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The time frame for completion of the selection process is approximately nine months to one year. Trainees can expect to spend an average of three to five hours outside of these hours on a daily basis towards academic, physical, and uniform and equipment preparation for the academy. Upon selection for the police academy, our applicants are given their start date, which is also when their pay and benefits will commence. Upon graduating from the academy, there is a pay increase contingent on the officer's schedule night differential and whether they have an associates or bachelor degree.
Out-of-state officers are considered to be "non-certified applicants. You are now leaving the official website of Miami-Dade County government.
Please be aware that when you exit this site, you are no longer protected by our privacy or security policies. Miami-Dade County is not responsible for the content provided on linked sites. The provision of links to these external sites does not constitute an endorsement. Ok Cancel. Skip to Primary Content. Careers: Police Officer. Applicants must: Be at least 20 years old to apply, and 21 years old at the time of hire High school diploma or equivalent. An evaluation of foreign school diploma may be required. Have one or more of the following: An associate degree or at least 60 college credits.
Two years of active or reserve military duty. Three years of continuous full-time, post-high school work experience. One year of full-time sworn law enforcement experience. Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement. Any person who, after July 1, , pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of a felony, or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
Never have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Successfully pass a background investigation, to include drug testing. Pass a physical examination by a licensed physician. For Florida Correctional Officers, must have successfully completed a cross-over law enforcement program, and successfully passed the Florida State Law Enforcement Officer Certification Examination. Lateral applicants: If employed as a law enforcement officer outside of Florida, must have successfully completed the FDLE Equivalency of Training, and successfully passed the Florida State Law Enforcement Officer Must complete a Certification Examination within one year of receipt of the approved Equivalency Training.
Complied with FDLE mandatory retraining or educational requirements for law enforcement officers. Must have completed probation at least one year at the time of hiring, if employed as a sworn law enforcement officer with another agency.
Patrols the unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County in a radio equipped car or motorcycle to preserve law and order. Responds to a variety of calls that require several intervention approaches ranging from personal counseling techniques to the use of physical or deadly force. Police officers respond to accidents, domestic disturbances, various misdemeanors and felonies, traffic and crowd problems, etc.
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At crime scenes or accidents, police officers administer first aid, conduct preliminary investigations, locate evidence, obtain information from witnesses, complete reports, make arrests and escort prisoners to jail. Testifies in court concerning work activities. Serves criminal and metropolitan writs; conducts search and surveillance to determine whereabouts of person to be served; arrests fugitives and returns person to proper authority. Serves as instructor in the teaching of traffic safety to civic and school groups; broadcasts traffic information through commercial radio stations.
Assists in departmental programs and cooperates with other agencies in dealing with social, medical, and psychological problems such as domestic crises, alcoholism, attempted suicides, and other emotional disturbances. On assignment, participates in underwater search and recovery missions, mobile crime laboratory investigations, undercover surveillance, civil defense exercises, rescue operations, marine patrol, and vice raids. Applications for Correctional Officer CO are accepted on a continuous basis.
Please contact our Recruitment Center at Make sure you follow the directions carefully. Some forms cannot be submitted until the entire form is completed. If you receive a warning message, follow the instructions provided. If you are having difficulties completing the People First application, contact If you are experiencing issues with submitting a Supplemental and Willingness Questionnaire application online, please contact the Recruitment Center at for assistance.
To make changes to your contact information, please contact the Recruitment Center at After applying, you will receive an email confirmation from People First within 24 hours. The next business day you will receive an email to electronically complete the Supplemental Application and Willingness Questionnaire.
If you need additional assistance or have further questions, please contact the Recruitment Center at Check your junk and spam folders periodically for emails from FDC. The process varies from candidate to candidate; however, it is common for the entire process to take 2 to 3 months. Florida Statue Candidates are given the opportunity to choose two work locations on the Supplemental and Willingness Questionnaire. Your application will be sent to your first-choice work location.
This test is only administered within the State of Florida and predicts the likelihood for successful completion of basic recruit training and the State Officer Certification Exam SOCE. The CJBAT assesses written comprehension and expression, information ordering, spatial orientation, memorization, problem sensitivity, and inductive reasoning.
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Additional information is available by clicking here. Candidates who fail the CJBAT are eligible to retake the test a total of three times per vendor within a twelve-month period. For more information click here.
Pursuant to This also applies to felony charges where adjudication is withheld. There is no statutory bar; however, the Federal Gun Control Act bars a person convicted of this charge from possessing a firearm or ammunition, whether on or off duty. Therefore, this would be a disqualifier from employment is a certified capacity with FDC. Any person convicted as an adult of a felony is prohibited from employment as a certified officer pursuant to Florida Statute Proceedings under juvenile court are generally not considered to be a criminal conviction unless the individual was tried and convicted as an adult.
Therefore, juvenile convictions are not included as a legal bar to appointment as an officer as long as the juvenile record has been expunged. Thoroughness and accuracy are required when completing the Supplemental and Willingness Questionnaire. All information will be verified for truthfulness during the background investigation process. Deliberate omissions of information on the Supplemental Application may result in elimination from the selection process.
Examples of disqualifying information include: felony conviction, current firearm prohibition, currently on probation, domestic violence conviction, or an active criminal warrant.