The Correctional Officer Academy at Santa Fe College prepares students as entry-level correctional officers in Florida. This minimum standards coursework is regulated by Florida statutes and is a highly structured and disciplined program with special rules, policies, and procedures. Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements before gaining admission to the Academy.
The program will vary in length depending on weekly schedule and consist of 420 contact hours. Students can expect to learn practical skills through classroom instruction and participate in a variety of training simulation exercises. Top-notch instructors bring their on-the-job experiences and knowledge into the classroom delivering curriculum developed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The curriculum consists of 10 chapters of training including legal topics, communication, supervising special populations, firearms, and other topics that the State mandates.
Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the FDLE State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE).
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