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Become a Sunrise Police Officer and Make a Difference!

A police officer's fundamental duty is to protect and serve the community. Sunrise Police Officers perform their duties with respect, integrity, courage, and justice, and have maintained this proud tradition since 1961. We strive to continue this legacy of excellence in our hiring efforts and select only those individuals with the highest standards and qualifications.

The Sunrise Police Department offers exceptional training, numerous opportunities for professional development, and an excellent salary and benefits package. You must meet certain requirements and complete testing for job employment. As a Sunrise Police Officer, you protect the community, while securing your future.

I am proud to serve as the Chief of Police for the City of Sunrise and honored to work with such a strong, diverse group of men and women. I believe that the Sunrise Police Department is the best and most professional organization in the country. If you want a challenging and rewarding career, I invite you to apply for a Sunrise Police Officer position.

Anthony W. Rosa 
Chief of Police

Sunrise! Second to None
The City of Sunrise has the South Florida charm and lots to offer the people who visit, work and live in the City. The cultural diversity in the South Florida area ensures an abundance of leisure options including professional and recreational sports, and many performing visual arts. The City of Sunrise is the home of the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers, and other professional sports franchises are in the local area as well. The City of Sunrise and the South Florida area have something for everyone.

Take Pride
A career in law enforcement is like no other job. You can see the results of your efforts. You are part of the community, solving problems, meeting people, changing the world we live in for the better.

If you possess integrity, strong communication skills, a firm reassuring manner, and sound judgment under pressure, you can make a difference as a Police Officer. Most of all, you must be committed to public service, professionalism, and a peaceful community. By helping to make the City of Sunrise a better place to live, you'll earn the respect of the citizens you serve.

Participate In...
Upon completion of your field training program, probationary period, and the length of time required in patrol you can apply for one of these or other specialized positions in the Department:

  • Criminal Investigations
  • Vice, Intelligence, and Narcotics
  • K-9
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Community Relations
  • Honor Guard
  • Training
  • Special Weapons and Tactics
  • Recruiting
  • Crisis Negotiation Unit
  • Mobile Field Force
  • Bicycle Patrol Unit
  • School Resource Officer
  • Administrative Officer

A Sunrise Police Career
Your career as a Sunrise Police Officer begins with extensive training at the Criminal Justice Institute located on the campus of Broward College. During the 22-week Police Academy, you will learn subjects ranging from criminal law, report writing, principles of investigations, defensive tactics, police vehicle operations and firearms training.

Following successful completion of the Police Academy, you will put what you have learned to the test during a 16 week In-Service Training period. You will apply what you have learned in the academy alongside a Field Training Officer who will provide on-the-job training, guidance, and evaluations.

As your career develops, promotional opportunities to the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and beyond become available. In addition, you may qualify to perform in specialized areas such as tactical operations, training, criminal investigations, or community policing.

Pay & Benefits

Police Officer Trainee: $29.3716 an hour / $61,092.96 a year

Police Officer (Upon graduation from the Police Academy)

  • Starting: $30.9175 an hour / $64,308.32 a year
  • Maximum: $43.6856 an hour / $90,865.98 a year

Below is a summary of retirement benefits, and participation is required when employed as a police officer.  However, exact retirement benefits are determined by many factors.  A more in-depth summary is available at the Sunrise Police Pension Website.

  • Take-Home Vehicle Program*
  • Annual Leave – 96 hours earned annually*
  • Sick Leave – 96 earned annually*
  • Education Incentive Pay* (Associate’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree)
  • Tuition Refund Program
  • Longevity Service Pay
  • Funeral Leave
  • Military Leave
  • Holiday Pay (12 paid Holidays)
  • Sick Day Bonus Plan (Perfect Attendance)
  • Safety Day Bonus (No Chargeable Vehicle Accident)
  • Supplemental Pay (Accreditation and First Responder)
  • Premium Pay for Specialized Unit Assignments

* Pay & Benefits are subject to change (based on Legislative actions, Collective Bargaining, and/or Policy Changes)

Medical Benefits

  • Group Health Insurance ( City pays 100% for the employee, 66.66% for Dependents)
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program

Retirement Benefit

Retirement benefits are determined by many factors.  A more in depth summary is available at the Sunrise Police Pension Website.

  • Vest in retirement after 10 years of creditable service*
  • Retire with 70% after 25 years of creditable service and 52 years of age*
  • Officers contribute 8.00% of salary towards pension plan*
  • DROP (Deferred Retirement Option – 48 month max. / 4% interest rate compounded annually

Minimum Qualifications

Citizenship: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Age & Education

  • Be at least 19 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate or its equivalent (G.E.D. under Florida Educational Standards)

Criminal History

  • Must not admit to, have been convicted of, or placed on deferred adjudication for any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence
  • Must be of good moral character as determined by the Department and by the State of Florida regulatory guidelines

Military: Must have been honorably discharged from the military and DD214 must accompany your application.

Other Requirements

  • Must be fingerprinted by the Sunrise Police Department
  • Must meet our very restrictive drug testing standard
  • Possess good reading comprehension, writing and communication skills
  • Must pass an extensive pre-employment screening and background investigation

The Hiring Process

Pre-Application Testing:
  • CJBAT (Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test) - test within four years of applying
  • SWIM Test - must be taken at Broward College
  • BMST (Basic Motor Skills Test) - within 6 months of applying.  This must be taken at Broward College.

The following documents are required at the time of application: 

  • Valid State of Florida Drivers License (with an acceptable driving record) - must obtain
    a Florida Driver License within 10 days of hire
  • Social Security Card
  • Official College Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Birth Certificate (original or certified copy)
  • High School Transcript (certified or official) or G.E.D.
  • DD214 - member 4 page, if applicable (copy)
  • Official case disposition documentation on any criminal cases
  • Letters of recommendation / commendation (if available)
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (if not native born)
  • Any of Supportive documents

**Applicants MUST have all applicable documents prior to further review. **

Post-Application Testing:

  • Oral Board Examination
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Medical Examination (Including Drug Screening)
  • Comprehensive Background Investigation

More information pertaining to open positions within the Police Department can be obtained by contacting the City of Sunrise Human Resources Department:

Contact Information
Human Resources Department
10770 West Oakland Park Boulevard, 1st Floor
Sunrise, FL 33351
Phone: (954) 838-4522
Florida Relay: 711 
Florida Relay (TIY/VCO): 1-800-955-8771 
Florida Relay (Voice): 1-800-955-8770

Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The City of Sunrise is an equal opportunity employer.

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