How to Become a Police Officer in Miami

Individuals who want to become a police officer in Miami can get the application forms at Room 129 in the Employment Office at  Miami Riverside Center which is located at 442 SW 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33130 or they can download the form online here.

If the applicant qualifies, he or she needs to take the civil service exam. Study guides are available online through the Miami police website. Take note that this test is for individuals who don’t have law enforcement certification. If they have certification they don’t need to take this exam.

The civil service exam will have 3 parts and will last four and a half hours:

  • Record keeping and judgement
  • Comprehension and judgement
  • Protective services profile

The Requirements

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 19 years of age
  • Prove proof of passing score from the FBAT, CJBAT or FDLE
  • A high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • A valid driver’s license from any state that has to to be equivalent to the state of Florida Class E driver’s license

Potential Dis-qualifiers

  • A felony or misdemeanor charge
  • A dishonorable discharge from the military

Vision Requirements

  • Depth perception has to be within normal limites
  • Uncorrected visual acuity of not lower than 20/50 correctable to 20/30 on each eye

Documentation requirements that applicants need to bring:

  • Proof of passing scores from the FBAT
  • Citizenship documents
  • High school or G.E.D. documentation from an accredited school
  • Former or current armed forces personnel must are requested to bring the Form DD-214 along with supplemental documents that prove their possession of a combat campaign or expeditionary medal to avail of the veterans preference points

The FBAT Test

There are three seperate FBAT tests, for individuals who want to join law enforcement, they have to take the LEBAT. These exams will test the following qualities of applicants:

  • Deductive reasoning
  • Inductive reasoning
  • Information ordering
  • Memorization
  • Problem sensitivity
  • Spatial orientation
  • Written comprehension
  • Written expression
For more information about the FBAT visit their website.

Physical Agility Test

Applicants will have a maximum of three attempts to pass the physical agility test:

  •  6-fo0t wall climb
  • 300 meter run
  • Window entry
  • 5-foot chain link fence climb
  • Body drag
  • Vehicle push
  • 1.5-mile run

Here’s a lowdown on the application process

  • Submit application form and requirements
  • Take the civil service test
  • Attend the orientation
  • Go through a polygraph exam
  • Take the physical agility test
  • Go through the psychological evaluation
  • Go through the background investigation
  • Qualified individuals will be give a conditional offer of employment and will go through a drug screening and a complete medical examination
  • Then it’s off to the academy…

Miami Police Academy Program

The curriculum in the academy consist of the following:

  • Law and criminal justice
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Criminal justice communications
  • First responder techniques
  • Defensive tactic skills
  • Weapons training
  • Patrol procedures
  • Traffic accident investigation
  • Driving
  • Criminal Investigation 

For more information on becoming a police officer in Miami, visit the Miami Police Department website or call (305) 579-6484.

Click here to check out the various police officer jobs in Miami.

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