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Florida Police Academies with Program Information

Research police academies in Florida, which currently has around 40 schools offering programs. Read an overview of police academy programs, tuition info and program options for the 10 largest of these schools and decide which program is right for you.

Essential Information

Within the state of Florida, several schools offer basic law enforcement recruit police academy programs. Individuals who are already certified probation and correction officers may enroll in cross-over programs, which lead to basic law enforcement certification. Additionally, various government agencies offer training that leads to certification as a law enforcement officer. Read the profiles below of the 10 largest schools offering law enforcement basic recruit training programs, and decide which police academy is right for you.

In order to gain admittance to a law enforcement training programs, students may need to have completed previous college credits, been honorably discharged from the military, be sponsored by a law enforcement agency or pass a basic skills test. Programs may be offered full time during the day, or part time in the evenings and on weekends. Apart from the law enforcement training programs, some schools allow students to also earn a degree in criminal justice, or to transfer credits to a criminal justice program.

Broward College

Located in Pembroke Pines, Broward College offers a 22-week police academy basic recruit certificate program, which leads to certification as a Florida law enforcement officer. Students attend police academy classes Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm. Broward College also provides two cross-over law enforcement officer certificate programs for current probation and corrections officers. Cross-over certificate programs lead to certification as a Florida law enforcement officer and are offered Monday-Friday either during the day (8am-12pm) or evening (6pm-10pm). Students must be sponsored by a law enforcement agency to be eligible for admission into the police academy basic recruit and cross-over certificate programs.

Daytona State College

Located in Daytona Beach, this college administers a year-round law enforcement police academy. Program coursework is offered full-time and part-time. Full-time courses begin in January, March, August and October. Students attend the full-time program, which lasts approximately five and a half months, Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm. The part-time program is offered once a year beginning in March, and students attend courses for nine months, Monday-Thursday from 6pm to 10pm as well as Saturday from 8am to 5pm. Classes are capped at 25 students per cohort. Upon completion of the police academy, students are eligible to sit for a comprehensive exam that leads to employment as a police officer.

Eastern Florida State College

Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa administers a full-time police academy for basic recruit training. Students attend the program Monday-Thursday over the course of four months. Additionally, students must pass an assessment of their physical abilities in addition to the BAT. Applicants are selected eight weeks before the first day of the academy. To be considered for the police academy, students must pass a criminal background check.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College's campus at Jacksonville provides a full-time and part-time police academy, which can lead to employment as a law enforcement officer. Full-time students attend the academy Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm for five months. Additionally, part-time students attend an 11-month program Monday-Friday from 6pm to 10pm. Students enrolled in either the full-time or part-time program are prepared for the State Officer Certification Exam and subsequent employment as a law enforcement officer.

Hillsborough Community College

Hillsborough Community College is located in Tampa. The community college administers a full-time and part-time law enforcement training program. Full-time students attend the police academy Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm for 26 weeks. Additionally, part-time students attend the academy for 40 weeks, Monday-Friday from 6pm-10pm and Saturday from 8am-5pm. On-campus facilities include computer labs, classrooms, interrogation lab, crime lab, courtroom, hazardous materials lab, decontamination lab and exercise room. The police academy partners with the Tampa Police and Fire Training Center and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to provide additional training equipment.

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce's Indian River State College provides a 2-year program, which allows students to complete the law enforcement basic recruit academy as well as earn an associate's degree in criminal justice. Students attend the police academy during the last semester of the associate's degree program and must complete admission requirements for the academy prior to enrollment. Students who complete the police academy will be eligible to sit for the State Officer Florida Certification Exam (SOCE). Also, students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA during the program.

Miami Dade College

Based in Miami, the college provides a basic recruit law enforcement academy as well as a cross-over law enforcement program. The basic recruit law enforcement programs is offered full-time Monday-Friday (6am-5pm) and part-time on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights (6:30pm-10:30pm) as well as during the day on Saturday (8am-5pm). The cross-over law enforcement program is designed for state-certified correctional officers pursuing law enforcement certification. Cross-over law enforcement courses are held in two cohorts Monday-Friday. Students have the option of attending either the morning session (8am-12pm) or the evening session (5:30pm-9:30pm). Furthermore, the college offers a law enforcement training program for individuals seeking employment in the National Park Service.

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth is home to Palm Beach State College. In addition to offering a full-time and part-time police academy, the college provides a cross-over correctional officer to law enforcement officer academy. Credits earned during the law enforcement academy are transferrable into the associate's in criminal justice degree program. Before completing the law enforcement training program, students are required to pass the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) examination.

Seminole State College of Florida

Located in Sanford, the college operates a full-time and part-time police academy. The full-time program runs for 18-20 weeks (February-July or September-May), and classes are administered Monday-Friday from 7:45am-5pm. The part-time program lasts for 29-31 weeks (January-June or August-May), and classes are offered in the evenings Monday-Thursday from 4:45pm-10pm and Saturday from 8am-5pm. Applicants take a basic abilities test as well as attend an information session before applying. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for the interview and application process. Also, Seminole State College of Florida provides a cross-over correctional officer to law enforcement officer program.

St. Petersburg College

Clearwater-based St. Petersburg College offers a full-time police academy basic recruit training program. To be eligible for the police academy, applicants must have completed 30 college credits (any area of concentration) or an active tour of military service with an honorable discharge. The police academy is a 22-week program, and classes are held Monday-Friday from 7:45am-4:45pm. Multiple class cohorts begin the police academy every year.

Career Requirements

To be a law enforcement officer in the State of Florida, you first must complete a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) academy. Many law enforcement programs require students to complete a Basic Ability Test (BAT) before enrolling in the police academy. Additionally, students will need to pass a physical abilities test and a criminal background check. Upon completion of a police academy program, students are able to sit for the state officer certification exam.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Police Academy Programs Offered Estimated Costs (2015-2016)
Broward College 4-year, public; mid-size city Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program,
Correctional Probation Officer Cross-Over to Law Enforcement Officer Program,
Correctional Officer Cross-Over to Law Enforcement Officer Program
$3,880**
Daytona State College 4-year, public; small city Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program $2,663 (in-state); $9,002 (out-of-state)**
Eastern Florida State College 2-year, public; suburban Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program $3,022 (in-state); $8,943 (out-of-state)**
Florida State College at Jacksonville 4-year, public; large city Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program $2,830 (in-state); $9,944 (out-of-state)*
Hillsborough Community College 2-year, public; large city Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program $4,809 (in-state); $10,841 (out-of-state)**
Indian River State College 4-year, public; suburban Associate in Science in Criminal Justice plus Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program $3,299 (in-state)**
Miami Dade College 4-year, public; large city Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program,
Correctional Probation Officer Cross-Over to Law Enforcement Officer Program,
Basic Seasonal Law Enforcement Officer Training Program (National Park Service)
$2,834 (in-state); $9,661 (out-of-state)*
Palm Beach State College 4-year, public; suburban Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program,
Correctional Probation Officer Cross-Over to Law Enforcement Officer Program
$2,444 (in-state); $8,732 (out-of-state)*
Seminole State College of Florida 4-year, public ; suburban Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program,
Correctional Probation Officer Cross-Over to Law Enforcement Officer Program
$2,800 (in-state); $8,020 (out-of-state)**
St. Petersburg College 4-year, public; small city Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program $4,000 (in-state); $9,962 (out-of-state)**

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Schools' websites.


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