Veteran Employer Background – Law Enforcement – Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles    |  |

Published in the January/February 2013 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) operates the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and issues driver licenses, vehicle tags, and titles. The agency has nearly 4,500 employees and a $401 million budget for 2012. Most of the opportunities at the DHSMV are in the fields of law enforcement (statewide), driver licenses (in Volusia, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties), motor vehicle compliance (statewide) and information technology (in Leon County).

The agency’s biggest human resources needs are in the FHP and the Division of Motorist Services. The FHP focuses its recruiting efforts on sworn officers; it also needs non-sworn employees to work in the dispatch centers. Recruits who are accepted into the FHP Training Academy must complete 28 weeks of training.

The Division of Motorist Services is best known for issuing driver licenses and vehicle titles and registrations, but it also has several other functions. The division licenses vehicle dealers and addresses complaints against dealerships, inspects rebuilt vehicles, oversees driving school curricula, and ensures that mobile home installations meet state standards. It also enforces the state’s automobile insurance laws, as well as ensuring that all drivers are medically capable of driving safely.

The FHP attends job fairs on military bases and at air shows, and in 2011 began to work with Florida’s Department of Military Affairs to recruit members of the Florida National Guard. Hundreds of DHSMV’s employees are veterans or members of the Guard or reserve forces. More than 200 employees hired or promoted in the past two years by DHSMV claimed veteran’s preference on their job applications.

Veterans who come to DSHMV to become state troopers will find commonalities between FHP and the military – including rank structure, chain of command, and an emphasis on safe use of firearms and the importance of properly maintaining issued equipment. In addition, DHSMV’s values are similar to those of the armed forces – service, integrity, courtesy, professionalism, innovation, and excellence.

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers