Santa Fe's Kirkpatrick Center in East Gainesville, FL has classes in areas that are by far some of the most rewarding of all public safety professions – thus the other title of the Kirkpatrick Center: The Institute of Public Safety.

The areas of academic coursework include:Student Shooting

  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • EMT
  • Paramedic

Take classes or courses that can give you a head start on an exciting and rewarding career in public safety. Want a more secure job in these economic times? Public Safety is for you! Students come to the Kirkpatrick Center from all over the state of Florida.

In the basic law enforcement courses, there is a 99% passing rate (overall) on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, State Officer Certification Exam over the last 10-year period. And, the EMS programs have a 100% passing rate on the exams for certification in that section.

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State of Florida Officer Certification Exam (SOCE)

Santa Fe College’s Institute of Public Safety has an overall 99% passing rate after all attempts for 1,055 students that have taken the course and then taken the state exam. The Kirkpatrick Center offers a great education and prepares you to be a Law Enforcement of Corrections Officer.

Certified Officers/Deputies Specialized Classes

If you are looking for Advanced or Specialized Training, the Kirkpatrick Center adds courses throughout the year and have several scheduled at any given time. Advanced and Specialized Training Courses.


Most veterans have qualities and training that are exactly what the Kirkpatrick Center is looking for in first responders, such as police officers, paramedics, and firefighters. Military police transition very easily to civilian police, and combat medics undoubtedly make some of the very best paramedics.

Best of all, your G.I. Bill 33 pays for everything. From schooling and books to money and living expenses. Our staff encourages and respectfully requests that you consider the Kirkpatrick Center programs if you're a returning veteran as it sometimes makes the transition much easier.