Florida Law Enforcement Academy

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The Law Enforcement Division of the Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy is responsible for delivering the Law Enforcement Basic Recruit, Auxiliary, Equivalency of Training (EoT), and Crossover from Corrections to Law Enforcement programs.

There are three ways one can become a certified Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida:

  1. Complete a basic recruit training program for Law Enforcement Officers.
  2. Be certified in the State of Florida as a Correctional Officer and Complete a Crossover program from Corrections to Law Enforcement.
  3. Be a certified Law Enforcement 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 Law Enforcement Officer one must: 

  1. Complete the appropriate training program.
  2. Pass the Florida State Certification Examination.
  3. Be employed or appointed as a Law Enforcement Officer by a certified Agency.

Minimum requirements for employment as a Law Enforcement Officer

  1. Be at least 19 years of age.
  2. Be a citizen of the United States.
  3. Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  4. Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  5. Not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.
  6. Achieve a passing score on the CJBAT Test for Law Enforcement.
  7. Have been fingerprinted by the employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI.
  8. Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician.
  9. Have good moral character.
  10. Completed an Affidavit of Applicant form CJSTC-68.
  11. Successfully passed a background investigation to include drug testing.
  12. Successfully completed one of the Law Enforcement Officer Basic Recruit, Crossover, or EOT training programs.
  13. Achieve a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination.
  14. 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 Law Enforcement Basic Academy
    • Be minimum 19 years of age.
    • Be a citizen of the United States.
    • Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
    • Have a Florida Driver’s License.  With no DL suspension within the last 3 years.
    • 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 3-5 years prior, depending on substance use.
    • Not have used, possessed or cultivated any illegal controlled substance within the past 5 years.
    • (Marijuana 3 years) No history of drug sales.
    • No LSD./Methamphetamine use at any time.

Get Started :

Step 1: Achieve a passing score on the CJBAT test for Law Enforcement Officers

Additional information regarding this exam can be found on website.

Step 2: Application

You are eligible for an application when CJBAT is passed. This 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. Information provided on the back of this page for those dates. You may pick one up (walk-in) no appointment necessary.

Step 3Submit the application packet

  • Application packets will be available in the office and online. Applicants must have application completed with all required paperwork (from checklist). Fingerprints and Drug Screen can be paid online however, the P.A.T. will have to be paid at the Academy.
  • Fingerprints $48.00 – subject to change(Credit Card only)
  • Drug Screen $35.00
  • Physical Agility 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 the deadline for applicants to apply. Your interview results will be given within 48hrs.

Step 5: Orientation for accepted applicants

Congratulations you are one step closer to starting your future. You will be measured for uniforms and a full payment of $175.00 is due at this time. Boots can also be purchased. Payment is accepted in Cash, Credit/Debit Card, or Money Order to be made payable to “Hamilton Uniforms LLC.” www.hamiltonuniforms.com.

The Academy will provide your physical training (PT) gear which includes four t-shirts and two gym shorts. 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

Welcome! This day will be the first of many great experiences.

 

Courses

146th Basic Law Enforcement Class

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 skills in the DUI Traffic Stops course and in the High Liability courses (Vehicle Operations, First Aid, Firearms, and Defensive Tactics) and participate in the CJSTC Fitness Program. See Rules 11B-35.001 and 11B-35.0024, FAC (IN028.1).

Course Type: Law Enforcement

Class Dates: Mar 27 - Aug 15

Registration Dates: Nov 30 - Nov 30

Times: 1300, 800, 700, 1800

Classrooms: 4-002, PT Area, Driving Range, Gun Range, TBA, 12-004

Instructors: Gene Sims, Dennis Eads, Allan Kolak, Lesa Breneman, Jason Fields, Matt Monahan, John Long, Francine Donnorummo, Dennis Gannon, Jack Thomson, Christopher Rubino, Walter Johnson, Rafael Rodrigo, Marie Fulop, Bobby Platt, Randy Jelks, Antonio Ramos, Robbie Martin, Brian Jones, John Nichols, Carrie Gill, Orion Wright, Michael-Anthony Pica, Stephanie Russell, Paul Blanchard

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148th Basic Law Enforcement Class

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 skills in the DUI Traffic Stops course and in the High Liability courses (Vehicle Operations, First Aid, Firearms, and Defensive Tactics) and participate in the CJSTC Fitness Program. See Rules 11B-35.001 and 11B-35.0024, FAC (IN028.1).

Course Type: Law Enforcement

Class Dates: Sep 5 - Feb 8

Registration Dates: Nov 30 - Nov 30

Times: 800, 700, 1300, 1800

Classrooms: 4-002, 12-004, Gun Range, Driving Range, PT Area, TBA

Instructors: Paul Blanchard, Connie Seranno, Dennis Eads, Audra Thomas-Eth, Francine Donnorummo, Michael-Anthony Pica, Carrie Gill, John Nichols, Gene Sims, Brian Jones, Robbie Martin, Antonio Ramos, Marie Fulop, Walter Johnson, Jack Thomson, Christopher Rubino, Dennis Gannon, Angela Leavens, Matt Monahan, Andrew Satterlee, Roman Serrano

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147th Basic Law Enforcement Class

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 skills in the DUI Traffic Stops course and in the High Liability courses (Vehicle Operations, First Aid, Firearms, and Defensive Tactics) and participate in the CJSTC Fitness Program. See Rules 11B-35.001 and 11B-35.0024, FAC (IN028.1).

Course Type: Law Enforcement

Class Dates: Jul 10 - Nov 28

Registration Dates: Nov 30 - Nov 30

Times: 800, 700, 1800, 1300

Classrooms: 13009, PT Area, TBA, 12004, Gun Range, Driving Range, 13007

Instructors: Walter Johnson, Dennis Eads, Michael-Anthony Pica, Orion Wright, Paul Blanchard, Carrie Gill, Jack Thomson, Todd Everly, Roman Serrano, Andrew Satterlee, Angela Leavens, Stephanie Russell, Dennis Gannon, Christopher Rubino, Marie Fulop, Natalie Savino, John Nichols, Gene Sims, Brian Jones, Robbie Martin, Antonio Ramos

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Course Fee :


In State – $3,430
Out of State – $9,963.30

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Quick Info

  • Course Number : 18 Courses
  • 770 hours
  • Affordable Course Fee : $3,430
  • Instructor : Jack Thomson

Contact Info :

Jack Thomson
Law Enforcement Program Coordinator
johndt@leeschools.net

Floria Bell
Assistant to the Law Enforcement Coordinator
floriajb@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.