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Workforce Certificate

Crossover from Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement Officer (5676)

This program provides the credentials you need to transition from corrections officer to law enforcement. Access is limited to current Florida certified corrections officers. The core curriculum complements the experience and expertise you already have with additional training in law, interpersonal communications, radio communications, note taking, report writing, interviewing, ethics, professionalism, court structure, working with communities, diverse and special populations, as well as information about the criminal justice system in Florida and the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

Florida Community College partners with an involved advisory committee of leaders in the law enforcement community for both Duval and Nassau County as the Northeast Regional Criminal Justice Training Center. The scenario-based facility is among the best in the world. It has a track for fast driving in wet conditions and speed chases, live-fire training, a diving tank for search and rescue training, a mock courtroom, an interview room with one-way glass and jail cells. You learn to process inmates, put them into restraints and experience behaviors you are likely to encounter.

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.

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

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

Estimated tuition is $510 (for Florida residents as of 7/05). Contact the program manager for additional costs (textbooks, materials, fees).

Crossover from Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement Officer (5676)

Professional Courses
Contact Hours
Workforce Credits
CJK 0211 Crossover Corrections to
Law Enforcement Introduction
94 1.94
CJK 0020 CMS Law Enforcement
Vehicle Operations
48 1.5
CJK 0212 Crossover Corrections to Law
Enforcement High Liabilities
8 .25
CJK 0060 CMS Patrol 57 1.78
CJK 0070 CMS Investigations 53 1.66
CJK 0075 CMS Investigating Offenses 40 1.25
CJK 0080 Traffic Stops 62 1.94
CJK 0085 CMS Traffic Crash
32 1.00
CJK 0213 Crossover Corrections to Law
Enforcement Tactical
40 1.25
  Total Contact Hours

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.


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