POLICE OFFICER (NON-CERTIFIED)
City of Fort Lauderdale, FL - Fort Lauderdale, FL

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This is a highly responsible position within the City of Fort Lauderdale that involves networking with the community and the protection of life and property. This is accomplished through patrol work, criminal investigation, community policing and enforcement of the laws of the State of Florida and the Ordinances of the City of Fort Lauderdale. Assignments may typically involve routine motor patrol, motorcycle traffic enforcement, boats, bicycle or foot patrol. Officers receive assignments and instructions from police officers of a higher rank and perform work in accordance with Department policies and standard operating procedures.

NOTE : The duties of this position will include all of those duties set forth in the official job description.

THE REQUIREMENTS:
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICER (NON-CERTIFIED)
1. Be a United States citizen at time of application.
2. Be at least 19 years of age upon appointment.
3. Possess, or be eligible to obtain, a valid Florida driver’s license and have an acceptable
driving record.
4. Be of good moral character and have never been convicted of the following:
  • Felony offense
  • Misdemeanor offense involving perjury, false statement or domestic violence
NOTE : Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is
found guilty of a felony, or of a misdemeanor involving perjury, false statement, or
domestic violence, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, in
spite of suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
5. Have received an honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United
States.
6. Have graduated from a standard high school or possess an equivalent education.
  • Possession of a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or graduation from the United
States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) is acceptable only when accompanied by an
official school transcript with final grades.
  • If a degree was acquired in a country other than the United States, evidence of
equivalence from a recognized agency must be provided. An out-of-state GED or USAFI
must be acceptable by the State of Florida Police Standards Council.
7. Have successfully completed the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), version 9/10 -
Level A, with a passing score of 12.9 in each individual category.
8. Have passed the basic skills tests required by the State of Florida to be employed as a
law enforcement officer – Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) with a passing
score of 79, Basic Motor Skills Test (BMST) & Swim Test.

An eligible veteran who enters an open-competitive examination shall receive preference points added to the total passing score earned in the examination process as provided for in the Florida Statutes. To obtain veteran’s preference, candidates MUST attach a copy of their separation papers and the City of Fort Lauderdale’s veteran’s preference claim form ( form J204 ) to their on-line application.
Effective July 1, 2012 : The City will require newly hired employees to accept payment by direct deposit. Payment by direct deposit will be a condition of employment and all new hires will be asked to designate where they would like their payroll checks to be directly deposited.

IMPORTANT MEMORANDUM FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

DATE: May 1, 2013

TO: Police Officer Applicants

FROM: Chief of Police Frank Adderley

SUBJECT: Qualifications for Employment as Police Officer The following information is provided to you in anticipation of your application for the position of Police Officer with the City of Fort Lauderdale. It is essential that you review this information carefully before submitting an application. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department has constantly maintained the highest standards in the selection of personnel who will represent the City of Fort Lauderdale. All applicants for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department should be aware of these standards and the several phases of the selection process before attempting to qualify for the position.

In addition to the other requirements, each applicant will be required to submit to both a polygraph examination and a psychological evaluation prior to employment with the City of Fort Lauderdale. An in-depth psychological evaluation will be administered to test the applicant’s ability to perform under stress, as well as his or her general mental and emotional suitability for the position of Police Officer. Candidates must receive an acceptable psychological evaluation, as assessed in the finalized psychological report, to be considered for employment as a Police Officer.

