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.

Law Encforcement Recruits

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.

 

  153rd Law Enforcement Class 

This enrollment also includes the 154th class that will start in March 2019

*Limited Seating – Maximum Capacity 35

Start Date: January 22, 2019

End Date: June, 2019

State Exam: TBA

Application available: August 20, 2018 – September 28, 2018

Deadline to return application:  October 4, 2018

Physical Abilities Test (P.A.T):  October 16, 17, 18, 2018

Oral Board Interview:  October 30, 31, NOV. 1, 2018

Orientation:  November 15, 2018 @10:00 am

Basic Recruit

Courses

150th 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 5 - Jul 26

Registration Dates: Aug 21 - Sep 29

Times: 700, 800, 0800, 1300, 1800

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

Instructors: Dennis Eads, Connie Seranno, Audra Thomas-Eth, Paul Blanchard, Jennifer Gutmore, Heather Searcy, Orion Wright, , Michael-Anthony Pica, Natalie Savino, Stephanie Russell, Raymond Beiner, Mike Peak, Jack Thomson, Brian Jones, Robbie Martin, Antonio Ramos, Rosemary Arway, Erica Rich, Rafael Rodrigo, Dennis Eads, Andrea Fisher, Billy McGuire, Angela Leavens, Paul Oler, Andrew Satterlee, Roman Serrano

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Law Enforcement Interaction with Autism (am)

To train first responders to recognize the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), typical behavior of individuals on the spectrum, and best practices for how officers can respond when dealing with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

Course Type: Mandatory Retraining

Class Dates: Aug 10 - Aug 10

Registration Dates: Jun 21 - Jul 20

Times: 0800

Classrooms: Bldg. 5 Room 5-008

Instructors:

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151st 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 9 - Nov 29

Registration Dates: Feb 26 - Apr 13

Times: 0800, 800, 700, 1300, 1800

Classrooms: 13-009, PT Area, Driving Range, Gun Range, TBA

Instructors: , Paul Oler, Dennis Eads, Angela Leavens, Francine Donnorummo, Billy McGuire, Jack Thomson, Rafael Rodrigo, Erica Rich, Kurt Graf, Antonio Ramos, Brian Jones, Mike Peak, Raymond Beiner, Michael-Anthony Pica, Stephanie Russell, Connie Seranno, Audra Thomas-Eth, Natalie Savino, Orion Wright, Heather Searcy, Paul Blanchard, Andrew Satterlee, Roman Serrano

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152nd 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 10 - Feb 13

Registration Dates: Feb 26 - Apr 13

Times: 700, 0800, 800, 1300, 1800

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

Instructors: Roman Serrano, , Dennis Eads, Andrew Satterlee, Paul Oler, Jack Thomson, Angela Leavens, Billy McGuire, Rafael Rodrigo, Erica Rich, Rosemary Arway, Antonio Ramos, Brian Jones, Mike Peak, Raymond Beiner, Carrie Gill, Paul Blanchard

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Corrections Officer to Law Enforcement Crossover

Courses

77th CO to LE Cross-Over

This course is a Crossover program for Correctional Officers to Crossover to the Law Enforcement discipline.

Course Type: Law Enforcement

Class Dates: Jul 9 - Nov 30

Registration Dates: Feb 26 - May 24

Times: 0800, 700, 800, 1300, 1800

Classrooms: 13-009, Driving Range, TBA

Instructors: , Paul Blanchard, Orion Wright, Heather Searcy, Natalie Savino, Francine Donnorummo, Audra Thomas-Eth, Connie Seranno, Stephanie Russell, Michael-Anthony Pica, Brian Jones, Antonio Ramos, Billy McGuire, Erica Rich, Rafael Rodrigo, Jack Thomson, Angela Leavens, Paul Oler, Andrew Satterlee, Roman Serrano, Dennis Eads

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78th CO to LE Cross-Over

This course is a Crossover program for Correctional Officers to Crossover to the Law Enforcement discipline.

Course Type: Law Enforcement

Class Dates: Jul 23 - Feb 20

Registration Dates: Jan 16 - May 24

Times: 1200

Classrooms: 4-004, Driving Range

Instructors: Jack Thomson, Brian Jones, , Antonio Ramos, Roman Serrano, Andrew Satterlee, Paul Oler, Angela Leavens, Carrie Gill, Billy McGuire, Rafael Rodrigo, Erica Rich, Stephanie Russell, Orion Wright, Connie Seranno, Jennifer Gutmore, Audra Thomas-Eth, Francine Donnorummo, Michael-Anthony Pica, Paul Blanchard

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Course Fee :


In State – $3,842.15
Out of State – $10,375.45

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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.