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.

 

158th Law Enforcement Class

Class Start Date                                        January, 2020 – July, 2020

Applications Available                            August 19, 2019 – September 27, 2019

Deadline to Return Application            October 4, 2019

P.A.T.                                                          October 15, 16, 17, 2019

Oral Board                                                 November 5, 6, 7, 2019

Orientation                                                December 20, 2019 @9:30am

Uniform Measurement/Purchase         November 15, 2019 @10:30

Uniform Pickup                                        December 20, 2019 @ 12:00pm

 

159th Law Enforcement Class

Class Start Date                                         March 9, 2020 – August , 2020

Applications Available                             October 1, 2019 – November 14, 2019

Deadline to Return Application             November 21, 2019

P.A.T.                                                           December 10, 11, 12, 2019

Oral Board                                                  January 14, 15, 16, 2019

Orientation                                                 February 21, 2020 @9:30am

Uniform Measurement/Purchase         January 24, 2020 @1:00pm

Uniform Pickup                                        February 21, 2020 @ 12:00pm

Basic Recruit

Courses

158th 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: Jan 13 - Jun 2

Registration Dates: Aug 19 - Sep 27

Times: 800, 700, 1200, 1300, 900, 1000, 1700

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

Instructors: Paul Blanchard, Dennis Eads, Connie Seranno, , Kurt Graf, Raymond Beiner, Mike Peak, Brian Jones, Erica Rich, Antonio Ramos, Billy McGuire, Roman Serrano, Rafael Rodrigo, Jack Thomson, Paul Oler, Angela Leavens, Andrew Satterlee

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157th 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 9 - Feb 12

Registration Dates: Feb 11 - Apr 5

Times: 700, 900, 800, 0800, 1400, 1300, 0700, 1000, 0900, 1700, 1200

Classrooms: 4-004, PT Area, , 12-004, Driving Range, 13-009, Gun Range, TBA

Instructors: Paul Oler, Dennis Eads, Angela Leavens, Natalie Savino, Kurt Graf, Billy McGuire, Robert Vishion, Rafael Rodrigo, Erica Rich, Rosemary Arway, Antonio Ramos, , Roman Serrano, Brian Jones, Mike Peak, Raymond Beiner, Jennifer Royal, Audra Thomas-Eth, Francine Donnorummo, Stephanie Russell, Connie Seranno, Paul Blanchard, Andrew Satterlee

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Corrections Officer to Law Enforcement Crossover

Courses

82nd 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: Sep 9 - Feb 12

Registration Dates: Jul 22 - Aug 21

Times: 900, 700, 1300, 800, 1200, 0800, 1400, 0900, 1000, 1700

Classrooms: 13-009, Driving Range, TBA

Instructors: Paul Oler, Billy McGuire, Brian Jones, Antonio Ramos, Audra Thomas-Eth, Paul Blanchard, Erica Rich, Rafael Rodrigo, Angela Leavens, Robert Vishion, Kurt Graf, Andrew Satterlee, Roman Serrano

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81st 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: Aug 12 - Mar 5

Registration Dates: Apr 1 - Jun 17

Times: 1200, 1400, 1300, 1700

Classrooms: 4-004, 4-002, 4-005, 4-003, 4-001, Driving Range, Cafeteria

Instructors: Roman Serrano, Kurt Graf, Robert Vishion, Rafael Rodrigo, Angela Leavens, Heather Fly, Jennifer Gutmore, Billy McGuire, Jack Thomson, Erica Rich, Connie Seranno, Francine Donnorummo, Stephanie Russell, Carrie Gill, Audra Thomas-Eth, Natalie Savino, Brian Jones, Antonio Ramos

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Course Fee :


In State – $3,423.00
Out of State – $9,790.90

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Quick Info

  • Course Number : 18 Courses
  • 770 hours
  • Affordable Course Fee : $3,423
  • Instructor : Kurt Graf

Contact Info :

Kurt Graf
Law Enforcement Program Coordinator
KurtWG@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.