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Frequently Asked Questions

(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions

Must I already be certified?
No

Where Can I take the FBAT?
Miami Dade College (for other locations and listings visit www.mdc.edu/north/f-bat/study-guide.asp )

How long is training in the academy?
Six (6) months

What are the opportunities for promotion within the sworn ranks?

  • Police Chief

  • Deputy Police Chief

  • Assistant Chief

  • Police Major

  • Police Commander

  • Police Lieutenant

  • Police Sergeant

Where and how may I request an application to become a City of Miami Police Officer?    
www.miamigov.com/employment.

The following documentation must be presented with your application for Police Officer:

  • Scores for the Florida Basic Ability Test (FBAT) in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Basic Ability Test (CJBAT) in Law Enforcement, or the FDLE Police Examination

  • Valid Driver's License (from any State equivalent to a State of Florida Class E Driver's License)

  • High School Diploma or GED (accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education)

  • Proof of United States of America citizenship (birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or valid United States passport)

  • Military Discharge Documentation (Form DD 214)

  • Correspondence from the Veteran's Administration or Department of Defense (not more than 1 year old) indicating the percentage of disability -- if Disabled Veteran Employment Preference is being claimed.

What is the application process to become a City of Miami Police Officer? 
The initial step in becoming a City of Miami Police Officer is passing the FBAT in Law Enforcement and completing the application form with the required documents.  Applicants that successfully complete the Civil Service Examination will participate in the following hiring process phases:
  1. Orientation

  2. Polygraph Examination – All applicants are required to take a polygraph examination. The polygraph examination is administered at no charge to the applicant.

  3. Physical Agility Test

  4. Psychological Evaluation (Police Officer and Communications Operator applicants only) All applicants are required to take a psychological examination. The psychological examination is administered by the Department's psychological consultant at no charge to the applicant.

  5. Background Investigation – The applicant processing staff will conduct a thorough background investigation on all applicants.

  6. Personal Interview – Applicants may be required to demonstrate their ability to effectively communicate in a structured interview process, which requires the applicant to respond to common police scenarios.

  7. Conditional Offer of Employment

  8. Toxicology Examination (Drug Test) – All applicants must submit to a toxicology examination administered by a company selected by the City of Miami.

  9. Complete Medical Examination – All applicants must submit to a medical physical examination by our physician. There is no charge for this physical examination.

Are there any education requirements to be appointed as a City of Miami Police Officer?
Yes. Applicants must possess a High School diploma or equivalent from a school that is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Does the City of Miami Police Department accept lateral transfers from other police departments?
The City of Miami Police Department welcomes State of Florida certified officers. Interested applicants must apply during open recruitment periods for “Certified Police Officer”. Applicants with prior law enforcement experience may qualify for advanced appointment rates in accordance with the FOP labor agreement.

Are there any citizenship requirements to be a City of Miami Police Officer?
All applicants for the City of Miami Police Department must be a United States citizen.

Do I need a Florida Driver's License to be a City of Miami Police Officer?  
Yes, an operator's license equivalent to a State of Florida Class E is required. A Florida Driver's License is not required to apply for the position of Police Officer. A driver's license from any state can be submitted with the application form. However, by the date of hire you must possess a valid, unrestricted State of Florida Driver's License (Class E).

If I have a criminal record, am I eligible to be a City of Miami Police Officer?  
An applicant's criminal record will be reviewed, and a decision will be based on a case by case basis.

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