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Correctional Officer

Experience simulated hostage events, take downs, and inmate unrest. Work alongside certified corrections and law enforcement professionals to keep the community safe. Develop your mind and body using advanced self-defense tactics, rigorous physical training, and effective firearm techniques. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the state certification exam.

Correctional Officers have one of the most difficult professions in the country. Not everyone who applies has what it takes to become a certified Correctional Officer. Correctional Officers are the Law Enforcement Officers who work in the Jails and Prisons... the nations toughest beats. Right out of the academy, a certified and employed Correctional Officer is also a supervisor. Correctional Officers are responsible for everything from overseeing inmate housing units to supervising and motivating inmate work crews.

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for initial employment as a certified correctional officer in the state of Florida. To successfully complete this basic recruit training program, recruits must achieve a passing score on each of the written end-of-course examinations. Recruits must also demonstrate proficiency skills in the high liability courses (first aid, firearms, and defensive tactics) and participate in the CJSTC Physical Fitness Program. See Rules 11B-35.001 and 11B-35.0024, FAC. (IN028.1.)

The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course # OCP Course Name Hours
CJK0300 A Introduction to Corrections 32
CJK0305 A CJSTC Communications 40
CJK0310 A Officer Safety 12
CJK0315 A Facility and Equipment 12
CJK0320 A Intake and Release 18
CJK0325 A Supervising in a Correctional Facility 40
CJK0330 A Supervising Special Populations 20
CJK0335 A Responding to Incidents and Emergencies 16
CJK0340 A Officer Wellness and Physical Abilities 30
CJK0031 A CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers 40
CJK0040 A CMS Criminal Justice Firearms 80
CJK0051 A CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics 80
    Total Program Hours 420
    Practice & Written Exam & Review 20
    Total Hours 440

For more information, visit the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy's web site.


420 hours plus 20 hours Practical & Written Exams and Review

The mission of the Criminal Justice Academy is to train Law Enforcement and Correctional Officers in accordance with the rules, regulations, and curriculum of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission; to teach in a disciplined and dynamic training environment; and to deliver the curriculum through an innovative, experienced, enthusiastic, respected, and well supported instructional staff.


The Southwest Florida Public Service Academy is certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission and the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Commission to train cadets to become Florida State Certified Police Officers, Correctional Officers, Probation & Parole Officers, and Firefighters.

In addition to training basic recruits, the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy also provides advanced and specialized training courses which are designed to provide for the continuing education and training needs of officers and firefighters after their basic certification.


Steps to Enroll

Prospective students must be at least 19 years of age, be a citizen of the United States, be a high school graduate or equivalent, not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States, achieve a passing score on the CJBAT Test for Corrections, have been fingerprinted by the academy or an employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI, have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician, have good moral character, complete an Affidavit of Applicant (form CJSTC-68), and successfully pass a background investigation to include drug testing. Visit the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy's website for complete admission requirements or call (239) 334-3897.



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