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    GENERAL:
  • IS THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL CURRENTLY HIRING?
    Yes! Due to the large size of our agency and the ever increasing size of Florida’s population, we are always actively seeking qualified and motivated candidates to become State Troopers!
  • IS THERE A CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS?
    No; we are always accepting applications for consideration.
  • WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A FLORIDA STATE TROOPER?
    You must be at least 19 years old, and a U.S. citizen with a high school diploma (or equivalency). You must have a valid driver's license and you must be willing to serve anywhere in Florida. Your weight must be in proportion to your height. Preference is given to applicants who have the equivalent of an Associate's degree from an accredited college, or 2 years of military service with an honorable discharge, or Florida certified law enforcement officers with one year of sworn law enforcement experience.
  • WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM AGE LIMIT FOR FHP?
    All those over the age of 19 are welcome to apply. We do not discriminate based upon age!
  • DOES FHP ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM OUT OF STATE?
    Yes; so long as you meet the minimum qualifications, you are welcome to apply, wherever you are currently living!
  • DO I NEED A FLORIDA DRIVER'S LICENSE BEFORE I APPLY?
    No, but your current Driver's License must be valid and all fines in all states must be paid. You will be required to obtain a Florida Driver License prior to attending the FHP Academy.
  • WHAT IF I AM OVER THE FHP WEIGHT STANDARDS?
    Upon arrival to the PAT testing you will be weighed by FHP staff. If you are 20 pounds over your allowed weight you will not be allowed to continue testing.
    Our physician makes the final decision regarding an applicant's physical abilities to perform the minimum functions of a State Trooper. However you need to be prepared to meet the high physical standards the training academy demands! Generally speaking, if you are more than 20 pounds over your maximum recommended weight, our doctors will disqualify you. All candidates are expected to be working toward getting into optimum shape for the academy during the application process.
  • WHERE DO I FIND THE POSITION NUMBER FOR THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION?
    Please leave the line blank. Position numbers are assigned at the FHP Training Academy. Please fill in the lines designated Agency: with "FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL" and Title: with "STATE TROOPER"
  • WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE MY PAST EMPLOYERS INFORMATION?
    Please research and locate the information. In the age of the internet, there are many resources available to help you obtain the required information! The address, telephone numbers and the supervisor's names are very important. The application is returned when information is omitted. If you cannot remember all of your employers, the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service may have that information available.
  • WHAT IF I HAVE AN ARREST RECORD?
    It depends on the arrest. Felonies and Domestic Violence arrests are automatic disqualification factors. If you were arrested for a misdemeanor or as a juvenile, you must obtain and attach all police reports and court disposition documents to the application. Any crime of violence will be grounds for disqualification.
  • I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT THE DOT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES (CMV). WHEN DID THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR REGULATING COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES?
    During the 2011 legislative session SB 2160, was passed and revises the divisions within the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; creating the Office of Motor Carrier Compliance of the Division of the Florida Highway Patrol within the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
    BENEFITS:
  • ARE THERE ANY METHODS TO SUPPLEMENT THE STARTING SALARY?
    Yes. Hire back (Overtime) Programs and Criminal Justice Incentive Pay may supplement your income, as well as the opportunity for other off-duty police employment after you have been released from your probationary status.
  • WILL HAVING OR OBTAINING AN ASSOCIATE OR BACHELOR DEGREE HELP ME?
    Yes! Certified Law Enforcement Officers who have an Associate's Degree earn an additional $30 per month. Those who hold a Bachelor's Degree earn an additional $80 per month. The incentive monies are paid during your entire law enforcement career. Also, preference is given to those who hold at least an associates degree.
  • WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR BENEFITS?
    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.
  • WHAT TYPE OF RETIREMENT SYSTEM DOES FHP HAVE?
    We offer a contributory retirement system and each member is vested after six years. Full retirement benefits are awarded after 25 years of service and the benefits are based on three percent per year, meaning a member who retires at 25 years receives 75 percent of their salary and an automatic 3 percent per year benefit increase. At thirty years, a member would receive 90 percent of their salary. Members may also choose to enter an investment plan in lieu of the state pension, whereby the State of Florida will contribute funds to a retirement account. We also have a Deferred Compensation Plan and a Deferred Retirement Option plan (DROP) to further build your retirement savings. With proper preparation, many members are able to retire at 100 percent or more of the average of the highest 5 salary years!
    THE SELECTION PROCESS:
  • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BE HIRED ONCE I APPLY?
    You will be hired in a trainee status when you report to the FHP Training Academy. Salary and full health and retirement benefits based on a trainee status will begin upon your employment start date!
  • HOW DOES THE SELECTION PROCESS WORK?
    All applicants must pass a written test (*BAT) and a Physical Abilities Test (P.A.T.). All successful applicants will undergo a physical exam (including a drug screen), a polygraph exam, and a psychological evaluation. A complete background investigation and credit check are conducted on applicants who pass all the preceding tests.

    *BAT TEST: The Florida Highway Patrol will no longer be administering this test. Applicants will not be processed unless they have written proof of passing this BAT Test. Additional information and study material can be found at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website. This website will provide you with information on how you may obtain a study guide and participate in this BAT test at selection centers located throughout the State of Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol does not provide a study guide or other information pertaining to this test.

  • WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS OR FAIL THE WRITTEN TEST AND THE P.A.T.?
    You will need to submit another application. Applications of candidates who do not report for their test date without providing advanced notice of their inability to attend are purged from our files. We ask that you make every effort to attend your assigned date or let us know in advance that you will not be able to attend so we may reschedule.
  • AS AN OUT OF STATE APPLICANT, HOW MANY TRIPS TO FLORIDA WILL I MAKE TO COMPLETE THE SELECTION PROCESS?
    Three trips. During the first trip (Phase I) you will take the Physical Abilities Test (PAT). The second trip is for Phase II, the polygraph examination. Your third trip is for Phase III, which combines the psychological exam, the eye exam, and the medical exam.
  • WHAT HAPPENS IF I PASS ALL OF THE EXAMINATIONS?
    Your file is turned over to the Chief Background Investigator who assigns it to a Regional Background Investigator. The Regional Background Investigator will conduct a thorough investigation. Those who pass the background investigation are placed on the "Ready-To-Hire" list. The Florida Highway Patrol selects Academy candidates from the "Ready-To Hire" list.
  • IS EVERYONE ON THE "READY TO HIRE" LIST INVITED TO THE NEXT ACADEMY?
    It depends on the number of positions available! The Colonel selects the candidates for the Academy. Candidates with the preferred educational background, military, or law enforcement experience are selected first. After those candidates have been exhausted, remaining ready to hire candidates will be offered positions.
  • HOW OFTEN MAY I ENTER THE SELECTION PROCESS?
    Phase I (PAT) is administered once a month in Tallahassee and Orlando.
  • HOW IMPORTANT IS MY CREDIT STATUS?
    Very important! Before applying, please make arrangements with all creditors with whom you have overdue accounts to pay the balance in full. If any accounts are with a collection agency, please rectify the situation before submitting the application. Also, provide all documentation regarding the repayment arrangements when you submit your supplemental application.
  • WHAT CAN I DO TO IMPROVE MY CREDIT?
    Contact your local Consumer Credit Council for assistance or contact each creditor and enter into a repayment schedule plan. Ask the company to send a letter on company letterhead confirming the arrangements.
    COMPLETING MY SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION:
  • DO MY TECHNICAL SCHOOL CREDITS QUALIFY AS ACCREDITED COLLEGE COURSE HOURS?
    No.
  • DO I HAVE TO GET DRIVING RECORDS FROM EVERY STATE WHERE I HAVE EVER BEEN LICENSED?
    Yes you must! The records must be original certified records from the State DMV. Local police printouts and photocopies are unacceptable.
  • WHAT IF I AM STILL IN THE MILITARY AND DO NOT HAVE MY DD214?
    Ask your Company Commander to write a letter on official letterhead detailing your separation date, type of discharge expected, and your character of service.
