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2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog
Florida Community College at Jacksonville
  Mar 07, 2021
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog 
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog

Crossover From Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement Officer (5756)

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Workforce Certificate

This program provides the training needed for corrections officers to transition to law enforcement officers by providing the basic knowledge and understanding required to satisfactorily perform the duties and responsibilities of the police patrol person.

Application Procedure

As part of the application process, students are required to:

  • Take and pass the Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT)
  • Have a driving history check
  • Pass physical agility testing
  • Have a health physical and medical examination
  • Be 19 years of age
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalency degree
  • Be an American citizen

Specific areas of instruction will include vehicle operations, patrol procedures, criminal investigation, police community relations, and traffic control. This instruction will build on the skills and knowledge they have already obtained through the corrections officer curriculum that they must have successfully completed in the past. The program is limited to Florida certified corrections officers and a valid driver’s license is required.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement

By the year 2014, law enforcement will add 145,000 new officers and agents. Twice a year, open house recruitment fairs allow you to apply for programs and positions with numerous agencies.

Annual Salaries

Police officers average $36,000 annually.


Completion of the program makes you eligible to sit for the State of Florida Law Enforcement exam.

Need More Information? Contact:

Stephanie Scott, North Campus, (904) 713-4900


Total Contact Hours: 457
Total Workforce Credits: 16

Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI)

Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take the following courses:

Record of Conviction of a Crime

If the students enroll in an internship or cooperative education class and are seeking experience at a law enforcement agency or facility under Children and Family Services then a background check is performed by the law enforcement agency or facility, and the student may be denied employment (paid or non-paid) based on their criminal record.


Your workforce credits may apply toward the Criminal Justice Technology degree program.

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