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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to complete a Full FTO program if I was already an Officer somewhere else?

A: Experienced officers have the opportunity to complete the FTO program in as little as 8 weeks (dependent on their individual progress)

Q: Do I have to complete the full academy if I have a Law Enforcement Certification from another state?

A: If you were an Officer in the state in which you finished the Police Academy for at least one full year, you may qualify to complete an Equivalency Of Training course in Florida. Visit the FDLE website for information on the Equivalency of Training process.

Q: I’m an Officer in another State. In order to apply with PPD as a Certified Officer does that mean that I have to already be Certified in Florida?

A: No. We accept Law Enforcement certifications from other states. You must provide and submit your State certification along with your previous academy training curriculum.

Q:  Does the City of Plantation Police Department accept lateral transfers from other police departments?

A:  The City of Plantation Police Department welcomes State of Florida certified officers and Out-of-state certified officers who have one year of full-time, independent work experience in patrol (excluding any academy training hours) in order to be considered for the 92-hour Exam Qualification.

Q:  Does PPD offer Relocation Pay?

A: No, we do not

Q:  Do I need a Florida Driver’s License to be a City of Plantation Police Officer?

A:  A Florida Driver’s License is not required at the time of application for the position of Police Officer.  An operator’s license equivalent to a State of Florida Class E is required at the time of application.  However, by the date of hire you must possess a valid, unrestricted State of Florida Driver’s License (Class E).

Q: Can you mail me a paper application?

A: We do not mail or email applications. In order to operate as quickly and efficiently as possible our application is web based and must be completed online

Q: Do you have a minimum education requirement?

A: Yes. Associates Degree, or 60 semester hours (with minimum 2.0 GPA) or 90 quarter hours (with minimum 2.0 GPA) of college course work and/or an honorable discharge from service in the U.S. Armed Forces and/or related law enforcement work experience.

Q: How long is the academy?

  A: Approximately 22 weeks.  We use the Broward College Institute of Public Safety Police Academy.

Q: If I live closer to another academy in Florida other than the Broward College IPS, can I just go to that one so I don’t have to drive too far from my house?

A: No, We only sponsor recruits to attend the Broward College IPS Academy.

Q: Are there any citizenship requirements to be a Plantation Police Officer?

A:  An applicant for the Plantation Police Department must be a United States citizen.

Q: Are there residency requirements?

A: No.

Q: Can I apply if I was discharged from the military with a dishonorable discharge?

A: Your application will be disqualified if you have received a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the Armed Forces.  Any other than honorable discharge from the military will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Q: What is a passing score for the CJBAT, Swim or Basic Motor Skills Test?

A: All 3 of these exams are graded as Pass/Fail.

Q: Can I apply if I have used drugs?

A: The following drug use would disqualify an applicant if any of the below mentioned were indicated in the review of the application packet, polygraph examination or background investigation:

  1. Use of any illegal drugs within three (3) years of the submission of an application for employment as a Police Officer will result in a failed background.
  2. Any more than occasional past use of marijuana over the applicant’s lifetime will result in an automatic, permanent disqualification, and not within three (3) years of application.
  3. Other than Marijuana and Adderall, any past illegal use of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug, as defined by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, used in an illicit or recreational manner will result in an automatic, permanent disqualification (Controlled substance includes, but is not limited to, cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, amphetamines, barbiturates, designer drugs, hallucinogens, etc.).
  4. Any more than experimental use of steroids not prescribed by a doctor for a medical condition and within five (5) years of application will result in an automatic failed background. Past sale of any illegal drug as defined by Florida State Statutes will result in an automatic, permanent disqualification.
  5. Any use of illegal drugs after having been employed by a police, corrections or law enforcement agency in a police, corrections or law enforcement capacity will result in an automatic, permanent disqualification.
  6. Abuse of any prescription drug within five (5) years of application will result in an automatic failed background.

Q: Can I apply if I have been arrested?

A: Yes. However, you Must NOT have been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felony offense. Also, you must NOT have been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to any misdemeanor offense involving perjury, making a false statement or domestic/family violence (including abuse of the elderly or disabled). NOTE: Your entire criminal history record will be reviewed to determine your eligibility

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