Police Officer Hiring Process

SUMMARY OF THE HIRING PROCESS

Step 1. The applicant is required to schedule, complete, and pass the PAT/BMST at Palm Beach State College or Broward College Police Academies.

2. If the applicant passes the PAT/BMST, the applicant is then required to visit the city website at www.bocapolice.com to submit an online application.

Step 3. After it has been determined that the candidate’s application meets the minimum qualifications and department standards; Human Resources will refer the candidate’s application to the Professional Standards Bureau.  At the same time, Human Resources will email the candidate advising them to complete the Police Department’s Background Information Packet and providing candidates a link to access the document.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to thoroughly complete and submit the packet in its entirety, including all applicable documents and waivers by the date indicated in this email.  The time frame is two (2) calendar weeks from the referral date.  The applicant is required to download all of the waivers attached to the background form and complete the forms to include notaries where required and signatures.  Completed packets and all required supporting documentation listed should be mailed or delivered to:

Professional Standards Bureau

6500 Congress Ave Suite 100

Boca Raton, Florida 33487

Step 4. If the applicant is selected to continue in the process the applicant is then scheduled for an Oral Board. 

Step 5. If the applicant is selected to continue in the process the applicant is then scheduled to take the B-Pad test. 

Step 6. If the applicant is selected to continue in the process the applicant is then given a conditional offer of employment and then scheduled for a polygraph exam.

Step 7. If the applicant is selected to continue in the process the applicant will then be scheduled for a psychological exam.

Step 8. If the applicant is selected to continue in the process a complete background investigation is conducted.

Step 9. If the applicant is selected to continue in the process the applicant will be scheduled to meet with Chief of Police.

Step 10. If the applicant is selected to continue in the process the applicant will be scheduled for a medical exam.

Step 11. If the applicant successfully completes all of steps above the applicant will be given a start date.  

Please note: If an applicant is not certified the city will send the applicant to the academy once hired.  If the applicant is an out of state officer, the city will send them to the equivalency of training course once hired.