Broward College Institute Of Public Safety

3501 Southwest Davie Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

In 1972, Broward College‘s Institute of Public Safety (IPS) was established. Forty years later, the proof of IPS’s achievements as a respected training center is clearly visible in the quality…


Phone: 954-201-4300

Broward County Sheriff’s Office Institute For Criminal Justice Studies

2601 West Broward Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

The Broward Sheriff’s Office ICJS was established as a state regional criminal justice training center in May 2003. Certified by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, the ICJS…


Phone: 954-831-8150

Citrus County Public Safety Training Center

1201 West Main Street, Inverness, FL 34450

Located at the Withlacoochee Technical College in Inverness, Florida, The Citrus County Public Safety Training Center currently offers Florida Law Enforcement Academy Officer, and Correctional Officer as well as, Advanced…


Phone: 352-726-2430 ext. 4352

College of Central Florida Criminal Justice Institute

3001 Southwest College Road, Ocala, FL 34475

The Institute is a part of College of Central Florida and is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement accredited regional training center. The purpose of the Institute is to provide…


Phone: 352-873-5838

Daytona State College School Of Emergency Services

1200 West International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

At the School of Emergency Services, we train our community’s law enforcement, corrections, fire and EMS professionals. From initial training to in-service and specialized training, the School of Emergency Services…


Phone: 386-506-3171

Eastern Florida State College Criminal Justice Center

3865 North Wickham Road , Melbourne, FL 32935

The Law Enforcement Academy at Eastern Florida State College partners with the Brevard Police Testing & Selection Center (BPTC) to select students for Academy classes. The BPTC performs all testing…


Phone: 321-433-5636

Florida Department Of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Executive Institute

P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302

Welcome to the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute (FCJEI). The FCJEI offers a unique educational environment for criminal justice leaders in Florida. Links at the top of this page will…


Phone: 850-410-7349

Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy

2900 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32310

Since the first class began in 1939, The Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy has had a long-standing tradition of transforming men and women into the State Troopers you see patrolling…


Phone: 850-617-2315

Florida Keys Community College Institute Of Criminal Justice

5901 College Road, Key West, FL 33040

The criminal justice and law enforcement program is for students planning to concentrate in the law enforcement area of the criminal justice system. In this program, students will prepare for…


Phone: 305-296-9081

George Stone Area Vo-Tech Center Criminal Justice Training Center

2400 Longleaf Drive, Pensacola, FL 32526

The mission of the George Stone Justice Training Center is to provide its students with the highest quality training possible. We strive to provide the best opportunity for student’s success…


Phone: 850-944-6775 / 850-941-6200

Hillsborough Community College Criminal Justice Institute

2002 N 17th St., Tampa, FL 33605

The Criminal Justice Institute operates under the auspices of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC). As an accredited institution of higher learning, we offer an array of…


Phone: 813-253-7676

Indian River State College Criminal Justice Institute

3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981

The Indian River State College Criminal Justice Institute is certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conduct authorized Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission courses. Its program offers…


Phone: 772-464-7676

Lake Technical Center Institute Of Public Safety

1565 Lane Park Cutoff Rd., Tavares, FL 32778

Lake Tech’s Institute of Public Safety’s state of the art training facilities are located in Lake County Florida approximately one hour north of Orlando. Our Firefighting Academy and Law Enforcement…


Phone: 352-742-6463

Miami Police Training Center

400 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33128

The Training & Personnel Development Section will maintain and enhance criminal justice professionals and governmental entities by providing relative and qualitative training. The Miami Police College will be an internationally…


Phone: 305-603-6624

Miami-Dade College School Of Justice

11380 Northwest 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33167

The School of Justice at Miami Dade College is an internationally known public safety and educational training center. In addition to offering bachelor, associate and certificate programs, the School of…


Phone: 305-237-1327

North Florida Community College Criminal Justice Academy

1000 Turner Davis Drive, Madison, FL 32340

North Florida Community College is one of the 40 approved Criminal Justice Training Centers certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) to teach Law and Corrections Basic…


Phone: 850-973-1617

Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training And Education Center

4501 Capper Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218

The Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training and Education Center (Academy) is a state-of-the-art , 56,000 square foot, facility located on the north-side of Jacksonville. The Academy maintains a working partnership…


Phone: 904-713-4900

Northwest State Florida State College Criminal Justice Training Center

100 College Boulevard, Niceville, FL 32578

The mission of the NWFSC Criminal Justice Training Center is to prepare criminal justice officers to protect and serve. The CJTC was established in 1974 with the primary responsibility as…


Phone: 850-729-5378

Palm Beach State College Criminal Justice Institute

4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33461

The Criminal Justice Institute at Palm Beach State College is a Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission certified Type “A” Training Center offering a full range of professional training opportunities…


Phone: 561-868-3398

Polk State College Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety

1251 Jim Keene Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33881

The mission of the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety is to provide professional and responsible training and educational programs to law enforcement, corrections and correctional probation officers. We…


Phone: 863-297-1030

Santa Fe College Institute Of Public Safety

3737 Northeast 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609

IPS programs are designed to meet the growing need for skilled personnel in emergency medical services, law enforcement, and corrections in our community and nationwide.