The extensive pre-employment polygraph examination will concern the applicant’s honesty and integrity. Areas of questioning will include, but is not limited to, the following:

1. ANY PAST CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ON THE PART OF THE APPLICANT
2. COMPLETENESS AND TRUTHFULNESS OF ALL STATEMENTS MADE DURING THE
SELECTION PROCESS
3. ANY PAST OR PRESENT USE OF DRUGS
The present standards of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department would disqualify an applicant if any of the following were indicated as a result of the review of the application packet, polygraph examination or background investigation:
1. Use of any illegal drugs within three (3) years of the submission of an application for
employment as a Police Officer will result in a failed background.
2. Any more than occasional past use of marijuana over the applicant’s lifetime will result in
an automatic, permanent disqualification, and not within three (3) years of application.
3. Any past illegal use of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug, as defined by the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Agency, used in an illicit or recreational manner will result in an automatic,
permanent disqualification (Controlled substance includes, but is not limited to, cocaine,
crack cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, amphetamines, barbiturates, designer drugs,
hallucinogens, etc.).
4. Any more than experimental use of steroids not prescribed by a doctor for a medical
condition and not within five (5) years of application will result in an automatic failed
background.
5. Past sale of any illegal drug as defined by Florida State Statutes will result in an
automatic, permanent disqualification.
6. Any use of illegal drugs after having been employed by a police, corrections or law
enforcement agency in a police, corrections or law enforcement capacity will result in an
automatic, permanent disqualification.
7. Abuse of any prescription drug within five (5) years of application will result in an
automatic failed background.

NOTE : These are guidelines and are not limited to the drugs listed in this package. A background investigation will be conducted as part of the testing process to determine if the “moral character” of the candidate is appropriate for employment as a Police Officer. “Moral character” is determined by examination of the life experiences of the candidate including, but not limited to, the above listed factors. Other factors, such as past illegal drug use, history of arrest, incidents of theft, prior work and driving history, will also be considered.

If you determine that these standards would not disqualify you as a candidate, I look forward to your application and wish you the best of luck in the examination process REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR SUBMITTING ON-LINE APPLICATION

Applicants MUST submit documentation providing proof of successful completion of the areas listed below. This documentation must be attached to the on-line application submitted for the position of Police Officer. Applications received without this supporting documentation are considered incomplete and will not be processed. Please note information will not be accepted in person or by fax, mail or telephone .
When attaching documents to your application, please ensure these documents are labeled with a file name that easily identifies the contents. Documents should be saved in a PDF format .
1. TEST OF ADULT BASIC EDUCATION RESULTS (TABE) – The TABE must be taken
before the submission of an on-line application. Applicants may take the TABE at any regional testing center, as long as the exam is the same version administered at Broward College Criminal Justice Testing Center. The acceptable test version is 9/10 - Level A. The study guide for the TABE is available at most public libraries and book stores. Candidates are responsible for all fees and costs associated with completing this test.

Documentation must be submitted with the on-line application verifying a passing score of 12.9 in each individual category for the TABE - Reading, Mathematic Computation, Applied Mathematics, Language and Spelling . The City of Fort Lauderdale will accept passing TABE scores for two (2) years from the date of the most recent examination. Please note you must maintain your log-in account information to obtain TABE results for verification purposes.
2. CRIMINAL JUSTICE BASIC ABILITIES TEST RESULTS (CJBAT) – The CJBAT for law enforcement officers must be taken prior to an application being submitted on-line. This test is administered at various locations throughout the State of Florida, including the Broward College Criminal Justice Testing Center housed in the Institute of Public Safety. For a list of other approved CJBAT testing facilities, please visit our website at flpd.org/index.aspx. Please note that the exam must be the same version administered at the Broward College Criminal Justice Testing Center.
The CJBAT covers topics, such as written comprehension and expression, inductive and deductive reasoning, information ordering, and visualization. A study guide is available in the Reference Section of all branches of the Broward County Library System. There is photocopying equipment at any of these libraries to make copies, as you will not be able to check out the study guide. This guide is also available for purchase at www.publicsafetyrecruitment.com or from Broward College Central Campus bookstore for $19.95 + tax. Candidates are responsible for all fees and costs associated with completing this test.
Candidates must attach documentation verifying a passing score of 79 or above for the CJBAT when submitting an on-line application . The City of Fort Lauderdale will accept passing CJBAT scores for four (4) years from the date of the most recent examination.

