Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Florida

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Fort Lauderdale Police Department - Police Officer Job Posting

The City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department is one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country, and as such employs only those persons who are ultimately the best qualified. Much emphasis is placed upon a candidate’s CHARACTER during the examination process. Indications of your honesty and integrity begin with the submission of your application. All information provided on your application, and all other forms submitted for processing, must be true, accurate, and without omission, as well as in all other stages of the testing process. This is a critical component of the process in determining if the “Moral Character” of a candidate is appropriate for employment as a Police Officer. Verification will be conducted through various sources, including an intensive background investigation and a comprehensive polygraph examination. If you desire to become a City of Fort Lauderdale Police Officer, your character MUST be beyond reproach!


ALL Non-Certified applicants are required to take the TABE, CJBAT, BMST and Swim test before the submission of an on-line application.

1. Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) - Pass

2. Basic Motor Skills Test (BMST) - Pass

3. Swim Test - Pass

4. Oral Interview - passing score of 70% (weighted at 100%)

5. Preliminary Background Investigation – Qualifying

6. Conditional Job Offer

7. Polygraph Examination – Qualifying

8. Psychological Examination – Qualifying

9. Comprehensive Background Investigation – Qualifying

10. Medical Examination (including drug screen) – Pass

Applicants must attain a minimum overall score of 70 in order to qualify and be placed on an eligibility list. Processing of applicants will be conducted in accordance with eligibility list requirements as mandated through civil service rules.


Once your application has been approved, you will be notified by the City of Fort Lauderdale to schedule your Oral Board Interview. If you do not schedule your interview within the specified time frame, you will be considered withdrawn from the testing process. Please be sure you can commit to your scheduled interview date and time. A No-Show may result in an applicant being disqualified.

A three (3) member panel consisting of two (2) ranking officers from the Police Department and a Human Resources Representative will rate applicants in a formally structured interview. Applicants will be evaluated on characteristics important to the Police Officer position including, but not limited to, Command Presence, Integrity, Initiative/Interest, Communicative Ability, Tolerance for Stress, and Judgment/Decisiveness. Appropriate business attire is required.

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 Test Preparation Material

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Oral Interview Success Book
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