Correctional Officer Cross-Over Training to Florida Law Enforcement Academy Career Certificate

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Take your career to the next level by becoming a dual certified officer with our correctional officer cross-over to law enforcement program. This program will arm you with the fundamental skills needed to be a law enforcement officer and prepare you to take the state certification exam.

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Getting Started: Spring 12W Session

Sept. 30:  Financial Aid

Jan. 24:  Application

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  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are "scholar-practitioners" with industry experience as well as academic credentials.  
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  • Industry involvement: Our industry-focused certificate programs offer excellent connections to Central Florida employers.
  • Hands-on experience: Practical, hands-on learning experiences prepare students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations.
  • Career advancement: Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into the workforce upon certificate completion.

Additional Information

Correctional Officer Training to Florida Law Enforcement Academy
Type: Career Certificate
Major Code: COTLE-VC
CIP: 0743010702
Educational Pathway: COTLE-VC

Program Description

Available Course Course Not Offered Spring 2022
This course provides an overview of the law enforcement training program and the requirements for students to become sworn officers, gives students instruction on basic criminal justice values and ethics, defines sexual harassment and ways to avoid compromising interactions with other officers and the public and emphasizes the command structure within a criminal justice agency. Students will also receive a basic understanding of the structure and components of the criminal justice system.
To act properly and effectively as law enforcement officers without infringing on individual rights, students must have an understanding of federal, state and local laws. Students will become familiar with case law and how it interprets and further explains enacted laws. This course will provide a solid legal foundation from which students may function as law enforcement officers.
Miscommunication may create problems and potential safety issues. Miscommunication happens for different reasons, including unclear expressions, communication barriers or failure to understand the needs of the listener. This course explains the common communication traits of individuals based upon their cultures, experiences, physical and psychological conditions and how specific situations can challenge an officer’s effort to perform his or her duties. Officers who possess strong interpersonal skills can respond appropriately while circumventing potential emotional triggers during a crisis situation.
This course will enable the student to effectively develop interviewing techniques, note-taking skills and report-writing principles and mechanics. These are critical tasks that law enforcement officers must perform every day. The terms "incident report" and "report" will be used interchangeably throughout this course.
Law enforcement officers will spend the majority of their time patrolling an assigned area. This course provides an overview of the law enforcement techniques and tactics that officers use while on patrol. The course focuses on the use of communications equipment, Community Oriented Policing, officer safety and survival skills, basic instruction on responding to calls, making arrests as well as helpful resources.
Law enforcement officers will spend the majority of their time patrolling an assigned area. While patrolling, officers will respond to a variety of calls for service and will vary between non-criminal and criminal incidents. Non-criminal calls for service may range from a request for information to performing a security check of a structure. Criminal calls for service are any incidents involving an alleged violation of criminal law. This course provides an overview of the more common calls for service that an officer may encounter.
Of all the tasks assigned to law enforcement, none is more important than conducting an impartial investigation to bring a suspect to justice. This is the main reason officers have earned the public’s trust over years of service. The quality of an investigation will undergo scrutiny beginning with the supervisor’s review of the initial report and ending with the appeal process. Officers must conduct each investigation with attention to accuracy, detail and professionalism. Officers will establish a reputation in court and in public based upon the quality of their work. This course will identify the key elements of crimes most frequently encountered during a shift to help the officer avoid some common mistakes made in the field.
Upon arriving at an incident or crime scene, an officer will take a sequences of steps to protect all parties, gather information, identify, separate and interview subjects and complete the initial investigation successfully. The single most significant part of the initial stage of a criminal investigation is the processing of the crime scene, identifying types of evidence that might be present at a scene based on an evaluation of the incident or crime and knowing when and how to get help in searching the scene. The first priority is to secure, protect and preserve the scene to avoid contaminating the evidence. The second priority must be to search for, identify, document, collect and maintain the physical evidence or the prosecution of the suspect may be in jeopardy.
Law enforcement officers must be prepared to address many situations in the course of patrolling their assigned areas. This course provides an overview of law enforcement techniques and tactics employed in confronting large scale or critical incidents.
Law enforcement officers make numerous traffic stops daily. This course prepares basic recruits for traffic stops.
Law enforcement officers make numerous traffic stops daily. All too often, drivers are impaired by the use of alcohol or drugs, making them a hazard to themselves and other motorists. This course will train officers to detect impaired driving, administer field sobriety tests, make arrests when appropriate and record the evidence of a DUI offense.
Law enforcement officers conduct traffic crash investigations by following a step-by-step approach that encompasses the initial response to the scene, scene assessment and protection, the identification and analysis of information gathered from witnesses, the thorough investigation of the crash, the evaluation of physical evidence collected, returning the crash scene to normal, taking appropriate enforcement action and documenting the crash.
This course is designed for instructors to deliver expanded or updated instruction on curriculum topics contained in the cross-over program. The eight hours do not have to be taught in one block but may be distributed as needed throughout the program with the approval of the training center director. For example, additional time may be used to integrate updated techniques or instruction from the high liability textbook, apply relevant case law or review topics from the curriculum textbook not specifically designated for classroom instruction. Because these hours may be distributed to other courses in the cross-over program, a written end-of-course exam is not required for the cross-over program updates course.
This course will better prepare prospective officers to apply all applicable vehicle operations knowledge and techniques. Lab fee required.
This course will introduce the student to the basics of the stun gun, particularly the dart-firing stun gun and provide knowledge of its practical use. Lab fee required.
Total Hours: 518

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Tuition and Fees*

 Crossover Academy: Corrections to Law Enforcment
Tuition and Fees$1,600
Total $1,650

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* Tuition and fees are approximate and are subject to change.  As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.