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|
|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|
|CJK0078||A||Crime Scene to Courtroom||35|
|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|
For more information, please visit the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy's website.
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.
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.
- Jack Thomson
- (239) 334-3897