Crossover From Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement Officer

Workforce Certificate

Crossover from Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement Officer

Investigate crimes, control traffic and preserve the peace

The Crossover from Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement Officer Workforce Certificate (W.C.) program offers training for corrections officers to transition to law enforcement officers, by providing the basic knowledge and understanding required to perform satisfactorily the duties and responsibilities of police officer jobs. Based on the required curriculum established by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training commission that represents a balance of theory and practice that prepares the student for employment, the program emphasizes police officer requirements including vehicle operations, patrol procedures, criminal investigation, police community relations and traffic control.

Mission/Purpose 

The mission of the Crossover from Corrections Officer to Law Enforcement Officer career certificate program is to provide law enforcement education and training to prepare students to take and pass the Law Enforcement State Officer Certification Exam and to perform the duties of an entry-level police officer.

Accreditation

The Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Center is a certified training center through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The program is based on the mandated curriculum established by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission that prepares students for careers in law enforcement.

Program Entry Requirements

  • Must be a state of Florida certified Corrections Officer
  • Must be at least 19 years old
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must have graduated from a high school or obtained a high school equivalency certificate
  • Must possess a valid driver's license
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony regardless of whether or not adjudication was withheld
  • Must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving perjury or making a false statement as defined by law, regardless of whether or not adjudication was withheld
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces
  • Must not have falsified their program application or personal history

Application Process

  • Take and pass the Law Enforcement Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT)
  • Have a medical examination certifying your level of fitness to participate in the program
  • Pass a physical agility test (PAT)
  • Pass a drug screen (waived for students currently employed by a law enforcement agency)
  • Have a driver history check
  • Have a criminal background check (waived for students currently employed by a law enforcement agency)
  • Pass a background investigation and a polygraph exam (waived for students currently employed by a law enforcement agency)
  • Proof of employment by a law enforcement agency (if applicable)

Program Code: 5798

518 Clock/Contact hours

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Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is not available.

Phone

(904) 646-2300

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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the State of Florida Law Enforcement exam.

Upon successful completion of the law enforcement basic recruitment training, students may receive college credit toward the A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology degree program to further their law enforcement careers. See the program description for credit award requirements.

Career Opportunities

Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or prison. Bailiffs are law enforcement officers who maintain safety and order in courtrooms (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 
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