3. BASIC MOTOR SKILLS TEST RESULTS (BMST) – The BMST, often referred to as the Physical Agility Test, must be taken before the submission of an on-line application. This test MUST be taken at the Broward College Criminal Justice Testing Center located in the Institute of Public Safety.
The BMST includes, but is not limited to, long jump, vehicle push, ½ mile run, and the obstacle course. You are permitted to fail one portion of the physical agility test (except the trigger pull). However, it would be in your best interest to be proficient in ALL areas of the physical agility test.

For more information regarding the BMST go to www.broward.edu/ips or http://www.broward.edu/academics/programs/ips/Pages/testingcenter.aspx and click on Testing Center. Next click on Testing Center Information Booklet. This booklet contains information for those applicants who wish to practice the actual obstacle course. This booklet can also be obtained from the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Police Department's website at www.flpd.org/ . You are encouraged to read through this booklet carefully and contact the Broward College Criminal Justice Testing Center if you have any questions regarding their testing process. Candidates are responsible for all fees and costs associated with completing this test.
Candidates must attach documentation verifying a passing score for the BMST when submitting an on-line application . The City of Fort Lauderdale will accept passing BMST scores for six (6) months from the date of the most recent examination. BMST scores received independently from the applicant outside of the Broward College Criminal Justice Testing Center cannot be used to substitute for any part of our examination process.

4. SWIM TEST RESULTS – The swim test must also be taken in advance of submitting an on-line application. The only approved location where applicants can take this test is the Broward College Criminal Justice Testing Center located in the Institute of Public Safety.
During the swim test, candidates will be required to swim 50 yards in a shirt & long pants in under two (2) minutes in any recognized stroke (except the back stroke).
Candidates must attach documentation verifying a passing score for the swim test when submitting an on-line application . Results from any other agency other than Broward College Criminal Justice Testing Center will NOT be accepted. The swim test does not expire.
5. BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND/OR NATURALIZATION PAPERS - A birth certificate may be submitted as proof of United States citizenship. If you are a naturalized citizen of the United States of America, you must submit a copy of your naturalization papers as proof of your citizenship or a United States of America passport.
6. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE OF EQUIVALENT EDUCATION - Possession of a GED anywhere other than the State of Florida or graduation from the USAFI is acceptable only if accompanied by an official school transcript with final grades. If a degree was acquired in a country other than the United States, evidence of equivalence from a recognized agency must be provided.
7. DD214 MILITARY RELEASE FORM - MEMBER 4 COPY (if applicable) – When submitting the DD214 form, make sure that it shows type of separation and character of service. Supporting documentation will not be accepted without this information.
8. CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CLAIM FORM (if applicable) ( form J204 ) - This form must be completed and accompany your original on-line application in order to receive Veteran’s preference points on the final register.
9. WORK HISTORY - Your work history must include all positions held since the age of 18 to present. All gaps in work history longer than three (3) months must be explained, even if you may have been attending school full-time .
10. DRIVER’S LICENSE HISTORY – Applicants must submit a copy of a valid State of Florida driver’s license with their on-line application. Information regarding your driving history is also required with the submission of your application, driver history record and the pre-job offer questionnaire.
  • On-line Application - When completing your application, be sure to list in Item #19
ALL traffic citations you have received within the last seven (7) years. You should
include the date, offense, issuing agency and disposition of each ticket. Please list
tickets even if they do not appear on your driving record and/or if you attended traffic
school resulting in no tickets or points against your license.
  • Driving History Record - You must also ATTACH to your application a “Complete”
driver history record from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or
documentation showing that you have formally made this request. Please note if you
have held a driver’s license, or are holding a driver’s license, in more than one state, a
“Complete” driver history record must be provided for each state in which a license
has been held, if offered by the authorizing agency in that state.
  • Pre-Job Offer Questionnaire (PJQ) – The applicant must list on the PJQ ALL
violations (moving and non-moving), tickets, accidents (reported and unreported), and
suspensions, even if this information is not included on the “Complete” driver history
record from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Failure to disclose
this information regarding your driving history will be grounds for removing the
candidate from the testing process .

