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|
|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|
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.
- Robert Martin
- (239) 334-3897