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BROWARD SHERIFF'S OFFICE

HIRING PROCESS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT & DETENTION DEPUTY SHERIFFS

Job Hotline: 888-BSO-STAR

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ's)

FAQ's

What are the minimum requirements to apply for the positions?

Law Enforcement Sheriff

1. Be at least 19 years of age. 2. Be a U.S. Citizen. 3. Have no felony convictions; or misdemeanor convictions for perjury or false statement. 4. Have a high school diploma or equivalent. 5. Have a valid driver license. Register for the Basic Motor Skills Test (BMST), Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) and Swim Test. Applicants must register in person at Broward Community College/Institute of Public Safety, 3501 Davie Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314. Tel: (954) 201-6790 or (954) 201-6931. Applicants may register Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays between 8:15 am and 3:00 pm. There is a $50 fee that covers the cost of all tests. The BMST consists of a trigger pull, standing broad jump, vehicle push, half-mile run (must be completed within 5 minutes), and an obstacle course (must be completed within 2 minutes). Applicants must obtain at least a 79% on the CJBAT. Participants must swim 50 yards fully clothed (long pants and a t-shirt). You may use any stroke, except the backstroke. A review book for the CJBAT can be purchased at the Broward Community College bookstore. Practice for the BMST is held each Thursday at 4:00 pm at the Broward Community College/Institute of Public Safety. Applicants must be registered to participate in practices. Applicants must submit a driving history for every state where he or she has held a driver license within the past 7 years. For those states offering a 3-year or 10-year history, the greater period is required. If an applicant is already certified in Law Enforcement, proof of certification must be provided. Additionally, applicants must provide court dispositions and police reports for any criminal offenses. a. North Satellite Courthouse: 1600 Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442. b. West Satellite Courthouse: 100 North Pine Island Rd., Plantation, FL 33324. c. South Satellite Courthouse: 3550 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33021. d. Broward County Courthouse: 201 S.E. 6th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The driving histories are provided between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. The cost is $4.10. Applicants must request the driving history in person. It varies from state-to-state. However, a good place to start is the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or a courthouse in that state. Applications may be obtained at the Broward Sheriff's Office, Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex, 2601 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Applications are available Monday thru Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Applications are also available at district offices throughout Broward County.

Detention Deputy Sheriff

1. Be at least 19 years of age. 2. Be a U.S. Citizen. 3. Have no felony convictions; or misdemeanor convictions for perjury or false statement. 4. Have a high school diploma or equivalent. 5. Have a valid driver license. Pick up an application packet at the Broward Sheriff's Office, Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex located at 2601 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Candidates will be required to take a Physical Agility Test (PAT) and the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT). The telephone number for the Recruitment Division is (954) 321-4435. Applicants are not required to pre-register for the PAT. The CJBAT will be scheduled upon successful completion of the PAT. There are no fees for the testing. The PAT consists of a half-mile run (must be completed within 5.5 minutes), and an obstacle course (must be completed within 2 minutes). Applicants must obtain at least a 72% on the CJBAT. Detention applicants are not required to take a swim test. A review book for the CJBAT can be purchased at the Broward Community College bookstore. There are no practice sessions for the PAT, as there is no charge for the test.

What is the first step in applying?

When can I register for testing and how much does it cost? What scores are required on the BMST/PAT and CJBAT?

What does the swim test consist of? How can I prepare for the BMST and CJBAT?

In addition to test scores, what other documents do I need in order to submit the application?

Applicants must submit a driving history for every state where he or she has held a driver license within the past 7 years. For those states offering a 3-year or 10-year history, the greater period is required. If an applicant is already certified in Detention, proof of certification must be provided. Additionally, applicants must provide court dispositions and police reports for any criminal offenses. a. North Satellite Courthouse: 1600 Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442. b. West Satellite Courthouse: 100 North Pine Island Rd., Plantation, FL 33324. c. South Satellite Courthouse: 3550 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33021. d. Broward County Courthouse: 201 S.E. 6th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The driving histories are provided between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. The cost is $4.10. Applicants must request the driving history in person. It varies from state-to-state. However, a good place to start is the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or a courthouse in that state. Applications may be obtained at the Broward Sheriff's Office, Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex, 2601 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Applications are available Monday thru Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Applications are also available at district offices throughout Broward County.

Where can I obtain a Florida driving history?

Where can I obtain a driving history from states other than Florida? Where can I obtain the application?

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Once I have the initial application packet ready, where can I submit it?

