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:
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.
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:
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.
How do I learn more about the program?
To be considered for the program, you must attend one of our mandatory information sessions.Check out the Information Sessions page for more information.
Information about the program curriculum can be found here.
What are the admissions requirements?
The academies are limited-access programs. Students must complete the Seminole State Admissions application process as well as the Criminal Justice Institute application and interview process before gaining acceptance into either program. The admission requirements are outlined on the Criminal Justice Admissions page.
How much does the program cost?
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.
When is the program offered?
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.