Florida Law Enforcement Academy

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Important Program Enrollment Information

We are excited to announce that starting is 2022 we will be offering enrollment into the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in the following months

*February/ will include a Crossover Corrections to LE (No OPEN enrollments for Law Enforcement, Agency students ONLY)

*May/ OPEN enrollments applicants may apply for this class

*August/ will include a Crossover Corrections to LE (No OPEN enrollments for Law Enforcement, Agency students ONLY)

*November/ OPEN enrollment applicants may apply for this class

This schedule will continue on this rotation until further notice

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 outside of Florida 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 Officer 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.
  5. Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  6. Not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.
  7. Achieve a passing score on the CJBAT Test for Law Enforcement.
  8. Have been fingerprinted by the employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI.
  9. Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician.
  10. Have good moral character.
  11. Completed an Affidavit of Applicant form CJSTC-68.
  12. Successfully passed a background investigation to include drug testing.
  13. Successfully completed one of the Law Enforcement Officer Basic Recruit, Crossover, or EOT training programs.
  14. Achieve a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination.
  15. Complied with mandatory retraining for continuing training or education requirements.

Additional Requirements for Entrance into the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy Self enrolled

  • Complete a CJBAT or FBAT. (BAT).
  • Meet the minimum qualifications (including a PAT).
  • Minimum requirements and steps to attend the Law Enforcement Basic Academy
    • 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 ever have been convicted of any felony.
    • Not ever have been convicted 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.  You must provide a copy of your results. Each class has a registration period. Information provided under each class for those dates. After confirming your eligibility with the pre-application checklist, you will be given further information on where and how to obtain fingerprints/drug screen.

Step 3Submit the application packet

  • Application packets are available 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. Examples of cost:
  • Fingerprints $48.00 – subject to change(Credit Card only)
  • Drug Screen $35.00

Step 4: P.A.T.(physical Agility Test) and Interview

You will complete the P.A.T. on the stated date.

  • Physical Agility Test $25.00 (cash, credit card, money order).

After passing the P.A.T. you will be advised of the date and time of your Interview.  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 informed of uniform and boot order requirements/vendors to complete on your own prior to start of Academy. Orientation dates are found below under the specified class you are accepted to, tuition payment needs to be completed.

The Academy will provide your physical training (PT) gear which includes four t-shirts and two gym shorts included in your tuition. Any additional items may be purchased at the Academy for the following:

  • 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.

 

167th  Law Enforcement Class (Agency Sponsored students ONLY)

Class Start/End Date                              August 22, 2022 – January 24, 2023

Applications Available (Online)           June 20, 2022 – July 8, 2022

Deadline to Return Application           July 15, 2022

P.A.T.                                                          No Open Enrollment accepted

Oral Board                                                No Open Enrollment accepted

Orientation                                               August 15, 2022 10:00 AM

 

168th Law Enforcement Class

Class Start/End Date                              November 14, 2022 –  April 19, 2023

Applications Available (Online)          August 1, 2022 – October 10, 2022

Deadline to Return Application           October 10, 2022

P.A.T.                                                          October 18, 2022

Oral Board                                                October 25, 2022

Orientation                                               November 8, 2022 10:00 AM

87th  CrossOver CO to LE Class

Class Start/End Date                              August 22, 2022 – January 24, 2023

Applications Available (Online)           June 20, 2022 – July 15, 2022

Deadline to Return Application           July 15, 2022

P.A.T.                                                          August 2, 2022

Oral Board                                                August 9, 2022

Orientation                                               August 15, 2022 10:00 AM

 

 

Due to the increase in agency applications, it is recommended that you DO NOT schedule your Fingerprints or Polygraph test until you have spoken to Erica Rich, Law Enforcement Program Coordinator or her Assistant Ms. Wallace.

Basic Recruit

Courses

166 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: May 9, 2022 - Oct 3, 2022

Registration Dates: Jan 10, 2022 - Apr 1, 2022

Times: 1300, 0800, 0700, 700, 0900,

Classrooms: Range, 13-009, Driving Range, DT Room, , PT Area

Instructors: Scott Lineberger, Rebecca Long, , Paul Blanchard, Brian Jones, Paul Blanchard, Raymond Beiner, Robert Vishion, Ronald Glad, Angela Leavens, Erica Rich, Andrew Satterlee, Roman Serrano, Robert Vishion, Dennis Eads

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167 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: Aug 22, 2022 - Jan 24, 2023

Registration Dates: Jun 20, 2022 - Aug 5, 2022

Times: 0900, 700, 0800, 1300,

Classrooms: 13-009, PT Area, Driving Range, DT Room, Range, OFF,

Instructors: Paul Blanchard, Dennis Eads, Raymond Beiner, Rebecca Long, Brian Jones, Erica Rich, Scott Lineberger, , Robert Vishion, Robert Vishion, Ronald Glad, Angela Leavens, Andrew Satterlee, Roman Serrano

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168 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: Nov 14, 2022 - Apr 19, 2023

Registration Dates: Aug 1, 2022 - Oct 10, 2022

Times: 0800, 700, 0700, 0900, , 1300

Classrooms: 13-009, PT Area, OFF, DT Room, Range, Driving Range

Instructors: Roman Serrano, Scott Lineberger, Andrew Satterlee, Dennis Eads, Raymond Beiner, Paul Blanchard, , Rebecca Long, Erica Rich, Brian Jones, Robert Vishion, Ronald Glad, Angela Leavens

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Corrections Officer to Law Enforcement Crossover

Courses

87th CO to LE Crossover

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

Course Type: Law Enforcement

Class Dates: Aug 22, 2022 - Jan 24, 2023

Registration Dates: Jun 20, 2022 - Aug 5, 2022

Times: 0700, , 0900, 700, 0800, 1300

Classrooms: 13-009, , Driving Range, OFF

Instructors: Raymond Beiner, , Paul Blanchard, Rebecca Long, Brian Jones, Robert Vishion, Ronald Glad, Angela Leavens, Andrew Satterlee, Roman Serrano

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Course Fee :


In State – $3,595.40
Out of State – $10,363.70

(All course fees must be paid by credit/debit card or money order. Cash will not be accepted.)

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Quick Info

  • Course Number : 18 Courses
  • 770 hours
  • Affordable Course Fee : $3,595.40
  • Instructor : Erica Rich

Contact Info :

Erica Rich
Law Enforcement Program Coordinator
EricaLR@LeeSchools.net

Cassandra Wallace
Assistant to the Law Enforcement Coordinator
CassandraSH@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.