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  Sep 26, 2017
2013-2014 Catalog [Aug. 2013-Aug. 2014] [Archived Catalog]

Law Enforcement Officer (5758) (W.C.)

Workforce Certificate

This limited access program provides job training to satisfactorily perform the duties and responsibilities of a police officer. Areas of instruction include constitutional and criminal law, criminal evidence, court organization and procedures, patrol procedures, criminal investigation, police community relations, traffic control, juvenile procedures, civil disorders, first aid, defensive tactics and firearms training.


The mission of the Law Enforcement Officer career certificate program is to provide education and training to prepare students to perform the duties and responsibilities of a police officer. The program is based on the required curriculum established by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, that represents a balance of theory and practice that prepares the student for employment. The program emphasizes constitutional and criminal law, criminal evidence, and court organization and procedures and patrol procedures.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement

Florida State College at Jacksonville partners with an involved advisory committee of leaders in the law enforcement community in Duval and Nassau County at the Northeast Regional Criminal Justice Training Center. Twice a year, open house recruitment fairs allow you to apply for programs and positions with numerous local and state agencies, as well as the FBI.

By the year 2014, law enforcement expects to add nearly 150,000 new officers and agents.

Accreditation and Certification

This program is accredited by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and completion of the program qualifies you to sit for State certification exams.


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 drug screening
  • Have agility testing and medical examination
  • Pass polygraph and background investigations
  • Oral interview

All students must have attained either a high school diploma or equivalency degree (certificates of completion are not acceptable). Students also must be at least 19 years of age, have a valid driver's license and be an American citizen.

Need More Information? Contact:

Rick Lewis, Criminal Justice Center, North Campus, (904) 713-4877 or

More Information Online

Law Enforcement Officer Application Process 


Upon successful completion of the law enforcement basic recruitment training, students may receive college credit toward the Criminal Justice Technology (2239) (A.S.)  degree program. See the program description for credit award requirements.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a workforce certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Students must fulfill the specific program requirements as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville Catalog.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  3. Complete the required courses as set forth in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog or as approved by the dean of the area.
  4. Complete at least one-fourth of the total clock hours required for a certificate’s program requirements while enrolled at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  5. Students must have fulfilled all financial obligations to Florida State College at Jacksonville before they may graduate.
  6. Students must earn a TABE score that meets or exceeds the program’s exit requirement, if any.

Note: Students are cautioned to provide particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student is deemed eligible for meeting the academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2013/2014) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2018, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2017/2018 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or prerequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

Gainful Employment

This is a gainful employment program. Visit the Gainful Employment page for gainful employment programs' placement and on-time completion rates, median loan amounts, SOC codes and estimated program costs.

Gainful employment programs include only training programs of at least one academic year that lead to a certificate and credentialed non-degree programs (credit programs requiring 30 or fewer credit hours and clock hour programs requiring 600 or more contact hours). These programs prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.