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Florida Law Enforcement Academy

If you like to solve problems, work with others and take charge of difficult situations, this may be the dream job you're after. The police are dedicated to supporting the law by detecting and arresting criminal activity and by maintaining order, peace and safety.

They work for city or state governments and are given the authority to use special methods and instruments to protect the members of their community. Police officers spend a lot of their time preventing criminals from succeeding; they often work in dangerous and chaotic conditions. For this reason, police officers must be brave, focused and reliable. To be a good police officer, you have to be a team player who takes orders well and sticks to the plan.

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for initial employment as a certified law enforcement 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 in the DUI Traffic Stops course and in the high liability courses (vehicle operations, first aid, firearms, and defensive tactics) and participate in the Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (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
CJK001 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
CJK0088 A Traffic Crash Investigations 32
CJK0020 A CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations 48
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
CJK0422 A Dart-Firing Stun Guns 8
CJK0096 A Criminal Justice Officer Physical Fitness Training/Law Enforcement 60
    Total Program Hours 770
    Written Exams & Review 20
    Total Hours 790

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


770 hours plus 20 hours Written Exams & 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 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 Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) for Law Enforcement; 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); successfully pass a background investigation to include drug testing. For complete admission requirements, please visit the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy's website or call (239) 334-3897.


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