(239) 334-3897
4312 Michigan Ave
Fort Myers, Florida 33905

Florida Law Enforcement Academy

Important Program Enrollment Information

We are excited to announce we will be offering enrollment into the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in the following months.  ALL Classes to include OPEN Enrollment applications

*February/ will include a Crossover Corrections to LE 

*May

*August/ will include a Crossover Corrections to LE

*November

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.

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; either sponsored by an agency, or self sponsored. 
  2. Be a Florida certified Correctional Officer and Complete a Crossover basic recruit program.
  3. Be a certified Law Enforcement Officer in a state 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 after completing one of the above:

  1. Pass the Florida State Officer Certification Examination.
  2. 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. Comply 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
    • Not have used, possessed or cultivated any illegal controlled substance within the past 5 years; exceptions noted below:
      • Marijuana: 1 year, all other drugs: 5 years.
      • No LSD/Methamphetamine ever.
    • No history of drug sales

Get Started :

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

Additional information regarding testing centers for this exam can be found in “LE Documents” on this website.

Step 2: Application

When CJBAT is passed, you are eligible for an application. 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. Under the LE Documents tab, locate the “Pre-application checklist”. If you meet all criteria, continue with the application packet access.

Step 3Submit the application packet/complete appointments

  • Application packets are available online. Applicants must have application completed with all required paperwork and forms  (from links/checklist in the LE Documents tab).
  • After packet submission, with all necessary tasks completed noted above, it will be reviewed by Coordinator’s office for approval to  move onto the next steps of scheduling the below.
  • *******For any open enroll applicants for any program, DO NOT schedule your Fingerprints, Drug Screening, Polygraph test or Physical until  you have been notified that you can proceed to that step after the initial review of your application packet. You will be contacted by either LE Coordinator Erica Rich or Program Assistant Cassie Wallace. 
  • Example of costs to the applicant:
  • Fingerprints $48.00 – subject to change(Credit Card only)
  • Drug Screen $35.00
  • Polygraph exam (call for current cost)
  • Physician Visit (set up with your choice physician)

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

You will complete the P.A.T. on the stated date if all other steps have been successful.

  • 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 Oral Board Interview.  Your interview results will be given within 48hrs.

  • Please note, there are no guaranteed open seats for self sponsored applicants, you will be notified if you are admitted into the program.

Step 5: Orientation for accepted applicants

If accepted for a seat in the academy class,  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 four gym shorts included in your tuition. Any additional items may be purchased at the Academy for the following:

  • T-Shirt $8.00
  • Shorts $12.00
  • Hat $ 11.00
  • Sweatshirt $ 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.

UPCOMING Law Enforcement Basic Recruit CLASSES:

174th Law Enforcement Class

Class Start/End Date                              May 20, 2024 –  October 7, 2024

Applications Available (Online)          March 1, 2024 – April 29, 2024

Deadline to Return Application           April 29, 2024

P.A.T.                                                          May 1, 2024

Oral Board                                                May 2, 2024

Orientation                                               May 6, 2024 10:00AM

175th Law  Enforcement Class

Class Start/End Date                               August 26, 2024– January 30, 2025

Applications Available (Online)           June 3, 2024 – July 29, 2024

Deadline to Return Application           July 29, 2024

P.A.T.                                                         August 8, 2024 (open enrollment)

Oral Board                                               August 9 , 2024(open enrollment)

Orientation                                               August 12, 2024 10:00 AM (all)

***All times are subject to change***

91th  CrossOver CO to LE Class

Class Start/End Date                               August 26, 2024– January 30, 2025

Applications Available (Online)           June 3, 2024 – July 29, 2024

Deadline to Return Application           July 29, 2024

P.A.T.                                                         N/A

Oral Board                                               August 9 , 2024(open enrollment)

Orientation                                               August 12, 2024 10:00 AM

***All times are subject to change**

Course Fee :

In State – $3,947.40
Out of State – $10,715.70

(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 : $3,947.40
  • Instructor : Erica Rich

Contact Info :

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.