You may be eligible for equivalency training if you are either: (1) a current or recently retired certified law enforcement officer from another state, (2) a federal agent, or (3) a military police officer. Florida equivalency of training (EOT) is a 1-2 week proficiency training course. Details about qualifications and where assessment centers are located, can be found using the links below.
Once you are enrolled, you may apply online to be a Deputy (Currently certified) with the Orange County Sheriff's Office. (Court and Patrol positions are open).
Signing Bonus: Out of State Law Enforcement Officers with 2 years full time law enforcement experience may receive a $2,500 signing bonus.
1. The EOT option may or may not be your best choice. All newly hired deputies for Patrol must complete the same high intensity twenty (20) week field training and evaluation program (FTEP). Area academies prepare applicants well for this challenge and very few new hires have training issues. Success for applicants who have participated in EOT varies greatly depending on how recent your law enforcement training was and the relevance of your work experience. It is in our mutual best interest to discuss your unique situation prior to application.
2. Another choice for out-of-state officers is our Court Service Deputy position. Court Service Deputies are required to complete a specialized and abbreviated Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP). It is uniquely tailored for court service and will not include the complete road patrol FTEP. Refer to the Law Enforcement page for details about this position.
3. The hiring process is the same for all certified applicants. If selected for processing, we will attempt to consolidate events to minimize your travel. However, we need to emphasize our concern for out-of-area applicants. There is a significant investment with no guarantee of employment. The screening process takes 6-8 months and requires a minimum of four on-site testing & interview events.
Equivalency of Training information:
Florida Dept of Law Enforcement General Information