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 four ways one can become a certified Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida:
Complete a basic recruit training program for Law Enforcement Officers.
Be certified in the State of Florida as a Correctional Officer and Complete a Crossover program from Corrections to Law Enforcement.
Be certified in the State of Florida as a Correctional Probation Officer and Complete a Crossover program from Correctional Probation to Law Enforcement.
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:
Complete the appropriate training program.
Pass the Florida State Certification Examination.
Be employed or appointed as a Law Enforcement Officer by a certified Agency.
Minimum requirements for employment as a Law Enforcement Officer
Be at least 19 years of age.
Be a citizen of the United States.
Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
Not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.
Achieve a passing score on the CJBAT Test for Law Enforcement.
Have been fingerprinted by the employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI.
Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician.
Have good moral character.
Completed an Affidavit of Applicant form CJSTC-68.
Successfully passed a background investigation to include drug testing.
Successfully completed one of the Law Enforcement Officer Basic Recruit, Crossover, or EOT training programs.
Achieve a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination.
Complied with mandatory retraining for continuing training or education requirements.
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.
Step 1: Achieve a passing score on the CJBAT test for Law Enforcement Officers
Additional information regarding this exam will be provided.
Step 2: Application
You are eligible for an application when CJBAT is passed. This will be verified by an Academy Staff member. If you did not take the exam with the academy, you must provide a copy of your results. Each class has a registration period. Information provided on the back of this page for those dates. You may pick one up (walk-in) no appointment necessary.
Step 3: Submit the application packet
·Call to schedule an appointment 239-334-3897. Ms. Floria Bell will review your application packet. Applicants must have application completed with all paperwork required. Other subjects that will be scheduled and pay on this day: Fingerprints and Physical Agility Test.
·Fingerprints $52.50 (Credit Card only)
·Physical Agility Test $25.00 (cash, credit card, money order).
Step 4: Interview
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 measured for uniforms and a full payment of $150.00 is due at this time. Boots can also be purchased $80.00. Payment is accepted in Cash, Credit/Debit Card, or Money Order to be made payable to” Criminal Justice Uniforms.” Criminal Justice Protections Uniforms & Supply Inc. email@example.com
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.
·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.
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