How to Become a Police Officer in Orlando

Individuals aspiring to become a police officer in Orlando can take advantage of the online pre-application process made possible through the city of Orlando website. Before you do that make sure that you are qualified so that you won’t waste your time and the $25 application fee that is needed for the pre-application.

The OPD regularly invites highly qualified inviduals from college, the military and law enforcement training centers to join their ranks.

What Are The Qualifications to Become a Certified Peace Officer in Orlando?

  • All applicants are required to have U.S. citizenship.
  • Candidates should be at least 21 years of age.
  • A high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate is enough but having some college coursework (a 2 to 4 year college degree) is actually preferred.
  • Should have a valid driver’s license (1 year minimum).
  • Must be in good physical health and condition.
  • Visual acuity can be correctable to 20/40 in each eye.
  • Cannot have any felony or misdemeanor convictions.
  • Must be of good moral character.
  • Applicant’s residence should be within a 35 mile radius of the Orlando Police Headquarters.
  • Should take and pass the Civil Service Hiring Standards.

How to Become a Police Officer in Orlando

The Process of Becoming a Police Officer in Orlando

As mentioned earlier in this article, applicants have to pass the pre-application form, take note that there is a $25 fee when take the test.

Once the applicant passes the pre-application test, they will be asked to fill up an employment application. They have to make sure that all the required fields in this form are filled out as only complete forms will be reviewed and processed. It is important to note that applicants will have 30 days to complete this.

Qualified individuals will then take the Civil Service Exam and have to submit the following documents:

  • Birth certificate.
  • Valid proof of their American citizenship.
  • Department of Defense Form 214 or a proof of an honorable military discharge (applies to former armed forces personnel).
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Transcript of records from college.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Name change documents if necessary.

Candidates will then take the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test or the CJ BAT. This test consists of 125 questions (all multiple choice) which is designed to assess the individual’s visualization, language and reasoning capabilities. Take note that applicants need to pay $40 to take this test.

Prospects who pass the CJ BAT will then be required to attend the CJI (Criminal Justice Institution) Orientation. Dress formally in this event.

Next step would be taking on the physical agility test. This test will consist of the following activities in order qualify for the police or corrections academy:

  • Should be complete at least 15 push ups in one minute.
  • Should be able to do 25 sit ups in one minute.
  • Run a one and a half mile course in 18 minutes or less.

Please note that before taking the physical agility test, a person must get medical insurance and provide proof of it prior to taking this test.

Following steps include a polygraph exam, background investigation, and an oral interview. Once an applicant passes all these prerequisites, he or she will be given a post offer-conditional offer provided that they pass the medical and psychological exam and a post-polygraph test.

Orlando Police Academy Training

After completing the application process, a committee will select qualified applicants to attend the academy. It is important to note that while in the academy, individuals will be classified as a temporary employee and will receive an hourly salary of $16.14 for 40 hours per week. Uniform and tuition will also be subsidized by the Orlando Police Department.

Training in the Orlando Police Academy will involve the following:

  • Florida Law
  • Rules of Evidence
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Crimes
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Accident Investigations
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Firearms training
  • First aid

Field Training Program for Academy Graduates

Field training will last for 22 weeks and is divided into four phases, 1st three phases of training will be for training and evaluation where officers will be assigned a different Field Training Officer. The last phase will evaluate their capability of performing their duty as a solo patrol officer. Take note that during this phase officers are classified as pre-certified, and must successfully pass this training in order to be considered as a certified peace officer in Orlando after a probationary period.

Career Options for Orlando Police Officers

Once an officer makes it through the probationary period without incident and becomes certified, they can apply for a specialized position that includes the following:

  • School Liaison Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Drug Investigator
  • Vice Investigator
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • SWAT
  • K-9 Unit
  • Emergency Response
  • Neighborhood Teams
  • Recruiting
  • Training
  • Bike Patrol
  • Mounted Patrol

Options for Out of State Certified Applicants

Out of state certified peace officers may be accepted by the OPD if they meet certain conditions, for more information on the Florida Equivalency of Training please call Brevard Police Testing Certification Program at (321) 433-5640.

For more information on how to become a police officer in Orlando please visit the city of Orlando website here, or call (407) 246-2459 for more details.

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

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