Phone: 352-271-2900

Seminole State College Criminal Justice Institute

100 Weldon Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773

Seminole State’s Criminal Justice Academy is a state-certified training center and has been preparing students for careers in law enforcement since 1969. We offer a variety of degree, certificate and…


Phone: 407-708-2220

South Florida State College Criminal Justice Academy

600 West College Drive, Avon Park, FL 33825

The Criminal Justice Academy is located at South Florida State College’s Highlands Campus, 600 West College Drive, in Avon Park. Visit our website to view upcoming classes or learn more…


Phone: 863-784-7282 (85)

Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy

3800 Michigan Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916

The Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy is certified by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission as one of 41 statewide criminal justice training centers. Our students train to…


Phone: 239-334-3897

St. John’s River Community College Criminal Justice Academy

2990 College Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32177

Challenge yourself with the intense training and dedication required to become a respected member of the criminal justice profession. Programs at St. Johns River State College include: Law Enforcement Basic…


Phone: 904-808-7490

Tallahassee Community College Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy

85 Academy Drive, Havana, FL 32333

The Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy (PTLEA) is housed within the Florida Public Safety Institute and offers training to become a certified law enforcement officer. This six-month program is comprised…


Phone: 850-201-7007

Valencia College Criminal Justice Institute

8600 Valencia College Lane, Orlando, FL 32825

Valencia’s Criminal Justice Institute is one of the most recognized and respected criminal justice training centers in the state of Florida. The institute is certified by the Florida Criminal Justice…


Phone: 407-582-8200

A career in law enforcement is both challenging and rewarding. Sworn deputies are among the nation’s most respected officials. In Florida, the various state, county, and city departments offer job opportunities to capable individuals who have completed all training and certification requirements.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average salary for Florida troopers is higher than the annual pay in most southern states. More than 40,000 dedicated officers patrol the streets of the Sunshine State daily, and qualified recruits are always in high demand.

Minimum requirements for employment are set by FDLE’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Local departments may add further stipulations or guidelines. With its warm climate and diverse communities, Florida attracts many adept law enforcement workers and trainees from around the country. Here are the general requirements:

Age and Education

Most U.S. citizens, age 19 and older, with a high school diploma or GED are eligible to become law enforcement officers. The only exceptions are individuals who have been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces or convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor that involves perjury or false statement. In order to become a Florida correctional probation officer, one must earn a bachelors degree.

Basic Abilities Test

The first step toward certification is taking a Basic Abilities Test. The BAT covers reading comprehension, written expression, spatial orientation, problem sensitivity, information ordering, inductive and deductive reasoning, and memorization. Since the completion of this multiple-choice test is required before starting a Basic Recruit Training Program, it can be taken at most training schools. The results are valid for a four-year period.

Basic Recruit Training Program

The mandatory Florida Basic Recruit Training Program must be successfully completed at a Commission-certified school. In a typical program, the curriculum addresses issues such as criminal law, firearms training, communication in both daily interaction and crisis situations, arrest procedures, survival skills, traffic directing, DUI cases, and crime scene investigation. The training takes a rigorous, military-style approach that prepares recruits for the many demands of a law enforcement career. Some educational institutions offer two or four-year degrees in Criminal Justice that can further enhance an officer’s qualifications but are not required for employment.

If the program is an in-house police academy, then the recruit is often paid a salary while attending training classes. For example, the Florida Highway Patrol academy provides full room and board plus $2,514.88 to each trainee. On the other hand, a local community college may charge up to $4,000 for resident students and $12,000 for out-of-state applicants. State college programs usually require 770 hours of training. The courses can be completed in about six months if the student attends full-time. For part-time participants, the program takes about nine months from start to finish.

Certification Exam

A passing score on Florida’s State Officer Certification Examination must be achieved in order to be employed by any law enforcement agency in the state. The test consists of both multiple-choice and “field test” questions. Although only the multiple-choice questions count toward the final score, the “field test” questions appear throughout the exam and are not identified. They are used as a reference for future exams.

Four separate categories make up the test. They are Florida Law Enforcement Academy (FLEA), Traditional Corrections, Florida Corrections, and Florida Correctional Probation. While three hours are allotted for most sections, the candidate has four hours to complete the Florida Correctional Probation section. This portion of the test requires a score of 82% or higher; the other categories call for at least 80%.

Test takers have three attempts to pass the SOCE. For a failed test, the Score Report provides vital information to the recruit concerning how to prepare for the next sitting. The $100 fee must be paid for every attempt. Each month the test is administered at 3-4 locations around the state.

Background Investigation, Fingerprints, and Physical Exam

Florida law enforcement agencies fingerprint applicants and send the prints to the FBI and FDLE for processing. They also conduct an extensive background investigation to ensure that each recruit has good moral character. Drug testing is a requirement. Meanwhile a licensed physician must conduct a physical examination to determine if the candidate’s health is conducive to a career in the field. Employers often require that applicants be within 20 pounds of their suggested weight and demonstrate the ability to withstand the physical demands of the job.

CJSTC-68 Affidavit of Applicant Form

The final step in becoming a Florida law enforcement officer is filling out and signing FDLE Affidavit of Applicant form CJSTC-68. This document must be notarized and turned in to the proper authorities. Along with all other requirements, a valid Florida driver’s license is a must.

Job Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in law enforcement are expected to increase nationwide by 4% between now and 2024. Florida, with its numerous fast-growing metropolitan regions, will likely need many new recruits within the next few years. Currently the Miami area employs the largest number of police officers and sheriff’s deputies in the state, but Central Florida is quickly becoming a competitor.

A new recruit’s salary varies according to location. In cities like Orlando, one can expect to start at an annual rate of at least $40,000 while smaller departments may offer around $35,000. Full benefits are usually included. A bright, self-motivated employee can rise through the ranks quickly and branch out into a variety of job types.

The many law enforcement career paths include investigations, public relations, chemical and microscopic analysis, canine corps, special weapons and tactics, training and firearms instruction, handwriting and fingerprint identification, and emergency response. Some officers work in court or jail-related positions; others move on to federal agencies such as Homeland Security and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In spite of the frequent challenges and potential danger, a career in law enforcement can be a source of fulfillment for ambitious, talented members of society.

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