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Who We Are

To be a law enforcement officer in the State of Florida, you first must complete a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) academy, presented by one of the Regional Training Centers in Florida. The School of Emergency Services is an FDLE Certified Training Center. 

During the academy, you will learn everything that you need to know to get you started in a career as a law enforcement officer. After successfully completing the academy, students take the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). Passing the state examination qualifies the individual for employment as a law enforcement officer anywhere in the State of Florida.

Admission to Daytona State College does not guarantee entrance into a limited access program.

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Additional Information about the Florida Law Enforcement Academy

Program Information

Interested in becoming a Law Enforcement Officer? View the minimum requirements, course description and tuition below.

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  • Minimum Requirements

    Requirements to be employed as an Officer in Florida

    Below are the minimum requirements as per Florida State Statute, Florida Administrative Code and Daytona State College Criminal Justice Training Center.

    • Be at least 19 years of age for law enforcement and correctional probation.

    • Be at least 18 years of age for corrections.

    • Be a citizen of the United States.

    • Have earned a high school graduate or equivalent (GED). (A bachelor’s degree is required for correctional probation officers.)

    • Have not been convicted of any felony or of any misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement.

    • Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, not-withstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.

    • Have never received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.

    • Have good moral character.

    • Have passed a Commission approved Basic Abilities Test, if not certified and attending a Florida Basic Recruit Training Program.  A BAT is not required for correctional probation. 

    • Have successfully completed the Florida Basic Recruit Training Program for the respective discipline or completed the Equivalency of Training process. 

    • Have achieved a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination.

    • Have been fingerprinted by the employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI.

    • Have successfully passed a background investigation, to include drug testing.

    • Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or certified advanced registered nurse practitioner, to include an EKG and drug screen

    • Currently possess a valid driver's license.

    • Students will be held accountable for the policy and procedures of the Criminal Justice Training Center Program as outlined in the CJTC student policy/rule book, as well as the college student handbook.
  • Tuition & Fees

    Law Enforcement Academy Costs

    This program is eligible for federal financial aid and state Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

    Approximate Additional Costs

    Program Tuition and Fees*: $2,111
    Access Fee: $29.78 ($1.16 per credit)
    Assessment Fee: $34 (First Semester Only)
    Lab Fees: $409
    FDLE BAT Exam: $40
    Physical Exam: $150 to $250
    Textbook/Equipment/Uniforms: $800
    Graduation Fee: $10
    State Exam: $100

    *In-State tuition only; out-of-state tuition will be higher.

  • Course Outline

    Law Enforcement Academy Courses

    This program is certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Courses include the following topics: 

    Introduction to Law Enforcement
    Interviewing and Report Writing
    CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations
    Serving Your Community
    CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
    CMS Criminal Justice Firearms
    Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
    Fundamentals of Patrol
    Crimes Against Persons
    Crimes Involving Property and Society
    Crime Scene Follow-up Investigations
    Traffic Incidents
    Traffic Stops
    Traffic Crash Investigations
    DUI Traffic Stops
    Critical Incidents
    Law Enforcement Officer Physical Fitness Training
    Conducted Electrical Weapon/Dart-Firing Stun Gun
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key dates

January 2024

Application Deadline: November 15, 2023

March 2024

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024

May 2024

Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

August 2024

Application Deadline: June 15, 2024

October 2024

Application Deadline: August 15, 2024