  • WHAT IF I HAVE SEALED OR EXPUNGED RECORDS?
    The records are subject to disclosure to law enforcement personnel and are necessary for completing your background investigation. Please submit photocopies of the arrest records, police reports, and court records with your supplemental application.
  • WHERE DO I GET A 3X3 PHOTOGRAPH AND DOES IT HAVE TO BE EXACTLY 3X3?
    Any full-face photograph may be cut to size. The photograph should depict only the applicant from the waist up, without a hat or sunglasses.
  • WILL MY MILITARY COLLEGE CREDITS TRANSFER TO COLLEGE CREDITS AND ASSIST ME IN THE COMPETITIVE SELECTION PROCESS?
    Yes they will. Please obtain and forward your official (unopened) transcripts with your supplemental application.
  • HOW IMPORTANT IS MY DRIVING RECORD?
    Very important! Receiving four or more moving violations within a two-year period, (including driver license suspensions) or receiving a reckless driving citation within a seven-year period from the date of the application will disqualify you.
  • HOW IMPORTANT ARE MY CHARACTER REFERENCES?
    Very important! Please complete all of the information. Your application is delayed when the information is omitted. We will not process incomplete applications.
    THE ACADEMY:
  • DO I RECEIVE A SALARY WHILE ATTENDING THE ACADEMY?
    Yes. State Trooper recruits are paid $2514.88, as well as full room and board!
  • HOW LONG IS THE FHP TRAINING ACADEMY IN HAVANA?
    The Basic Recruit Academy is 25 weeks for non-certified individuals. Those who hold a Florida Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission Certificate attend a eight-week transitional academy. All new Troopers will participate in a ten-week Field Training Program at their first duty assignment.
  • WILL I HAVE TO COMPLETE A FULL ACADEMY IF I HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH AN OUT OF STATE POLICE AGENCY?
    That depends on you! The Florida Department of Law Enforcement offers an “Equivalency Training” program through which you may become a certified Florida Law Enforcement Officer. Certified Florida Law Enforcement Officers are offered the opportunity to attend the transitional training course. Information regarding equivalency training may be found at the following link: www.fdle.state.fl.us/cjst/officerrequirements/equivalency.html. Otherwise, completion of the full 25-week academy class will certify you as a law enforcement officer in Florida.
  • WHAT IS THE ACADEMY LIKE?
    The Training Academy offers a quasi-military training regimen. Recruits begin each weekday with physical training. They have classes for eight hours a day and their evenings are used for studying. The recruits live at the Academy during their 25 weeks of training. On the weekends recruits are allowed to leave Academy grounds.
  • WHERE WILL I BE ASSIGNED AFTER MY ACADEMY GRADUATION?
    Duty assignments are determined based upon position availability and agency needs. 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 17 of the 25-week academy class.
  • WHAT CHANCE DO I HAVE OF RETURNING TO MY HOME AREA AFTER THE ACADEMY?
    We will make an effort to keep you close to where you would like to be, on the basis of position availability and critical need of the agency. That means that, while we would always like you to be able to be assigned in or near your home county, we may not be able to do so, either due to lack of positions in the area or due to a much greater need for manpower in other parts of the state. Areas typically in need of additional troopers are Miami, Orlando, and Southwest Florida. You should prepare your family and yourself for a first duty assignment away from your home county in the event a position is not available in the area where you would like to serve. Transfer requests are accepted after 12 months of duty at your first assignment.
  • IF I AM ACCEPTED TO THE STATE TROOPERS TRAINING ACADEMY AND DURING THE TRAINING ACADEMY I DECIDE THAT I WOULD RATHER BE A COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT (CVE) TROOPER, CAN THIS BE DONE?
    These types of requests will be handled on a case by case basis, based on the needs of the Department. Your initial application to the division dictates your acceptance of employment to a position number.

WHAT ARE SOME OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL?
You can learn all about the Florida Highway Patrol by visiting www.flhsmv.gov/fhp or contacting your local recruiter!


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