Correctional Officer

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Correctional Officers have one of the most difficult professions in the country. Not everyone who applies has what it takes to become a certified Correctional Officer. Correctional Officers are the Law Enforcement Officers who work in the Jails and Prisons… the nation’s toughest beats. Right out of the academy, a certified and employed Correctional Officer is also a supervisor. Correctional Officers are responsible for everything from overseeing inmate housing units to supervising and motivating inmate work crews.

There are four ways one can become a certified Correctional Officer in the State of Florida:  

  • Complete a basic recruit training program for Correctional Officers.
  • Be certified in the State of Florida as a Law Enforcement Officer and Complete a Crossover program from Law Enforcement to Corrections.
  • Be certified in the State of Florida as a Correctional Probation Officer and Complete a Crossover program from Correctional Probation to Corrections.
  • Be a certified Correctional Officer in the United States and apply for the Equivalency of Training (EoT) program.

In order to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a Correctional Officer one must:   

  • Complete the appropriate training program.
  • Pass the Florida State Certification Examination.
  • Be employed or appointed as a Correctional Officer by a certified Agency.

Minimum requirements for employment as a Correctional Officer  

  • 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 employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI.
  • Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician.
  • Have good moral character.
  • Completed an Affidavit of Applicant form CJSTC-68.
  • Successfully passed a background investigation to include drug testing.
  • Successfully completed one of the Law Enforcement Officer Basic Recruit, Crossover, or EOT training programs.
  • Achieve a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination.
  • Complied with mandatory retraining for continuing training or education requirements.

 

Additional Requirements For Entrance Into The Southwest Florida Public Service Academy

  • Complete a CJBAT or FBAT. (BAT)
  • Meet the minimum qualifications (including a PAT).
  • Minimum requirements and steps to attend the Corrections Basic Academy
    • Be at least 19 years of age.
    • Be a citizen of the United States.
    • Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
    • Have a valid Florida Driver’s Licens.e
    • Have not had any excessive traffic citations. Three in the last two years.
    • Not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.
    • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
    • No misdemeanor convictions in the last 5 years.
    • No DUI conviction in the last 5 years.
    • Drug free minimum 1-5 years prior, depending on drug.

Get Started :

Step 1: Achieve a passing score on the CJBAT test for Correctional Officers. 

Additional information regarding this exam can be found on website.

Step 2: Eligible for Application

You are eligible for an application when CJBAT has been passed and you have met the requirements above. The CJBAT/FBAT will be verified by an Academy Staff member. If you did not take the exam with the academy, you must provide a copy of your results. Each class has a registration period. You may pick one up (walk-in) no appointment necessary.

Step 3Submit the application packet/schedule for Fingerprints, Certified Drug Test, and P.A.T.

  • Call to schedule an appointment 239-334-3897. Ms. Stephanie Brown will review your application packet. Applicants must have application completed with all paperwork required.Other items that will be scheduled and mandatory to pay on this day as part of your package completion are: Fingerprints, Certified Drug Test, and the Physical Abilities Test.
  • Fingerprints $50.75 (Credit Card only)
  • Certified Drug Test $35.00 (Credit Card – Visa or MasterCard only)
  • Physical Abilities Test $25.00 (cash, credit card, money order).

Step 4: Interview after passing the PAT

You will be advised of the date and time of your Interview after successful completion of the P.A.T.. Your interview results will be given within 48hrs. later.

Step 5: Orientation for accepted applicants

Fees due on this day:

  1. Uniforms – full payment of $180.04. Payment is accepted in Cash, Credit/Debit Card, or Money Order to be made payable to “Hamilton’s Uniforms LLC”.
  2. Tuition Fee-minimum : $150.00 (Registration Fee, Books, and PT Gear) however, all fees must be paid in full by the first day of class.

Any additional items may be purchased at the Academy.

  • T-Shirt $6.00
  • Shorts $9.00
  • Hat $ 7.00
  • Jackets $ 21.00
  • Sweats set $25.00
  • Mouth Piece $1.00

Step 6: First day of class

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Courses

148th Correctional Officer Class

To successfully complete this basic recruit training program, recruits must achieve a passing score on each of the written end-of-topic course examinations. Recruits must also demonstrate proficiency skills in the high liability areas of first aid, firearms and defensive tactics and participate in the CJSTC Physical fitness Program, See Rules 11B-35.001 and 11B-35.oo24, FAC.

Course Type: Corrections

Class Dates: May 8 - Aug 3

Registration Dates: Sep 17 - Nov 30

Times: 800, 1300, 1500, 1000, 1800

Classrooms: Training Field, 7-004, 13-007, LCSO, 12-004, Auditorium

Instructors: Robbie Martin, Audra Thomas-Eth, Carrie Gill, Orion Wright, Jennifer Phillips, Kathleen Cady, Jody Davis, Thomas Anderson, Keith Henson, Gene Sims, John Nichols

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149th Correctional Officer Class

To successfully complete this basic recruit training program, recruits must achieve a passing score on each of the written end-of-topic course examinations. Recruits must also demonstrate proficiency skills in the high liability areas of first aid, firearms and defensive tactics and participate in the CJSTC Physical fitness Program, See Rules 11B-35.001 and 11B-35.oo24, FAC.

Course Type: Corrections

Class Dates: Aug 21 - Nov 15

Registration Dates: Nov 30 - Nov 30

Times: 1300, 1500, 800, 1000, 1800

Classrooms: LCSO, 7-004, Training Field, 13-007, 12-004, Auditorium

Instructors: Gene Sims, Keith Henson, Robbie Martin, Jody Davis, Thomas Anderson, Kathleen Cady, Jennifer Phillips, Orion Wright, Carrie Gill, John Nichols

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Course Fee :


In State – $ 2,371.00
Out of State – $ 6,423.30

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Quick Info

  • 12 Courses
  • 490 hours + 70 hours exams
  • Affordable Course Fee : $2,741
  • Instructor : Robert Martin

Contact Info :

Robbie Martin
Corrections Program Coordinator
robertlm@leeschools.net

Stephanie Brown
Assistant to the Corrections Coordinator
stephanieab@leeschools.net

Mission Statement

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.

Philosophy

A disciplined learning environment is required in order to better simulate the demeanor necessary to be effective on the job.

  • Failure to train and failure to learn are failures that cost lives.
  • We teach as if lives depend on us because they do.
  • We keep our training meaningful and relevant.