Florida Certified Applicants
- Florida Certified applicants are eligible for an $8000 Incentive Payment. Once hired, the officer will receive $4000 upon completion of the Field Training Program. The remaining $4000 will be paid after 4 years of continuous service (as a police officer) upon completion of the Field Training Program.
- Florida Certified applicants can receive up to 6 years credit for every full year of sworn law enforcement experience. The lateral pay will begin once the officer completes the Field Training Program.
Orientation Academy: 3-4 weeks (1st year Officer salary)
During the Orientation Academy Florida Certified Officers will attend a city orientation, complete a fitness assessment, and attend classroom/practical Fire Arms training.
Post Academy: 5-6 weeks (1st year Officer salary)
During the Post Academy Florida Certified Officers will receive department related training on various topics to include the following:
- Report Writing
- Dispatching Calls
- Records Management Systems
- Scenario Training
- Physical Fitness
- Defensive Tactics
- Body Cameras
- Geographic Orientation
- Radio Procedures
*Officers will receive lateral pay (if eligible) upon completion of the Field Training Program.
Field Training Program
The Field Training Program (FTP) is a 4 month program where you will take the classroom skills and knowledge taught in the academy and apply it to the real world while under the supervision of a Field Training Officer (FTO). The program is composed up of 4 phases:
- Phase 1:
4 weeks observing your Field Training Officer and the expectation of performing at 25%.
- Phase 2:
4 weeks with the expectation of performing at 50%.
- Phase 3:
4 weeks with the expectation of performing at 75%.
- Phase 4:
2 weeks with the expectations of performing at 100%. Followed by 2 weeks of observation by your FTO with the expectation of performing at 100%.
You will be assigned various Field Training Officers throughout the different phases. The program will include performance evaluations, standardized task training and evaluations that scores every area of performance during the course of each day.