Florida Law Enforcement Academy

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Important Polygraph Information

  • Please make sure you book your polygraph test well in advance before the deadline. At least a month in advance. 
  • We are getting terribly busy with the post Covid hiring and we wish to ensure that we can reach our deadline.
  • Face masks are required for appointments.
  • *Note:  A questionnaire will be emailed to you before the appointment.  Email questionnaire as a “WORD” document file (*.doc) ONLY to ginnytetaswflpolygraph@gmail.com & tomiandimarino@gmail.com.  The questionnaire will not be accepted as a PDF file or any other file.

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.  You must provide a copy of your results. Each class has a registration period. Information provided under each class for those dates.

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.
  • 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 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.

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 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.

 

165th  Law Enforcement Class

Class Start/End Date                              February 22, 2022 – July 12, 2022

Applications Available (Online)           November 19, 2021 – January 7, 2022

Deadline to Return Application           January 7, 2022

P.A.T.                                                          January 12, 2022

Oral Board                                                January 19, 2022

Orientation                                               February 14, 2022 10:00 AM

 

164th Law Enforcement Class

Class Start/End Date                              November 12th, 2021 – April 21st, 2022

Applications Available (Online)          August 30th, 2021 – October 1st, 2021

Deadline to Return Application           October 1st, 2021

P.A.T.                                                          October 6th, 2021

Oral Board                                                October 13th, 2021

Orientation                                               November 5th, 2021 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 Kurt Graf, Law Enforcement Program Coordinator or his Assistant Ms. Wallace.

Basic Recruit

Courses

163rd 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 30, 2021 - Feb 3, 2022

Registration Dates: May 24, 2021 - Jul 2, 2021

Times: 900, 800, 700, 1300, 0700,

Classrooms: TBD, Driving Range, RANGE, R, DT Room, , PT Area

Instructors: Raymond Beiner, Paul Blanchard, Erica Rich, , Chris Cummins, Jennifer Royal, Brian Jones, Scott Lineberger, Rafael Rodrigo, Robert Vishion, Kurt Graf, Billy McGuire, Angela Leavens, Andrew Satterlee, Roman Serrano, Dennis Eads

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164th LE Basic Law Enforcement

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 12, 2021 - Apr 21, 2022

Registration Dates: Aug 30, 2021 - Oct 1, 2021

Times: 0800, 0700, 0900, 700, 1300, 800,

Classrooms: TBA, PT Area, Driving Range, RANGE, DT Room

Instructors: Paul Blanchard, Erica Rich, , Raymond Beiner, Brian Jones, Scott Lineberger, Rafael Rodrigo, Robert Vishion, Angela Leavens, Robert Vishion, Andrew Satterlee, Roman Serrano

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165 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: Feb 22, 2022 - Jul 12, 2022

Registration Dates: Nov 19, 2021 - Jan 7, 2022

Times: 700, 0800, 1300, 0900, , 0700, 800

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

Instructors: , Dennis Eads

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Corrections Officer to Law Enforcement Crossover

Courses

86th 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: Feb 22, 2022 - Jul 12, 2022

Registration Dates: Nov 19, 2021 - Jan 7, 2022

Times: 0900, 700, 0800, 1300, 1200, 0700

Classrooms: 13-009, Driving Range,

Instructors: Paul Blanchard, Raymond Beiner, , Erica Rich, Brian Jones, Rafael Rodrigo, Robert Vishion, Angela Leavens, Andrew Satterlee, Roman Serrano, Kurt Graf

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Course Fee :


In State – $3,535.40
Out of State – $10,971.45

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

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Quick Info

  • Course Number : 18 Courses
  • 770 hours
  • Affordable Course Fee : $3,527.40
  • Instructor : Kurt Graf

Contact Info :

Kurt Graf
Law Enforcement Program Coordinator
KurtWG@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.