Orlando Police Recruiting FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the application and hiring process to becoming a police officer.

Are you currently hiring?

Yes. We are always looking for highly qualified applicants.

Where do I apply?
Please visit Hiring Process.

How long is the hiring process?
The hiring process generally takes approximately three to six months.

Can a police certification from another state be transferred to Florida?

Yes, under certain conditions.  To determine if your out-of-state certification can be accepted in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Florida Enforcement website by clicking here.

I am an out of state applicant.  How many trips would I need to make to Orlando during the process?

During the hiring process, you should expect to make up  to four trips to Orlando.  The first trip would be for the civil service test, physical abilities test, and panel interview.  The second trip would be for the polygraph examination.  If selected to proceed, you would return for an interview with the Chief of Police.  Lastly, you would return for post offer examinations.

Can active duty, reserve, or military veterans apply?
Reserve and retired military may apply at any time.  Active duty military should time their application to begin approximately 2 to 3 months before their separation date.

Can military service time be bought into the pension?
No. There are no provisions in the pension to allow military time to be bought into the pension.

Does the police department have a tattoo policy?
Yes. Police officers are prohibited from acquiring any new tattoo(s), scarification(s), or brand(s) that would be visible above the collar bone, below the elbow, or below the middle of the thigh, except cosmetic tattoos (tattoo makeup on the eyes, lips, or eyebrows with a natural appearance).

Police officers hired after 03/06/2008, with any tattoo(s), scarification(s), or brand(s), and who have direct contact with the public, must cover the tattoo(s), scarification(s), or brand(s) with a Department-approved uniform (including, but not limited to, a long-sleeved shirt, jacket, sweater, or pants) or Department-approved business or casual attire during on-duty hours or while representing the Department in any official capacity.

The display of any tattoo, scarification, or brand considered offensive, regardless of its location, while on duty or in any Department facility is not permitted and shall be covered at all times.

Examples of offensive tattoos, scarification, or brands prohibited by this order include but are not limited to:

  1. Depictions of intolerance or discrimination against any race, religion, gender, or national origin
  2. Sexually explicit or vulgar art, words, phrases, or profane language
  3. Symbols likely to incite a strong reaction in the workplace (for example, swastikas or similar symbols)
  4. Initials, acronyms, or numbers that represent criminal or historically oppressive organizations (for example, any street gang names, numbers, and/or symbols)

Is there a study guide for the civil service test?
Please visit ergopracticetests.com for study guide.

Can I apply if I have used drugs?
Your application will be disqualified if you have used or possessed illegal drugs within 3 years prior to your application.  Also, any illegal sale of a controlled substance within 10 years will disqualify your application.

Can I apply if I have been arrested?
Your arrest record will be scrutinized closely.  Your application will be disqualified if you have been convicted of a felony, or convicted of any offense considered domestic violence.  Your application will be disqualified if you have been convicted of certain misdemeanors involving perjury, false statement, or character within 5 years.   You also may not have any currently pending charges.

If you have any questions, or need further assistance, please call the Recruiting Unit at 407.246.2459. You can also email the Recruiting Unit at recruit@orlando.gov.