Apply to Become an Orlando Police Officer

Are you looking to fulfill your dream of becoming an Orlando Police Officer?

The Orlando Police Department hires the finest and most qualified candidates to help reduce crime and maintain livable city neighborhoods. Our police officers receive a competitive salary, bonuses, paid time off, medical and life insurance, educational reimbursements and generous retirement benefits. Learn more.


Step 1.Check Your Eligibility

Do you have what it takes to become an Orlando Police Officer? Here are the basic requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Must have a high-school diploma or equivalent, although a college degree is preferred.
  • Must have a good work history.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the military.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license for at least a year and a good driving record.
  • Must be in good physical condition and of good moral character.
  • Vision must be correctable to 20/40 in each eye.
  • Must have no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving moral character, false statements or domestic violence.
  • No pending criminal charges.
  • Must pass a written exam, physical assessment test, panel interview, multiple polygraph exams, background investigation, medical screening and a psychological exam.
  • Must live within a 35 mile radius of the intersection of Central Boulevard and Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801 at time of employment.

Step 2.Fill out an application

This application will help determine if you are qualified for the job.

Submit an application 

Step 3.Take your Civil Service and Physical Assessment tests

If your full application is approved, we will contact you to schedule a Civil Service Exam and Physical Assessment Test.

  • The Civil Service Exam is a decision-making evaluation based on scenarios, which includes video, reading and writing elements. You can take practice tests at 
  • The Physical Assessment Test requires candidates to run 1.5 miles in less than 18 minutes and complete as many push-ups and sit-ups as they can in one minute.

Step 4.Attend an interview with the recruiting staff

If you pass the Civil Service Exam and Physical Assessment Test, you will complete paperwork and a panel interview with our staff.

Step 5.Take two polygraphs

If you pass the first polygraph, successful candidates will get a conditional offer. The second polygraph and background check will be completed.

Step 6.Chief's staff review of applicant

Successful candidates will move on to final requirements:

  • Medical examination
  • Psychological assessment
  • Chief's staff review

If you are unsuccessful at this step, you can re-apply after a six-month waiting period. 

If you pass these remaining steps, you will either:

  • Attend the Police Academy as a non-certified, paid recruit
  • Start a police orientation for state certified officers