The Law Enforcement Academy, Basic Recruit Training program is a 22-week (770 hours) program that provides training to prepare a student for the physical and mental demands of a career as a Florida police officer or deputy sheriff. Training and classes take place Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Students must be hired, sponsored by an agency or have completed the open enrollment process. For information about open enrollment refer to the PDF file located in the Open Enrollment tab.
Requirements for entry into the Police Academy are:
Age 19 or higher
Good driving record with no tickets
Possess a high school diploma or GED (college background highly desirable)
Clean criminal record
Test requirements are:
Florida Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test for Law Enforcement (CJBAT)
- Basic Motor Skills Test (Agility)
- Swim Test
- TABE test (for some agencies)
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Police Academy Major Code 5269.pdf
Physical Fitness Preparation Guide.pdf
Broward County Police Academy Gainful Employment Disclosure
Corrections Officer/Deputy Academy
The Corrections Officer/Deputy PSAV certification program prepares you to train to become a State of Florida corrections officer. Corrections officers/deputies typically work in:
- City jails
- County jails
- State prisons
They are responsible for the supervising, care, custody and physical restraint, when necessary, of inmates.
Courses for the certificate program train you to:
- Apply first aid safely
- Prepare for an emergency
- Defend yourself and others
Upon satisfactory completion of this 420-hour program, students will be eligible to take the State Officer Certification exam for Corrections Officers as prescribed in Florida State Statute Chapter 943.17(1).
For more information on how to become a Corrections Officer, click here:
Open Enrollment Law Enforcement Academy
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Corrections Officer Crossover to Law Enforcement Officer Academy
The Law Enforcement Officer Crossover from Correctional Officer PSAV certificate program is designed to train you if you are currently certified in the corrections discipline to laterally move to the law enforcement discipline. This course recognizes your previous training in a basic certification program and meets all requirements of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
Upon satisfactory completion, students will be eligible to take the CJSTC Certification Examination, as prescribed in Florida Statute § 943.17(1).
Equivalency of Training Course
This course is intended for out-of-state officers, federal or military officers and previously certified Florida officers with a four year or more break in service pursuant to section 943.131(2). An officer cannot have more than an 8 year break in service in order to be eligible for this course. The Equivalency of Training Course allows an officer to be exempt from the full basic recruit academy.
Requirements to attend:
Worked for at least one year as a full time (40 hours per week) sworn officer in the discipline that you are seeking;
Attended an academy comparable to Florida's basic recruit full time academy or
Were previously certified in Florida
The course consists of:
Demonstrate proficiency in the following high liabilities:
Within this course, you will also receive a review for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE). After showing proficiency in these areas and achieving a passing score, you will then be permitted to take the SOCE exam.
Police Service Aide (PSA) Academy
The Police Service
Aide Academy is a five and a half week training program and meets Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entry to the academy is available to hired participants as well as self-sponsored. Participants in the Police Service Aide Academy must wear their department issued uniforms or purchase uniforms. Uniforms are not provided by Broward College/Institute of Public Safety.
Training is conducted in:
- First Aid
- Traffic Control
- Parking Enforcement
- Police Community Relations
- Traffic Accident Investigations
For more information on how to become a Police Service Aide and enroll in the academy, contact 954-201-6926
Correctional Probation Officer Academy
The Correctional Probation Officer PSAV certification is a three month program which prepares you to work in the State of Florida as a Correctional Probation Officer. Emphasis is placed on case load management, supervision and defensive tactics. To enter the Correctional Probation Officer Program, you must first be hired by the state to enter the academy.
The program consists of 449 hours, which is typically completed in three months. Course topics include:
Physical fitness training
Correctional probation training
Defensive tactics for probation officers
Upon satisfactory completion of this program, student will be eligible to take the State Officer Certification exam for Correctional Probation Officer as prescribed in Chapter 943.17(1) Florida State Statutes.