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Florida Highway Patrol Officer Requirements

How to Become a Florida Highway Patrol Officer

In order to become a Florida State Trooper, one must be physically fit and have either a GED or a high school diploma. A successful candidate will also have completed at least 30 credit hours of college coursework. Preference is given to those who have completed 60 credit hours or more. Two years of continuous military service is considered an appropriate substitute. After these minimum requirements are fulfilled, candidates must formally apply to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If the application is accepted, the candidate must graduate from the Florida State Trooper Training Academy before becoming a fully fledged State Trooper.

Florida Highway Patrol Officer Job Description

A Florida State Trooper ensures that all laws and regulations are followed within State boundaries. A State Trooper specializes in ensuring the safety of citizens and visitors on Florida’s highways. A Florida State Trooper will be called upon to prevent and investigate cases of fraud, homicide, drug crime, and traffic offenses. The safety and security of motor vehicles and passengers are paramount, and routine patrols are necessary to prevent as well as prosecute criminal activity.

Florida Highway Patrol Training, Prerequisites, and Educational Requirements

Aside from the education requirements listed above, a successful applicant will need to pass an eye exam, a physical ability test, and a written test. The physical ability test requires that the candidate by physically capable of performing the tasks typically expected of a Florida State Trooper. The test consists of alternating between an obstacle, running, and moving a 150-pound training dummy. The test must be completed in six minutes and four seconds (6:04). The Florida Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Tests written test, otherwise known as the FL-CJBAT, tests candidates’ verbal, linguistic, spatial, and memorization abilities.

Florida Highway Patrol Salary and Job Outlook

Applications can be submitted at any time, and the State of Florida is always on the lookout for talented candidates. An Academy recruit will begin earning a monthly salary of $2,514.1 Upon graduation, the salary will rise to $33,977 annually.1 Troopers posted to Broward, Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Collier, or Lee County earn an annual salary of $38,976 per year.1 Other benefits include competitive retirement plans, health and life insurance, and take-home patrol car privileges. Troopers with five years of experience of may qualify to be promoted to supervisory positions.

Contact Information

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Florida Highway Patrol
133 S Semoran Blvd
Orlando, FL 32807
www.flhsmv.gov


References:
1. Florida Highway Patrol: http://beatrooper.com/career-opportunities/state-trooper/