Police Officer Requirements - Florida

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There are four primary steps to becoming a certified officer in Florida:  

1.  Meet the minimum qualifications.
2.  Complete the required training.
3.  
Pass the State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE).
4.  Become employed as a sworn officer. 

1.  Meet the Minimum Qualifications established in Florida Statutes 943.13

 

Individuals must:

 

  

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 2. Complete the Required Training pursuant to 11B-35, F.A.C.

 

If you are a -

You must complete the following -

New Officer or
Discipline Cross Over

1. Complete the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) - 
An individual must pass a Commission-approved BAT prior to entering a basic recruit training program. The BAT is available at most training schools and results are valid for four years.

2. Complete Basic Recruit or Cross Over Training – An individual must successfully complete the Florida Basic Recruit Training Program or Cross Over Training Program for the respective discipline. Training must be completed at a Commission-Certified Training School.

Former Florida Officer - Less than 4 yrs. Break in Service

An officer's certification is valid for 4 years from last employment date.

Former Florida Officer - More than 4 Yrs., but less than 8 yrs. Break in Service

1. Complete an Equivalency of Training  AND
2. Demonstrates Proficiency in High Liabilities

Former Florida Officer - More than 8 Yrs. Break in Service

1. Complete the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) – 
Prior to entering a Basic Recruit Training Program, an individual must pass a Commission-approved BAT. The BAT is available at most training academies and is valid for four years. 
2. Complete Basic Recruit or Cross Over Training – 
An individual must successfully complete the Florida Basic Recruit Training Program or Cross Over Training Program for the respective discipline. Training must be completed at a  
Commission-certified training school.  

Out of State, Federal, or Military Officers - Active officers or less than 8 yrs. break in service

1. Complete an Equivalency of Training  AND
2. Demonstrate Proficiency in High Liabilities

   

 

3. Pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE) pursuant 11B-30, F.A.C.

 

Upon successful completion of the required training, an individual has three attempts to achieve a passing score on the SOCE.

 

 

4. Become Employed as a sworn officer pursuant to Florida Statutes 943.1395

 

 

 

Certification Process - Obtaining a "Certificate of Compliance"


1. To be eligible for application of a "Certificate of Compliance", an applicant must: 

2. The individuals' employing agency will apply for the Certificate of Compliance.

3. After confirming all requirements, the officer’s certificate is issued by the FDLE Records section. 

 

 

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