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Crossover from Law Enforcement Officer to Correctional Officer

The purpose of this program is to transition Florida state-certified law enforcement officers into Florida state-certified correctional officers. To successfully complete this training program, students must achieve a passing score on each of the written end-of-course examinations. 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 Communications 40
CJK0310 A Officer Safety 16
CJK0315 A Facilities & Equipment 8
CJK0320 A Intake & Release 18
CJK0325 A Supervising in a Correctional Facility 40
CJK0330 A Supervising Special Populations 20
CJK0335 A Responding to Incidents and Emergencies 16
CJK0393 A Cross-Over Program Updates 8
    Total Program Hours 198
    Exam & Review Hours 24
    Total Hours 222

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


198 hours plus 24 hours 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 & Parole Officers, and Firefighters.

In addition to training basic recruits, the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy also provides Advanced & 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 law enforcement officer or have completed the law enforcement officer’s basic recruit training program to include passing the Law Enforcement 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 Correctional Officers, and complete an Affidavit of Applicant (form CJSTC-68). Please visit the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy's website for complete admission requirements or call (239) 334-3897.


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