How to Lateral Transfer to a Police Department in Florida

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Police departments in Florida give officers the opportunity for a lateral transfer only if there is an open position in the department requested by the transferring officer and that department is currently accepting lateral transfers. All officer training and certification must be up to date prior to requesting a lateral transfer.

Things You'll Need

  • Transfer paperwork
  • Copy of personnel file
  • Approval from a supervisor or a letter of recommendation

Lateral Transfer to Florida

  • Locate a police department in Florida with a current opening. Once you find a position, contact the department to confirm that it accepts lateral transfers and that the position is still available.

  • Complete the job application process, although this does not guarantee the transfer will be approved.

  • Before submitting the application, get your supervisor's approval. Check to see whether the receiving department in Florida prefers your supervisor's signature on the document or a letter of recommendation.

  • Submit the application and all supporting documentation as a complete package. If the application package must be submitted in parts, contact the receiving Florida department to let them know how each section of the application is being delivered. Clearly label all segments of your application with your name and contact information.

Tips & Warnings

  • Inform your supervising officer of your decision to seek a lateral transfer. The Florida police department you're applying to will contact your supervising officer as a part of the application review.
  • Only apply to lateral transfer opportunities that are applicable to your current rank and position.

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