history
  • Pre-Job Offer Questionnairepdf (PJQ) 
  • DD214 Military Release Form (Member 4 Copy) (if applicable)
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Veteran’s Preference Claim Form (If applicable) (J-204pdf)
  • FDLE/Police Officer Certification (Certified- Police Officer)

Additional Requirements (to be obtained prior to appointment):

  • Criminal Justice Basic Ability Test (CJBAT) esults (Non-Certified Police Applicants)
  • Physical Agility/Basic Motor Skills Testing results
  • Swim test results

*Failure to include the above required documents when submitting an application will result in disqualification of the application.


You will find instructions for completing the application process and submitting required documentation for both Certified and Non-Certified Police Officer in the job announcement. You may access the job announcement during an active recruiting period by viewing the City's job opportunities web page. It is highly recommended that you review this information carefully.

Visit the Fort Lauderdale Police Department's website to obtain more information.

Downloadable Forms

Police Pre-Job Offer Questionnairepdf

Veteran’s Preference J-204 Formpdf

Should you have any questions, please call 954-828-5300.