11. PRE-JOB OFFER QUESTIONNAIRE (PJQ) – This document must be completed by the applicant and submitted with the on-line application. If this document is not ATTACHED to your application, you will not be able to move forward with the application process. It is strongly recommended that you complete the PJQ first before filling out an application on-line so that the PJQ is readily available to download as an attachment with your on-line application. Failure to submit a complete and accurate questionnaire at the time of the on-line application will result in your application being disapproved. There will be NO exceptions .
To access the Pre-Job Offer Questionnarie, please click here ( PJQ form ). The PJQ will be reviewed during the preliminary background review of your application packet and at several stages throughout the selection process, including your oral board interview and background investigation. In answering this questionnaire, absolute honesty is important. Exaggerated, misleading or false statements will eliminate the candidate from the employment process. Please be sure to double-check your responses on the PJQ to ensure that your answers are accurate and complete .
Please note the PJQ will not be accepted in person or by fax or mail.

THE EXAMINATION AND HOW TO APPLY:
THE EXAMINATION PROCESS
The City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department is one of the finest in the country, and as such, employs only those persons who are ultimately the best qualified. Much emphasis is placed upon a candidate’s CHARACTER during the examination process. Indications of your honesty and integrity begin with the submission of your application. All information provided on your application, and all other forms submitted for processing, must be true, accurate, and without omission, as well as in all other stages of the testing process. This is a critical component of the process in determining if the “Moral Character” of a candidate is appropriate for employment as a Police Officer. Verification will be conducted through various sources, including an intensive background investigation and a comprehensive polygraph examination. If you desire to become a City of Fort Lauderdale Police Officer, your character MUST be beyond reproach! More information regarding other stages of the examination process is provided below.
TEST, ORDER OF TESTING, AND WEIGHT IN FINAL REGISTER SCORE
1. Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) – Pass
2. Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) - 40%
3. Basic Motor Skills Test (BMST) - Pass
4. Swim Test - Pass
5. Oral Interview - 60%
6. Preliminary Background Investigation – Qualifying
7. Conditional Job Offer - N/A
8. Polygraph Examination – Qualifying
9. Psychological Examination – Qualifying
10. Comprehensive Background Investigation – Qualifying
11. Medical Examination (including drug screen) - Pass

Applicants must attain a minimum score of 70 in each weighted part of the examination process in order to qualify. Processing of applicants will be conducted in accordance with eligibility list requirements as mandated through civil service rules.

ORAL BOARD INTERVIEW
Once your application has been approved, you will be notified by the City of Fort Lauderdale to schedule your Oral Board Interview. If you do not schedule your interview within the specified time frame, you will be considered withdrawn from the testing process. Please be sure you can commit to your scheduled interview date and time . A No-Show may result in an applicant being disqualified.
A three (3) member panel consisting of two (2) ranking officers from the Police Department and a Human Resources Representative will rate applicants in a formally structured interview. Applicants will be evaluated on characteristics important to the Police Officer position including, but not limited to, Command Presence, Integrity, Initiative/Interest, Communicative Ability, Tolerance for Stress, and Judgment/Decisiveness. Appropriate business attire is required.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
The focus of the background investigation will include, but is not limited to, verification of education and training, previous employment and work history, driving history, arrest and conviction record and past or present use of drugs. Discrepancies found in the background investigation from information provided at any point in the selection process may be grounds for disqualification from the Police Officer selection process. The background investigation will be administered after a conditional offer of employment is given.
POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION
Polygraph exam results are good for six (6) months (and then only upon the written recommendation of the Police Department). The psychological exam cannot be repeated any sooner than one (1) year from the date of the removal from the eligible register (and then only upon recommendation of the psychologist) . The polygraph examination and psychological examination will be administered after a conditional offer of employment is given.
MEDICAL EXAMINATION
Prior to being hired, eligible candidates are required to successfully complete a medical examination by the City of Fort Lauderdale’s licensed physician. Candidates will be required to meet the City’s physical standards as determined by the licensed physician. A drug screen test is part of the medical examination.
VISION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must have at least 20/30 vision in each eye with correction and 20/100 vision in each eye without correction (glasses or contact lens). Successful long-term soft contact lens wearers shall not be subject to the uncorrected criteria. Lens wearers require a letter from an optometrist or ophthalmologist stating that they have been a successful wearer for more than two (2) months.
A candidate who has undergone radial keratotomy or laser surgery may not be examined until six (6) weeks have elapsed from their last surgical procedure and must at that time meet the above stated vision requirements.
Applicants must be free from color blindness and have no permanent abnormality of either eye.

