Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary - FAQ

This page contains answers to common questions asked by potential applicants and new recruits.

As a Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary State Trooper you will be part of a professional Law Enforcement Agency that consistently strives to maintain the highest caliber of personnel dedicated to providing service to the public. An Auxiliary Troopers’ responsibilities increases as the member completes advanced training. Presently, we are fully equipped in the same manner as our brother State Troopers. Initially, an Auxiliary Trooper will ride along with a Trooper to provide “second officer” backup. After additional experience and training, an Auxiliary Trooper may be approved for “Limited Scope Patrol” (L.S.P.) training. L.S.P. certified officers can be assigned to patrol solo in a marked patrol unit to provide assistance to motorists and other Troopers.

What are the powers of an Auxiliary Trooper?

Auxiliary Troopers have the authority to bear arms and the power to arrest violators while under the direct supervision of a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper.

How long does it take to complete the training?
The amount of time it takes to complete the process and then be sworn as an Auxiliary State Trooper varies. The Florida Highway Patrol provides certified instructors to conduct training for the Auxiliary program and a minimum number of recruits are needed to set a class. It has taken, on average, 12 to 24 months to complete the 14 step process. However, we have occasionally reduced that amount of time with increased recruiting efforts. Once you have completed your training you will be sworn in as a "Level Two" Auxiliary State Trooper.

Will I be armed?
Yes, all FHP Auxiliary officers are fully sworn and have authority to carry a firearm and other non-lethal defensive tools such as defensive spray (pepper spray). Recruits will be issued this equipment when the FHP is confident that the applicant is fully trained in the safe and proper use of the equipment.