Police Officer Requirements

What It Takes

  • A United States citizen between the ages of 19 and 65
  • High school diploma or acceptable equivalency diploma
  • Corrected visual acuity of at least 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other
  • Valid Florida driver's license and an acceptable driving record
  • Current and valid Florida Law Enforcement Certification (including completion of the Police Academy as set forth by the Florida Police Standards Council)
  • Complete and pass the Florida Officers Certification Examination
  • No misdemeanor or felony convictions involving moral turpitude

Certificates of Completion

Certificates of completion may be obtained through most Florida community colleges. The nearest class is held at Daytona State College. Contact Daytona State College at (386) 506-3450 for more information.

Out-of-state officers who feel they may be eligible to take the two-week equivalency course should contact the Brevard Testing Center at (321) 433-5642.

Examination Parts

  • Background and fingerprint check
  • Interview with the Employee Review Board (when openings occur)
  • A thorough physical examination (upon acceptance)
  • Physical abilities test
  • Polygraph exam
  • Psychological exam

Military Service

No service time is required, but any veterans under consideration must have received any discharge other than dishonorable or undesirable.