Crossover from Correctional to Law Enforcement Officer

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This crossover program allows correctional officers to refocus their careers on law enforcement. The curriculum is not designed as a retraining program; rather, it builds on students' experience as a correctional officer by adding law enforcement knowledge and skills.

The Correctional-Officer-to-Law-Enforcement-Officer Program focuses on:

  • Vehicle operation and traffic enforcement
  • Law enforcement patrol
  • Criminal investigations
  • Relationships with the community
  • Legal issues
  • Dealing with emergency situations
  • Defensive tactics and weapons
How does Seminole State's program help me make the transition from correctional officer to law enforcement officer?

Seminole State's Criminal Justice Academy is a state-certified training center. We have been preparing students for careers in law enforcement since 1969. Our success is due to:

  • A thorough selection process
  • Small class sizes that provide the opportunity for individualized training
  • Instructors who teach traditional law enforcement with modern techniques and technology
  • Adherence to Florida state requirements and regulations
What are the program requirements?

To enter the program, students must:

  • Complete the admissions requirements for Seminole State. Apply for vocational certificate COTLE-VC.
  • Complete the Criminal Justice General Information Sheet.
  • Provide a passport-sized photo.
  • Submit test scores for CJBAT for Law Enforcement (scores must be current on first day of class, valid for four years).
  • Provide the Seminole State Records Office with all official college and high school transcripts.
  • Provide a copy of FDLE Corrections Certificate.
  • Submit to a criminal background check (if not currently employed in corrections) or provide an employment verification letter (if currently employed in corrections). Background check livescan cost: $58.50.
How do I earn the certificate?

Before you can enter the program, you must have successfully completed a Florida Corrections Basic Academy Program. Once you have entered the program, you must complete the curriculum to earn the certificate.

Earning the certificate does not mean you are a Florida certified law enforcement officer. It means that you are eligible to take the FDLE exam for certification. You cannot be employed as a law enforcement officer in Florida unless you pass this exam.

Want more info? Contact us.

Criminal Justice Institute
Fax: 407.322.1309
Office: PS-100
Campus: Sanford/Lake Mary

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