This program provides the training needed for corrections officers to transition to law enforcement officers by providing the basic knowledge and understanding required to satisfactorily perform the duties and responsibilities of the police patrol person.
As part of the application process, students are required to:
- Take and pass the Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT)
- Have a driving history check
- Pass physical agility testing
- Have a health physical and medical examination
- Be 19 years of age
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Have a high school diploma or equivelency degree
- Be an American citizen
Specific areas of instruction will include vehicle operations, patrol procedures, criminal investigation, police community relations, and traffic control. This instruction will build on the skills and knowledge they have already obtained through the corrections officer curriculum that they must have successfully completed in the past. The program is limited to Florida certified corrections officers and a valid driver’s license is required.
Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement
By the year 2014, law enforcement will add 145,000 new officers and agents. Twice a year, open house recruitment fairs allow you to apply for programs and positions with numerous agencies.
Police officers average $36,000 annually.
Completion of the program makes you eligible to sit for the State of Florida Law Enforcement exam.
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Total Contact Hours: 457
Total Workforce Credits: 16.5