VISION REQUIREMENTS CANNOT BE WAIVED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES .

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR POLICE OFFICER APPLICANTS

DRIVING HISTORY

Applicants with any of the following driving history will not be approved for testing:
1. Accumulation of eight (8) points or more within the past thirty-six (36) months.
2. Suspension of driver’s license within the past thirty-six (36) months.
3. Non-traffic related suspensions, such as insurance related suspension, shall be
reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
4. Four (4) or more moving violations within the past thirty-six (36) months
(regardless of adjudication withheld for points).
5. A conviction (or case pending) for DUI, DWI, or Hit and Run within the last five (5)
years.
6. Accumulation of more than one (1) moving violation in six (6) months prior to
application.
7. Any significant negative driving history determined by management review of all
relevant facts.
The following information is subject to change depending upon any modifications to the collective bargaining agreement for FOP.
SALARY
$54,808.00 annually - upon completion of original probationary period

Experienced Police Officers will be paid as follows:
$59,321.60 annually – upon completion of 1 – 2.9 years of service
$63,939.20 annually – upon completion of 3 – 4.9 years of service
$68,473.60 annually plus fringe benefits – upon completion of 5 or more years of service
WORKWEEK

An average workweek is forty (40) hours with overtime or compensatory time off (at time-and-one-half) for hours in excess of forty (40) hours in a standard workweek. After one (1) year of service with the City upon completion of probation, a Police Officer may request preference for shift assignment once each calendar year. Such assignments are based upon preference and departmental seniority.
EQUIPMENT

All uniforms and equipment are furnished by the department with the exception of the service weapon, shoes, handcuffs, and whistle.

BENEFITS

Retirement
Police Officers are eligible for normal retirement after twenty (20) years of service
computed at three and three-eighths (3 3/8%) percent per year. The retirement
plan is supported by the City and is contributory on the part of the employee, who
is required to contribute eight and one-half (8 ½%) percent of his/her (pre-tax)
gross salary.

Vacation – Sick – Health Benefits
1. Vacation is accrued at a rate of 120.12 hrs. per year
2. Nine (9) paid holidays and three (3) personal holidays per year
3. There is also a sick leave benefit (with options to convert sick leave to vacation or cash).
4. The Union will provide and administer a comprehensive group health and dental plan for all members of the Bargaining Unit.
Tuition Reimbursement
After one (1) year of service with the City, a Police Officer may participate in the Tuition Reimbursement program for partial or full refund of tuition for job-related college course work (based on grades).

ELIGIBILITY TO COMPETE IN PROMOTIONAL EXAMS (POLICE OFFICER TO SERGEANT )
  • Four (4) continuous years as a Fort Lauderdale Police Officer; or
  • Three (3) continuous years with possession of a one (1) year certificate for police
science or closely related course of study and must be approved by the Director of
Human Resources; or
  • Two (2) continuous years with possession of an Associate’s Degree or its
equivalent in hours in designated subject areas (shall not be less than 33 semester
hours); or
  • Two (2) continuous full years with possession of a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in
the law enforcement field or closely related course of study.

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