FHP hosting job fair in Orlando on Saturday
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FHP hosting job fair in Orlando on Saturday


IT WILL INSTEAD BEGIN THE DAY AFTER THIS YEAR’S RACE. STATE TROOPERS WANT YOU. NOT FOR SPEEDING. BUT IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN LAW ENFORCEMENT THEY’RE HOLDING A JOB FAIR TOMORROW IN ORLANDO. IF YOU MAKE THE CUT, A NEW CAREER COULD BE IN YOUR FUTURE. WESH 2’S DAVE MCDANIEL LOOKS AT HOW THE AGENCY IS REACHING OUT AND WHY. THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS CONSTANT COMPETITION FOR CUSTOMERS, PRODUCTS AND TALENT. IT’S NO DIFFERENT FOR PEOPLE WEARING A BADGE. AND THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL NEEDS MORE TROOPERS. MAKE YOUR DREAM A REALITY! THE STATE PATROL HAS CALM OF RECRUITMENT VIDEOS ONLINE BUT THEY PLAN TO TRY SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT. A JOB FAIR AT ITS ORLANDO HEADQUARTERS. WE IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS ARE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF OUR UPPER MANAGEMENT RETIRE WHICH MAKES FOR MOVEMENT UPWARD WHICH MAKES FOR VACANCIES AT THE TROOPER LEVEL. THE LOCAL FHP OFFICE IS ADDING 21 TROOPERS NEXT MONTH AND STILL HAS 15 OPENINGS. WHY NOT SEE IF PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE READY TO PATROL THE AREA HIGHWAYS? THE CHALLENGE WE FACE ARE FINDING QUALIFIED APPLICANTS. THIS JOB IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. FHP SAYS IT PRE-SCREENS APPLICANTS WITH STRENUOUS BACKGROUND CHECKS INCLUDING A POLYGRAPH. IN FIVE YEARS STATE-WIDE, MORE THAN 51,000 APPLICANTS. BUT ONLY 784 MADE IT TO THE ACADEMY AND 130 OF THOSE DIDN’T GRADUATE YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO BE TRUSTED. THE SEMINOLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS ITS ADDING 15 DEPUTIES AT THE END OF THIS MONTH AND IT HAS SIX OPENINGS AT THE JAIL. THE ORLANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR APPLICANTS ON ITS WEBSITE BUT OUR REQUEST FOR THE NUMBER OF OPENING THERE’S WASN’T ANSWERED. WHILE MOST LAW ENFORCEMENT WANNABES HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR EDUCATION THE STATE PATROL IS UNIQUE. WE’LL PUT YOU THROUGH OUR ACADEMY TO BE CERTIFIED AS A POLICE OFFICER AND PAY TO YOU DO IT. STARTING SALARY FOR A TROOPER IS JUST UNDER $34,000. THE SERGEANT POINTS OUT IF YOU BECOME A STATE TROOPER YOU CAN TRANSFER ANYWHERE IN THE STATE AND NEVER CHANGE JOBS.

6 Comments

  • DANTE BELGIAN MALINOIS

    lol how do they expect anyone to work as a Trooper when u make more money working at Home Depot smh….. Florida Troopers are the worst paid Troopers in the country! shame is what it is smh

  • Jon Mitchell

    No one would want to work for such a low paying agency. I was at one point applying for FHP but their pay sucks in a big way. How do you expect to make a living off 33k a year? Its not possible. You can barely even afford a decent 1 person apartment on top of your other usual expenses with this kind of pay. They need a BIG reform in their department.

  • Joe D

    FHP stands for Forget Higher Pay. It's pathetic that in such a wealthy state, they may less than Mississippi troopers do and they are in one of the poorest states. Do yourselves a favor if you want to be a law enforcement officer, go to S. Florida where they'll start you at around $20K more than a trooper!

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