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. For more information, visit the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy’s web site.
Introduction to Law Enforcement
Interactions in a Diverse Community
Interviewing and Report Writing
Fundamentals of Patrol
Calls for Service
Crime Scene to Courtroom
DUI Traffic Stops
Traffic Crash Investigations
Cross-Over Program Updates
CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations
Dart-Firing Stun Gun
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS
Written Exam & Review
518 hours plus 23 hours Written Exam & Review
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 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 CJBAT Test for Corrections, 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), and successfully pass a background investigation to include drug testing. Visit the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy’s website for complete admission requirements or call (239) 334-3897.
- Jack Thomson
- (239) 334-3897