Requirements

The Florida Highway Patrol is a leader in professional law enforcement career opportunities. We are a Nationally Accredited Agency offering excellent benefits and a competitive salary. We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Requirements

  • Age: 19 years of age or older.
  • Citizenship: You must be a United States Citizen. Naturalized Citizens are welcome to apply. All Naturalization documentation must accompany application.
  • Vision: Applicants must have minimum correctable vision of 20/30, with normal color distinguishing capabilities and 140-degree field of vision. Any visual disability, which prevents the performance of essential functions of an applicant, for which no reasonable accommodation is possible, shall disqualify the applicant.
  • Weight Proportional to Height: People of all heights are encouraged to apply. We do not have minimum or maximum height limits.
  • Education: High school diploma or a general equivalency diploma is required.
  • Driver’s License: Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Relocation: Applicants must be willing to serve anywhere in the state of Florida.
  • One of the Following:
    • One year sworn or non-sworn law enforcement experience.
    • Two years of active and continuous U.S. military service.
    • Two years of public contact experience.
    • Thirty semester-hours or 45 quarter-hours at an accredited college or university.

Preference

Employment preference is given to qualified applicants who have completed 60 semester-hours or 90 quarter-hours of college course work at an accredited college or university. Employment preference is given to qualified applicants who have two years of continuous U.S. Military service with an honorable discharge.

Employment preference is given to Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officers with one year of sworn law enforcement experience.

Veterans’ Preference is given to veterans and spouses of veterans as outlined in Florida Statutes.

Benefits

  • Paid Training: New Troopers receive 28-29 weeks of Law Enforcement Training at the Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy in Tallahassee, Florida. Recruits are compensated $2,514.88 per month. Meals, lodging, training materials and physical fitness training are provided. Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officers receive eight – nine weeks of Transitional Law Enforcement Training. Meals, lodging, equipment, physical fitness training, and study materials are also provided. All new hires will purchase training uniforms upon arrival at the FHP training academy.
  • Competitive Starting Salaries: $33,977.04 annually
    • Cost Area Differential (CAD)
    • Critical Market Pay (CMP)
    • CAD Counties (Sworn = $416.65 a month)
      • Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe
      • Position must be assigned to one of these four counties, home address is not a factor, does not require additional par, automatic in people first
    • CMP (Sworn = $416.65 a month)
      • Lee and Collier
      • *Must live & work within Lee or Collier counties, usually does require an additional par once member has Lee/Collier home address, it’s not always the same effective date as action on trans/promo, etc., effective date is based on proof of residence in people first & action date
    • CMP (Monroe only $250.00 a month)
      • Monroe
      • Monroe is the only county that can receive both CAD & CMP, if living and working in Monroe county (Monroe county address), may or may not require additional par, see above
    • Effective 7/1/15, additional CMP Counties ($416.65 a month)
      • Hillsborough, Orange, Pinellas, Marion, Duval, Escambia
    • Per Rick Creamer 8/25/15, members living & working in bordering counties are eligible:
      • Hillsborough/Pinellas and ŸLee/Collier
      • (Any CMP county that borders another CMP County is interchangeable)
  • Equipment: The Florida Highway Patrol provides all of the equipment required, including weapons.
  • Uniforms and Dry-cleaning Allowance: All uniforms are supplied. Each Trooper receives a uniform allowance of $1,300 annually.
  • Retirement Benefits: Troopers become vested in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) after eight years of service. FRS is a contributory system, which means you pay toward your retirement. Florida also offers several deferred compensation retirement investment plans. We also participate in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP).
  • Educational Incentives: Troopers are eligible to receive $1,560 annually for the completion of career development courses and/or an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. We also offer a tuition free education plan and an educational leave with pay program for qualified employees. Troopers are encouraged to attend career development courses.
  • Leave Time: New Troopers receive 8:40 hours per month of sick leave and annual leave. We grant 17 days per year for military leave. The State recognizes nine paid holidays and one personal holiday per year. Employees may request six months of maternity leave.
  • Insurance: We offer extensive insurance coverage for Health, Life, and Vision and Dentistry. Accident and Cancer insurances are also available.
  • Credit Union: Florida Highway Patrol Troopers have access to the First Florida Credit Union.
  • Advancement: The Florida Highway Patrol offers a variety of training opportunities, promotional advancement, and specialized assignments.