3340 | Law Enforcement

The Basic Law Enforcement program trains you to become a law enforcement officer in the state of Florida. It is approved by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission for meeting state requirements for law enforcement officer training. By completing the program successfully, you receive an occupational certificate and are eligible to take the state certification examination to become a certified law enforcement officer. You must attend all sessions of training and score a minimum of 80 percent on all examinations per Administrative Rule.

Special Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the program, you must:

  1. Obtain authorization from the Director of the Criminal Justice Academy prior to registering for all or part of this program.
  2. Possess a valid Florida Driver’s License.
  3. Be 19 years of age prior to graduation from the Academy.
  4. Be a citizen of the United States of America.
  5. Submit to a background inquiry prior to admission (additional fee for fingerprint submission)
  6. Not have a record of conviction for any felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or domestic violence.
  7. Successfully pass a Basic Abilities Test (additional fee) prior to admission.
  8. Complete an Academy Application prior to admission.
  9. Pass a physical exam for physical fitness training
  • Weapons and uniforms that meet academy specifications will be provided by the Criminal Justice Academy unless they are provided by the sponsoring agencies.
  • You must register for these classes as a block of instruction.

Length: 770 contact hours / 25.7 occupational credits

Volume 1 – Florida Basic Recruit Training Program: Law Enforcement

Chapter Course Title Hours   Course Number
1 Introduction to Law Enforcement 10   CJK 0001
2 Legal 62   CJK 0012
3 Interactions in a Diverse Community 40   CJK 0013
4 Interviewing and Report Writing 56   CJK 0014
5 Fundamentals of Patrol 35   CJK 0064
6 Calls for Service 36   CJK 0065
7 Criminal Investigations 50   CJK 0077
8 Crime Scene to Courtroom 35   CJK 0078
9 Critical Incidents 44   CJK 0092
10 Traffic Stops 30   CJK 0087
11 DUI Traffic Stops 24   CJK 0084
12 Traffic Crash Investigations 32   CJK 0088
  Sub-total 454    

Volume 2 – Florida Basic Recruit Training Program: High Liability

Chapter Course Title Hours   Course Number
1 CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations 48   CJK 0020
2 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers 40   CJK 0031
3 CMS Criminal Justice Firearms 80   CJK 0040
4 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics 80   CJK 0051
5 Dart-Firing Stun Gun 8   CJK 0422
6 Criminal Justice Officer Physical Fitness Training 60   CJK 0096
  Sub-total 316    
  Program Total 770    

Program Completion in Normal Time:

Normal Program Length

  • 6 months full-time
  • 10 months part-time

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