21 Nov 2012

Hiring Process

Categories: Employment

The City of Fort Myers is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. To view what positions are currently available at the Fort Myers Police Department, as well as the application for employment, please visit our Human Resources Job Opportunities Page at You can now apply online through the Neo-Gov system. Please follow the instructions in order to apply for the position you are interested in.

Please complete the on-line application for employment for any vacancy that you may qualify and are interested in. This application can be found on the City of Fort Myers website at All applications will be screened by the on-line system as well as our Human Resources Department and forwarded for review. The on-line system will automatically send you an email with the status of your application. There is no need to contact the police department or Human Resources for a status.

Veteran Preference: If you are claiming Veteran Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214 with your on-line application at the time of submittal.

Residency: You must reside within the following five counties in order to be an employee with the agency: Lee, Glades, Charlotte, Hendry, or Collier.

The best-qualified candidates are selected from the applications received. All statements made on the application are subject to verification. Exaggerated, false, or misleading statements may be cause for rejection of the application and/or termination of employment.

The police officer selection process is as follows:

  • City of Fort Myers on-line employment application (approved/rejected) can be found at
  • Command staff interview
  • Physical Fitness Assessment (pass/fail)
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Exam (pass/fail) This exam will not be the determining factor for an applicant being disqualified
  • Psychological Exam
  • Final review of file by Command Staff and Chief of Police for employment consideration

Command Staff Interview: Those candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process will be invited to attend a staff interview. At the conclusion of the interview, the candidate will be advised as to his/her status and whether or not they will be continuing in the hiring process.

Physical Fitness Assessment: This assessment will be administered one time only to the candidates. The candidates will be required to report at the time the assessment is scheduled; late arrivals will not be accepted. Those candidates passing the assessment will move forward in the hiring process. Those candidates who do not achieve a passing score in all areas tested will be able to reapply in one year from the date of their original application. The assessment consists of the following measures based on the Cooper Standards:

  • 1.5 mile run which must be completed within 14:46 for all participants
  • 300 meter run within 50% of age/sex group according to the Cooper Standards
  • 30 Situps - within 60 seconds
  • 21 Pushups - within 60 seconds
  • Vertical jump within 50% of the age/sex group according to the Cooper Standards

Background Investigation: The background investigation, in addition to the above tests, will determine the candidates’ suitability for employment. Areas that will be investigated will include, but will not be limited to: criminal history, credit history, drug use/history, driving history, employment history/patterns, military history (if applicable), and FDLE status.

Polygraph Exam: This is a pass/fail exam. This exam will not be the determining factor for an applicant being removed from the hiring process.

Psychological Examination: The psychological exam assesses the candidates’ fitness for a job in Law Enforcement. The entire test is rated in categories as follows: A, B, C, or Unacceptable.

*Unacceptable candidates: If you are deemed as an unacceptable candidate, you will be removed from the hiring process.

Final Review of Applicants File: At the conclusion of all required testing, the candidates’ background investigation is again reviewed by members of the Fort Myers Police Department's Command Staff as well as the Chief of Police and the determination is made whether to hire an individual or place them in the pool of qualified candidates.

Once a final decision is made to move forward with a candidate, the candidates’ file is sent over to Human Resources for final processing. Personnel from Human Resources will extend the final job offer to the candidate and set up a physical exam and other related tests. Please do not call Human Resources unless you are advised to do so.

Successful candidates will be placed into a pool of qualified candidates and shall remain in the pool for a period of one year.

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Contact Fort Myers Police

Office: (239) 321-7700
Emergency: 911

Address: 2210 Widman Way, Fort Myers, FL 33901

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