Patrol Hiring Process


All applicants must complete the Online Application at Be sure to read the directions closely and complete the application completely and accurately. Any questions about the application should be directed to the Recruiting Officer at or call (352) 273-3307.



Once we receive your application, Police Department Representatives will review application to ensure that the candidate meets the minimum qualifications.



The Oral Panel interview is the first time you will meet with our Police Department Representatives. You will spend about 60 minutes answering a series of questions designed to evaluate your suitability for the position. We will evaluate your ability to communicate, your level of preparation, and decision making.Candidates must pass this evaluation to proceed further in the selection process.



After a successful competition of the Oral Panel, you will be given numerous documents to complete. This will include the Personal History Statement, which is an extensive collection of past residences, acquaintances, and employment information. The Background Questionnaire will cover personal relationships, group affiliations, financial history, employment history, driving history, and illegal conduct. All responses will be verified through the background investigation and polygraph examination.



The background investigation is a very thorough investigation into your past and current conduct, relationships, and employment. An average background investigation can take 4-6 weeks. You will be expected to provide your investigator with needed documentation in a timely and complete manner. Dishonesty or omission of information will be cause for disqualification.



As part of your background investigation, you will be required to submit to a polygraph examination. The examination is another tool used to verify an applicant’s trustfulness through the process.



After clearing a background investigation, you may be invited to an interview with the hiring authority, usually with our Chief. This is a formal job interview, after which a conditional job offer may be extended.



Applicants with a conditional job offer will be sent to a psychological examination with a doctor prior to employment. During this 2-hour meeting, applicants will be tested to determine their emotional stability and psychological fitness for police work.



Applicants with a conditional job offer will be sent to a medical doctor for a medical screening prior to employment.



All applicants must attend a mandatory orientation session through the Training Division at the University of Florida Police Department.


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Once you have completed the previous steps, you can expect a standard orientation, paperwork, online training, and a tour.

The recruit orientation will be completed prior to being sworn in as an officer.

The probationary officer will begin the in- house “Mini-Academy”.

Once you have completed the previous steps and the Academy is scheduled, you will attend and prepare to Protect and Serve throughout your career as a member of the UFPD.

Upon graduation from the Basic Recruit Class, the Recruit must successfully pass the State Examination and become a Florida certified as Police Officer.

Upon successful completion of the state examination, the Recruit must begin the in house “Mini-Academy”.

The Mini-Academy is a (6) six-week long training program that provides recruits with the necessary knowledge and skills to begin the Field Training Program.

Once the recruit successfully passes the Mini Academy, they will begin the (12) twelve-week Field Training Program.

Following the Field Training Program, the probationary officer will be subject to a final evaluation. The final evaluation may include written examination(s) and an oral board. The purpose of this final evaluation is to determine overall knowledge of law enforcement responsibilities including, but not limited to, University Police Department policies and procedures, Florida State Statutes, and application of standardized patrol procedures.

Upon successful completion of the Field Training Program, the officer is assigned to a patrol team.

The recruit will be on probationary status until their one-year probationary period is successfully completed. The probationary period begins on the day the officer is sworn-in as a police officer by the UFPD Chief.


If you have any questions regard the University of Florida Police Department hiring process, please contact the Recruiting Officer at or call (352)273-3307.