The Florida Highway Patrol is the finest state law enforcement agency in the nation and we provide the highest level of professional law enforcement services available. We hold both National and State law enforcement accreditations. Using a comprehensive education and enforcement plan we promote safety throughout Florida.
The FHP actively enforces the State’s criminal, traffic, motor vehicle and driver’s license laws. State Troopers are motivated, hard-working law enforcement officers specializing in traffic safety. Our women and men patrol Florida using state–of-the-art training, equipment, technology and resources to enhance our abilities.
We have many exciting career and promotional opportunities. Troopers with two years of experience are eligible for specialty positions such as contraband interdiction officer, criminal investigations, dignitary protection, DUI patrol, Instructor, motorcycle patrol, occupant protection specialist, recruitment officer, pilot, public affairs officer, special response team, K-9 handler, plus many more.
Troopers with five years of experience are eligible to promote to supervisory positions.
United States Citizen - High School graduate or equivalent - Minimum of 19 years old at time of application (no maximum age restriction) - Valid driver’s license - Willing to accept an initial assignment anywhere in Florida.
One of the following - One year of law enforcement experience (sworn or non-sworn); Two years of public contact experience; Two years of active continuous U.S. military service with an honorable discharge; Completed 30 semester or 45-quarter hours of college credit from an accredited college or university.
Weight in proportion to height - Vision correctable to 20/30 in each eye with 140-degree field of vision - Normal color distinguishing capabilities - Successfully complete Physical Abilities Test - Medical exam.
The FHP selection process takes four to eight months to complete. Steps in the selection process include 1. A completed State of Florida Employment Application; 2. Physical Abilities Test and Written Exam; 3. Polygraph Exam; 4. Psychological Exam; 5. Medical Exam; 6. Vision Exam and 7. Background Investigation.
All out of state applicants are required to make three trips to Florida to complete the selection process.
Paid vacations, holidays, sick leave and military leave. Extensive Health and Life insurance options, deferred compensation plan, non-contributory retirement plan, educational leave with pay program, and education salary incentive pay. All uniforms and an annual cleaning allowance, equipment and weapons are provided. Members are also afforded a take-home patrol car privilege.
We provide paid training at the FHP training academy located just outside Tallahassee, Florida. The training curriculum is physically demanding and regimented in a para-military format. All recruits participate in physical conditioning exercises each day. The FHP provides lodging, meals and study materials for each recruit Trooper during academy training. Recruits are required to reside at the academy during training, they may leave each weekend. All recruits will purchase their own training uniforms and physical training equipment.
Duty assignments are determined based upon position availability and agency needs. Candidates may be assigned to the Patrol Bureau or the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau (CVE). The Patrol Bureau’s primary functions are enforcing the State's criminal, traffic, motor vehicle and driver licensing laws that regulate the flow of traffic. Assist motorists, perform motor vehicle inspections and investigate traffic crashes. Troopers detect and apprehend impaired drivers and search for missing and wanted persons. Investigators work driver license fraud, identity theft and odometer fraud cases. CVE troopers enforce regulations of commercial motor vehicles ensuring safe highway transportation of hazardous materials and other commodities. Inspecting commercial drivers log books to assure hours of operation are within regulation. Verifying that drivers possess a valid CDL and hazardous materials permit (if applicable). Candidates may be assigned a duty assignment located throughout the State of Florida. Those candidates who are currently certified law enforcement officers will be offered a duty assignment prior to the start of their academy class. Candidates for Basic Recruit Training (those who are not yet certified law enforcement officers) will be given their duty assignments after they have begun the academy class and completed the state certification exam. This is generally in week 20 of the full basic recruit academy.
All new Troopers complete an approximate 28-week training academy. This training is required to take the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Law Enforcement Exam. New recruits without law enforcement experience and/or Florida Law Enforcement Certification attend the Basic Recruit Academy.
An eight-week transitional academy is offered for Florida certified law enforcement officers. The training curriculum is physically demanding and regimented in a para-military format. All recruits participate in physical conditioning exercises each day. The FHP provides lodging, meals and study materials for each recruit Trooper during academy training. Recruits are required to reside at the academy during training and they may leave most weekends. All recruits will purchase their own training uniforms and physical training equipment.
Out-of-state law enforcement officers must obtain their Florida Law Enforcement Certification prior to entering the Transitional Academy. Information is available at www.fdle.state.fl.us.
Basic Recruit Training - $2,514.88 per month
Statewide - $33,977.04 annually ($2,831.42 monthly)
Broward, Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties - $38,976.84 annually ($3,248.07 monthly)
Those that live and work in Collier and Lee Counties - $38,976.84 annually ($3,248.07 monthly)
- $500 annually
up to $130 monthly
Florida Highway Patrol
Email at FHPCareers@flhsmv.gov