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FHP Introduces Operation EFFORT

Link to BeATrooper.comTo help fill FHP’s ranks with the most qualified and professional applicants possible, we have implemented Operation EFFORT (Ensuring Florida’s Future with Opportunity and Recruitment of Troopers), a special operation that focuses on intensifying recruitment, selection, and appointment of qualified trooper applicants to allow for a faster and more effective hiring process.

Details on changes to the hiring process are listed below.

Recent budgetary shortfalls in our state have negatively affected the number of authorized FHP trooper positions for our agency. Currently, FHP Background and Recruitment staff are stepping up recruitment and background investigation activities with one goal in mind—to fill all vacant trooper positions with qualified applicants as soon as possible.

Operation EFFORT will reduce the Patrol’s application-to-hiring time frame by at least three months. We are streamlining our processing and background procedures to allow us to offer a qualified applicant employment within six to eight weeks. Reducing the hiring process from six months to two months or less has been a monumental task. However, improvements have been made without compromising the hard earned reputation and standards of the Patrol.

This special operation will be intensive and continuous, serving to remind all of us that the job of securing the future of the Patrol rests on our shoulders. We must put forth the extra effort to recruit, hire, and train those who will enter our ranks and serve the people of Florida. The ability for the Patrol to replace troopers who have retired, resigned, or left the agency is mission critical to us and of vital importance to our citizens. We challenge each of you to join us in support of Operation EFFORT, and do your part by Ensuring Florida’s Future with Opportunity and Recruitment of Troopers!

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Operation EFFORT addresses the major hiring steps up front, as follows:

  1. All applicants will be evaluated through the normal selection vetting process.

  2. Once the applicant has successfully completed the Application review, Basic Abilities Test, Physical Abilities Test, Criminal History, Polygraph, medical screening, and Psychological screening, a background conditional employment offer will be made to him/her.

  3. The applicant will sign a Background Condition of Employment Acknowledgement form confirming his/her knowledge that continued employment is contingent upon the successfulness of the background investigation. If the background investigation is unacceptable, the member will be terminated.

  4. Certified Florida officers with at least one year of sworn service: Upon completion of the Background Condition of Employment Acknowledgement form, if the applicant is a certified Florida officer with at least one year of sworn service, he/she will be placed in the Field Training Officer (FTO) Program in his/her assigned troop. Prior to the certified member beginning the FTO program, he/she will receive training in the FHP high-liability areas (this lesson plan has been developed by the FHP Academy for dissemination to troop FTOs/trainers). When the FHP Academy’s current recruit class schedule reaches the point of FHP specific training, the FTO program (if not completed) will be suspended for the newly hired certified member so that he/she may attend the FHP specific training at the FHP Academy. The FTO program will resume upon the newly hired certified members’ graduation from the FHP Academy.

  5. Certified Florida officers with no or less than one year of sworn service: Upon completion of the Background Condition of Employment Acknowledgement form, if the applicant is not a certified Florida officer with at least one year of sworn service, he/she will be offered employment in his/her local area as an FHP Trainee. If employment is accepted, the trainee will serve in a capacity designated by the troop commander, e.g., duty officer, crash records technician, call taker, etc. Subsequently, the trainee will report to the FHP Academy for the next scheduled FHP specific training course class.

  6. Applicants who are not Florida certified: Upon completion of the Background Condition of Employment Acknowledgement form, if the applicant is not a certified Florida officer, he/she will be offered employment in his/her local area as an FHP Trainee. If employment is accepted, the trainee will serve in a capacity designated by the troop commander, e.g., duty officer, crash records technician, call taker, etc. Subsequently, the trainee will report to the FHP Academy for the next scheduled basic recruit class.

  7. Troop commanders will be tasked with continually identifying troopers in the FHP reserve program and those that have retired who are interested in the short transition process to full-time employment.