Minimum Qualifications

To be eligible for employment as a police officer, you must meet the following minimum qualifications at time of application:

  • Be a United States citizen (U.S. born or naturalized).
  • Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) equivalent, which includes United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) tests. Equivalence of non-U.S. education must be approved by the State of Florida’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
  • Be at least 21 years of age at time of hire and at least 19 years of age at time of application.
  • Successfully passed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Basic Ability Test.
  • Possess, or be eligible to obtain within seven (7) calendar days of hire, a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Successfully complete any hiring process assessments.
  • Additional training and/or certification(s) may be required as appropriate to assignment.
  • Completed at least sixty (60) college credit hours toward an advanced two (2) year degree or higher from an accredited private or public institution with at least a documented GPA of 2.0.

Substitutions for College Credit Requirements:  

  • The college credit hours requirement may be waived for currently employed active sworn law enforcement officers with at least two (2) years of sworn law enforcement service with their current agency. 
  • The college credit hours requirement may be waived for U.S. military personnel who have at least two (2) years on active duty and received a discharge under honorable conditions.  This documentation must be attached to this application.
  • The college credit hours requirement may be waived for Boynton Beach Police Explorers participants who have completed two (2) years in the program. Documentation of participation beginning and ending dates must be included in the appropriate field in the Supplemental Questions in this application.
  • The college credit hours requirement may be waived for Boynton Beach Police Public Safety Aides who have completed two (2) years of employment with the City of Boynton Beach and are currently in good standing. 

We prefer applicants who have one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Have at least one year of prior law enforcement or security experience
  • Have at least one year of experience volunteering or working with community organizations
  • Have fluency in a language other than English, such as Spanish, French-Creole, Portuguese, Asian and Indo-European languages and American Sign Language

Hiring Process

Ready to join BBPD? Here is how the hiring process works.

  1. Complete the online application here
  2. Take an entry level exam, followed by a videotaped interview comprised of situational exercises.
  3. Vetting interview

Based on successful completion of these elements, top candidates may be presented with a conditional offer.

You will then be required to do the following:

  1. Controlled Voice Stress Analysis
  2. Psychological Exam
  3. Physical Exam
  4. Drug Screen
  5. Background Investigation

Based on successful completion of these elements, you may be offered employment.

Click here to download a guide to the hiring process.

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Salary & Benefits

Starting Salary: $62,451

City of Boynton Beach Police Department Employment Benefits:

  • Top out salary $108,969 (after 10 years)
  • Take Home Car (Upon release from FTO, 60 mile radius from BBPD HQ)
  • Holiday Pay ($5,250 in additional salary, increases each year)
  • City Pension (25 years, 3% multiplier)
  • 8 year DROP
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Health Savings Account Contributions
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Personal Time Off
  • Ability to earn comp time
  • Wellness Program
  • Tuition assistance
  • Pension buy back (up to 5 years)
  • $5,000 Incentive for Certified Police Officers