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. 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
CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations
CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CMS Criminal Justice Firearms
CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
Dart-Firing Stun Gun
Criminal Justice Officer Physical Fitness Training/Law Enforcement
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS
Written Exam & Review
770 hours plus 20 hours Written Exams & 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