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Pursuant to Section 943.13, F.S., an individual employed or appointed as a full-time, part-time, or auxiliary law enforcement shall meet to the following requirements:

Minimum Requirements for Employment

  • Be at least 19 years of age
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement. Any person who, after July 1, 1981, 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, not-withstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
  • Never have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States
  • Pass a physical examination by a licensed physician
  • Have a good moral character
  • Successfully passed a background investigation, to include drug testing
  • Successfully completed the Florida Basic Recruit Training Program for the respective discipline, or equivalent
  • Achieve a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination
  • Complied with mandatory retraining for continuing training or education requirements