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The City of Hollywood is in the process of recruiting new police officers.

Those who can pass a stringent background check, complete the police academy and want to help the people of Hollywood will be able to pursue a good career opportunity. The starting salary for a City of Hollywood police officer is $51,000 and an officer with 20 years of service can earn $78,000. “By far one of the best benefits of being a Hollywood police officer is working with high motivated individuals,” said Derik Alexander, public information officer. “Being a police officer means you are part of a brotherhood of police officers that is not paralleled by any other profession. You meet different people on a daily basis and can impact their lives in a positive way by solving their problems.”

Applicants must complete an application through the City of Hollywood Police Department website. The candidate must provide a personal history. Then one must undergo an oral interview and a background investigation. One must go through a voice analysis test, psychiatric testing and a medical examination. The candidate must have a good driving record, no recent DUIs and no recent use of illegal substance. And a candidate cannot have a record of domestic violence. Also, prior to submitting an application, one must complete a prerequisite test at the Broward College Institute of Public Safety. This includes a written examination, agility test and a swimming test. If a candidate is not certified and new to police work, the individual must complete a five and a half month police academy program. Candidates are trained on patrol functions, defensive tactics, firearms, and other areas of police work. They also participate in physical fitness training. Upon graduating from the police academy, one must take a state certification test to become a Florida police officer. After completing the police academy and passing the state certification test, one must go through a 12 to 16 week field training program. During this training program, the new Hollywood police officer becomes familiar with how the Hollywood Police Department works, according to Alexander.

"Being a police officer is a job I might want to pursue. I like the idea of helping people and it is a good job," said Andrew Collingwood.

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