Law Enforcement Academy

With a wide variety of officer types and organizations, the primary responsibility of law enforcement officers is to protect lives and property; all of their duties vary but are rooted in achieving this one responsibility. In almost all situations, law enforcement officers are expected to fulfill their responsibilities whether on or off duty.

Seminole State's Criminal Justice Academy offers a training program for law enforcement officers, which focuses on:

  • Emergency situations
  • Defensive tactics and weapons
  • Vehicle operation and traffic enforcement
  • Law enforcement patrol
  • Criminal investigations
  • Relationships with the community
  • Legal issues

This program prepares students for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's (FDLE) exam. Students cannot be employed as law enforcement officers in Florida unless they pass this training and the state exam.

Attend Criminal Justice Info Session

There will be no in person information sessions until further notice. Please click on the link and view the power point presentation for information on the basic law enforcement academy. If you have any questions, please call 407.708.2187 or 407.708.2299.

Application Deadline for Basic Law Enforcement Fall 2021 Day Academies is Monday, August 2, 2021 by 12:00 noon.

Why Seminole State?

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

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

What is a Law Enforcement Officer?

A law enforcement officer's primary responsibility is to protect lives and property. All of their tasks relate back to this one responsibility. There are a wide variety of types of law enforcement officers and organizations. Duties are performed based on the type of officer and organization. Learn more about a Law Enforcement Officer's job responsibilities by visiting the Law Enforcement Officer webpage.

Law Enforcement Officer Certificate

To earn this career certificate, you must complete the FDLE curriculum. Along with earning the Law Enforcement Officer Certificate from Seminole State, students must take and pass the state certification exam to become certified to work as an officer in Florida. For additional program curriculum information,

How to Apply

To be considered for the program, you must attend one of our mandatory information sessions.  There will be no face-to-face information sessions until further notice.  Please view the power point presentation.  If you have any questions, please call 407.708.2299 or 407.708.2187 Expand the following sections to learn more about admission requirements, class fees and dates.

The academies are limited-access programs. Before gaining acceptance into the program, students must:

  • Complete the Seminole State Admissions application process.
  • Complete the Criminal Justice Institute application and interview process.
  • Refer to admission requirements outlined on the Criminal Justice Admissions page.

To find information about the fees associated with the program or the dates classes are offered, please visit the Criminal Justice Class Fees and Dates page.

Seminole State offers two day (starting in February and June) and two evening (starting in January and May) academies per year. For more information, please visit the Criminal Justice Class Fees and Dates page.


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