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Crossover from Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement Officer

The purpose of this program is to transition Florida state-certified correctional officers into Florida state-certified law enforcement officers. To successfully complete this training program, students must achieve a passing score on each of the written end-of-course examinations and demonstrate proficiency skills in the vehicle operations high liability course. See Rules 11B-35.001 and 11B-35.0024, FAC. (IN028.1.)

The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course # OCP Course Name Hours
CJK0001 A Introduction to Law Enforcement 10
CJK0012 A Legal 62
CJK0013 A Interactions in a Diverse Community 40
CJK0014 A Interviewing and Report Writing 56
CJK0064 A Fundamentals of Patrol 35
CJK0065 A Calls for Service 36
CJK0077 A Criminal Investigations 50
CJK0078 A Crime Scene to Courtroom 35
CJK0092 A Critical Incidents 44
CJK0087 A Traffic Stops 30
CJK0084 A DUI Traffic Stops 24
CJK0086 A Traffic Crash Investigations 32
CJK0393 A Cross-Over Program Updates 8
CJK0020 A CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations 48
CJK0422 A Dart-Firing Stun Gun 8
    Total Program Hours 518
    Written Exam & Review 23
    Total Hours 541

For more information, please visit the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy's website.

Overview

518 hours plus 23 hours Written Exam & 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.

Details

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 and 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 a certified correctional officer or have completed the correctional officer’s basic recruit training program to include passing the Correctional Officer Basic Recruit Training Program (BRTP) state exam, 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 Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) for Law Enforcement, and complete an Affidavit of Applicant (form CJSTC-68). For complete admission requirements, please visit the Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy's web site or call (239) 334-3897.

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