Career Certificate (Clock Hour program)
This is a Limited Access program.
The mission of the Crossover from Corrections Officer to Law Enforcement Officer career certificate program is to provide education and training to prepare students to take and pass the Law Enforcement State Officer Certification Examination and to perform the duties of an entry-level police officer.
This program provides training to satisfactorily perform the basic duties and responsibilities of an entry-level police officer. Applicants must be state of Florida certified corrections officers and successfully complete the selection process described below prior to being admitted into the program. Once admitted, students can expect to be part of an academically and physically rigorous program. Students must pass 14 written exams with a minimum score of 80% and demonstrate 100% proficiency in the high liability area of vehicle operation.
The Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Center is a certified training center through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) at fdle.state.fl.us. The program is based on the mandated curriculum established by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission at fdle.state.fl.us/CJSTC/Commission/CJSTC-Home.aspx. For more information about the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Center, visit fscj.edu/campuses/north-campus/northeast-florida-criminal-justice-center.
Students must pass an entrance interview prior to acceptance into the program. Students must meet the following program entry requirements:
- Be at state of Florida certified corrections officer. View FDLE Officer Requirements at fdle.state.fl.us/CJSTC/Officer-Requirements/How-to-Become-an-Officer.aspx.
- Not have falsified their program application or personal history.
Completion of this program is intended to lead to employment in certain safety sensitive positions that are also physically demanding. To address student safety as well as a student's ability to be employed within the current employment environment, all students, after taking and passing the Law Enforcement Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT), are required to submit the following to the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Center:
- Drug screen
- Criminal background check
- Physical exam
- Driver history check
- Proof of health insurance
Learn more about the CJBAT at fdle.state.fl.us/CJSTC/Officer-Requirements/Basic-Abilities-Test.aspx.
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