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Special Agent Employment

FDLE Special Agents are sworn officers with statewide authority to investigate and enforce Florida’s criminal laws. Special Agents assist the state’s criminal justice community by providing a variety of services including: identifying and investigating organized and multi-jurisdictional crimes; enhancing domestic security preparedness; collecting and disseminating criminal intelligence information; investigating public corruption; seizing illegally obtained assets; dismantling drug trafficking organizations; assisting in locating missing children; and providing protective services to Florida’s Governor and other dignitaries.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a Special Agent position, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen; at least 19 years of age; of good moral character; possess and maintain throughout employment a valid Florida driver’s license; possess a high school diploma/GED; and not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement.
In addition, applicants must have at least four years of sworn law enforcement experience.

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 ($50,000.08) and increases are granted based upon appropriations as determined by the Florida Legislature.  If you live in Monroe, Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach counties,  $4,999.80 will be added to the salary.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Priorities

FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. FDLE’s duties, responsibilities and procedures are mandated through Chapter 943, FS, and Chapter 11, FAC. To learn more about these areas, read our Statement of Agency Organization and Operation or visit our Open Government page.