Law Enforcement Academy Information

All scheduled academies are for agency-hired cadets only.

Police Academies
Police Academies Orientation Program Dates Graduation (Date/Location)
#354 Police Academy 10/04/2023 10/12/2023 - 03/29/2024 03/27/2024 | Bailey Hall
#355 Police Academy 10/11/2023 10/19/2023 - 04/05/2024 04/03/2024 | Bailey Hall
#356 Police Academy 10/25/2023 11/02/2023 - 04/19/2024 04/17/2024 | Bailey Hall
#357 Police Academy 11/16/2023 11/29/2023 - 05/10/2024 05/08/2024  | Bailey Hall
#358 Police Academy 02/29/2024 03/13/2024 - 08/16/2024 08/14/2024 | Bailey Hall
#359 Police Academy 04/24/2024 04/30/2024 - 10/04/2024 10/02/2024 | Bailey Hall
#360 Police Academy 06/05/2024 06/11/2024 - 11/15/2024 11/13/2024 | Bailey Hall
Correction Academies
Correction Academies Orientation Program Dates Graduation (Date/Location)
#176 Basic Corrections Academy 11/7/2023 11/13/2023 - 02/23/2024 02/21/2024 | Bailey Hall
#177 Basic Corrections Academy 03/26/2024 04/01/2024 - 06/28/2024 06/26/2024 | Bailey Hall
#178 Basic Corrections Academy 07/30/2024 08/05/2024 - 11/01/2024 10/30/2024 | Bailey Hall
Crossover Academies CO to LEO
Crossover Academies CO to LEO Orientation Program Dates Graduation (Date/Location)
#48 Corrections Crossover-Part-Time TBD TBD N/A

**DATES/TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE!**

Police Academy

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 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 12:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Students must be hired and sponsored by an agency.

Requirements for entry into the Police Academy are:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • 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

All tests are available at the Criminal Justice Testing Center located on Central Campus.

For additional information on becoming a certified officer in Florida please contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Full Police Academy Program (PDF)

Physical Fitness Preparation Guide (PDF)

Corrections Officer/Deputy Academy

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).

Monday through Friday,7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Information on how to become a Corrections Officer:

Broward Sheriff's Office Detention Deputy Sheriff Information and Application

Corrections Officer Academy Basic Recruit Training Program Code 5270

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).

Correctional Officer Crossover to Florida Law Enforcement Officer Academy Major Code 5278

Equivalency of Training Process

This process 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 process. The Equivalency of Training Process allows an officer to be exempt from the full basic recruit academy.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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

Once approved, you will receive an Equivalency of Training CJSTC Form 76.

You will then need to demonstrate proficiency in the high liability areas and pass the state certification exam in the same discipline within 1-year of receipt of the approved Equivalency of Training CJSTC Form 76.

You can attend the 92-hour high liability courses at the following local locations:
Palm Beach State College - Main Number 561-207-5000

Miami-Dade Police Academy - Main Number 305-715-5000

You must take and successfully complete your State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE)

We process EOTs here at Broward College but currently do not offer any of the courses needed to complete the EOT. In addition, your $295.00 processing fee does not include the high-liability courses you must demonstrate proficiency in or your State Officer Certification Exam. Those are additional fees.

College Credit Based on Academy Completion and Experience

 

Students may earn college credit toward a Criminal Justice degree through Prior Experiential Learning by completing a Police, Corrections, or PSA Academy. For specific requirements, please click on one of the below Academies:

College Credit for Police Academy (PDF)

College Credit for Corrections Academy Post 2014 (PDF)

College Credit for PSA Academy (PDF)

Resources

Robert Voss, Associate Dean, Criminal Justice Training
Building 21 | Room 114
954-201-6396
rvoss@broward.edu

Rosa Velez-Ryan, Coordinator, Public Safety Academy Programs
Building 21 | Room 113
954-201-6923
rvelezr@broward.edu

Laura Johnston, Executive Assistant
Building 21 | Room 111A
954-201-6792
ljohnst1@broward.edu

Vacant, Executive Assistant
Building 21 | Room Room 111
954-201-4971

Lekita Thompson, Career and Technical Education Advisor
Building 21 | Room 102
954-201-6919
lthomps5@broward.edu

 

Mario Cicatello, Faculty
Building 21 | Room 141
954-201-6802
mcicatel@broward.edu

Richard Schwab, Faculty
Building 21 | Room 127
954-201-4972
rschwab@broward.edu

Rick Rocco, Faculty
Building 21 | Room 222
954-201-6799
rrocco@broward.edu

Alex Vera, Faculty
Building 21 | Room Room 222
954-201-6704
rvoss@broward.edu

Pre-Exam Qualification Course FAQ's

Yes, in most cases you can. You must contact one of the approved selection centers or an employing agency and provide them with documentation proving that you have worked at least one year as a full-time certified officer, and have comparable training to Florida’s basic recruit training program. Once the selection center or agency determines your eligibility, you will be issued an approved CJSTC Form 76.

Upon receipt of this approval, you will have one year to demonstrate proficiency in the high liability areas (which may take one to two weeks) and pass the State Officer Certification Exam.

If you cannot complete this process within one year from receiving the approved Application for Equivalency, you must complete the full basic recruit training program pursuant to s. 943.131(2), F.S. You are only allowed one Equivalency​

Per the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, you are only permitted three opportunities to pass.

Individuals who do not pass after three attempts must complete the applicable Basic Recruit Training Program and reapply to take the State Officer Certification Exam. ​

You are required to take the SOCE within one year of receiving the exemption, according to the Florida State Statute 943.121.