Below are the minimum qualifications necessary to be employed as a law enforcement officer in the state of Florida.
- Be at least 19 years of age
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a high school graduate or equivalent
- Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement. 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 or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
- Never have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States
- Have been fingerprinted by the employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI
- Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician
- Have good moral character
- Successfully passed a background investigation, to include drug testing
- Successfully completed the Florida Basic Recruit training program for the respective discipline, or equivalent
- Achieve a passing score on the state Officer Certification Examination