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.
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
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.
To earn this vocational 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. 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.