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Protective Operations Special Agent Employment

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FDLE Protective Operations Special Agents assigned to the POS are sworn law enforcement officers who are trained to protect the Governor and First Family. Candidates in this position will have the opportunity to travel within, Florida, nationally and internationally. Protective Operations Special Agents on this detail will work shifts, including holidays, nights and weekends. Work schedules are adjusted on a regular basis and the applicant must be willing to accept this flexible schedule as well as extensive requirements. Applicants must reside within 50 miles of the regional operations centers in Tallahassee, Orlando, Miami, Tampa or Jacksonville.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a Protective Operations Special Agent position, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen; at least 19 years of age; of good moral character; must possess active law enforcement certification in the state of Florida by hire date; and have four years of experience in customer service, administrative work, analysis, military or criminal justice.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Be 19 years of age;
  • Must possess active law enforcement certification in the state of Florida by hire date; and
  • Have four years experience in customer service, administrative work, analysis, military, or criminal justice.
Benefits: In addition to promotional and training opportunities provided by FDLE, the State of Florida offers employees a comprehensive benefits program which includes:
  • Choice of Health and Medical Benefit Plans
  • Supplemental Insurance Plans (Dental, Vision, Cancer, Disability, Life)
  • Contributory Retirement Plans
  • Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)
  • Criminal Justice Incentive Pay
  • Tuition Free Education Plan
  • Equipment/Automobile Provided
  • Clothing Allowance
  • Annual Leave, Sick Leave, and Paid Holidays

This position is classified as Special Risk retirement, which provides eligible members a greater retirement credit accrual rate and requires fewer years of service to reach full retirement benefits than is required for non-Special Risk members.

Salary: Persons selected will be hired at the minimum salary as advertised.

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