Law Enforcement Sheriff

The initial application packet, consisting of test scores, driving history, proof of certification (if applicable), court disposition and police report (if applicable), and the application may be submitted to the Human Resources Bureau, located at the Broward Sheriff's Office, Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex, 2601 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Applicants must ensure that the packet is complete at the time of submission. Incomplete packets will not be processed. There is a multi-stage hiring process: a. Pre-screen Interview e. Background Investigation b. Structured Oral Board f. Medical Examination c. Polygraph g. Drug Screening d. Psychological Screening h. Final Review The process is usually completed within 8-10 weeks. Those offered a position would attend the training academy as Broward Sheriff's Office employees. The training academy is located at Broward Community College/Institute of Public Safety, Bldg. 22, 3501 Davie Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314. The academy is 22 weeks long. Currently, the hours and days of the academy are 8:00 am ­ 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Law Enforcement Cadets are paid every two weeks while attending the academy.

Detention Deputy Sheriff

The initial application, physician statement form, driving history, proof of certification (if applicable), and court disposition and police report (if applicable), must be submitted to the Recruitment Division prior to a candidate taking the PAT. Applicants must ensure that the packet is complete at the time of submission. Incomplete packets will not be processed.

After submitting the initial application packet, what is the next step?

There is a multi-stage hiring process: a. Pre-screen Interview e. Medical Examination b. Polygraph f. Drug Screening c. Psychological Screening g. Final Review d. Background Investigation The process is usually completed within 8-10 weeks. Those offered a position would attend the training academy as Broward Sheriff's Office employees. The training academy is located at Broward Sheriff's Office Institute for Criminal Justice Studies, 2601 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. The academy is 16 weeks long. Currently, the hours and days of the academy are 8:00 am ­ 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Detention Cadets are paid every two weeks while attending the academy. Detention Deputies are eligible to participate in the cross-certification course to become certified in Law Enforcement. Once cross-certified, Detention Deputies may then apply for a position in Law Enforcement.

How long is this hiring process? If I am selected for employment, what is the next step?

How long is the academy? Are cadets paid during the academy? Once I become a certified Detention Deputy, can I move into the area of Law Enforcement? What if I am already certified at the time of application?

Certified personnel are not required to take the CJBAT and the BMST is modified. The modified version of the BMST consists of 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, and 6 obstacles on the course. To apply, certified personnel must submit their results from the modified BMST, swim test results, a driving history from every state in which they have held a license within the past 7 years, proof of certification, court disposition and police report (if applicable), and the actual application. After being offered a position, certified personnel may negotiate their salaries based on previous experience and current earnings. There is no age limit. All candidates who meet the minimum requirements and successfully complete written and physical testing are encouraged to apply. Out-of-area applicants can mail their driving history and the complete application to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Attn: Human Resources, 2601 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Out-of-area applicants may request an application by calling our Job Hotline at 888-BSO-STAR. An analyst will review the documents and contact the applicant regarding coming to the Fort Lauderdale area for condensed testing. During condensed testing, which lasts 3-5 days, applicants will complete necessary phases of the hiring process. Applicants who have prior arrest(s) must include a copy of the court disposition and police report with the initial application packet. Dispositions can usually be obtained through the Clerk of Courts in the area where the incident occurred. The police report can be obtained from the arresting agency. We offer fully paid retirement; 100% tuition reimbursement; paid vacations and holidays; paid sick leave; health, life and dental insurance; 24 hour health/fitness center; paid training; take home car program; disability insurance; and a wellness program.

Certified personnel are not required to take the CJBAT or the PAT. To apply, certified personnel must submit a driving history from every state in which they have held a license within the past 7 years, proof of certification, court disposition and police report (if applicable), and the actual application.

As a certified officer, is my salary negotiable? What is the age limit for Law Enforcement and Detention applicants? What is the procedure for out-of-area applicants?

After being offered a position, certified personnel may negotiate their salaries based on previous experience and current earnings. There is no age limit. All candidates who meet the minimum requirements and successfully complete written and physical testing are encouraged to apply. Out-of-area applicants can mail their driving history and the complete application to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Attn: Human Resources, 2601 West Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Out-of-area applicants may request an application by calling our Job Hotline at 888-BSO-STAR. An analyst will review the documents and contact the applicant regarding coming to the Fort Lauderdale area for condensed testing. During condensed testing, which lasts 3-5 days, applicants will complete necessary phases of the hiring process. Applicants who have prior arrest(s) must include a copy of the court disposition and police report with the initial application packet. Dispositions can usually be obtained through the Clerk of Courts in the area where the incident occurred. The police report can be obtained from the arresting agency. We offer fully paid retirement; 100% tuition reimbursement; paid vacations and holidays; paid sick leave; health, life and dental insurance; 24 hour health/fitness center; paid training; disability insurance; and a wellness program.

What if I have a prior arrest?

What benefits are offered?

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