Law Enforcement Academy (Limited Access Program)
Who We Are
To be a law enforcement officer in the State of Florida, you first must complete a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) academy, presented by one of the Regional Training Centers in Florida. The School of Emergency Services is an FDLE Certified Training Center.
During the academy, you will learn everything that you need to know to get you started in a career as a law enforcement officer. After successfully completing the academy, students take the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). Passing the state examination qualifies the individual for employment as a law enforcement officer anywhere in the State of Florida.
Admission to Daytona State College does not guarantee entrance into a limited access program.
Start your path with the Law Enforcement Academy
- Bunnell Police Department
- Daytona Beach Police Department
- Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety
- DeLand Police Department
- Edgewater Police Department
- Flagler County Sheriff's Office
- Flagler Beach Police Department
- Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Florida Highway Patrol
- Holly Hill Police Department
- Lake Helen Police Department
- New Smyrna Beach Police Department
- Orange City Police Department
- Ormond Beach Police Department
- Ponce Inlet Police Department
- Port Orange Police Department
- South Daytona Police Department
- Seminole County Sheriff's Office
- Volusia County Sheriff's Office
Interested in becoming a Law Enforcement Officer? View the minimum requirements, course description and tuition below.
Requirements to be employed as an Officer in Florida
Below are the minimum requirements as per Florida State Statute, Florida Administrative Code and Daytona State College Criminal Justice Training Center.
Be at least 19 years of age for law enforcement and correctional probation.
Be at least 18 years of age for corrections.
Be a citizen of the United States.
Have earned a high school graduate or equivalent (GED). (A bachelor’s degree is required for correctional probation officers.)
Have not been convicted of any felony or of any misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement.
Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, not-withstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
Have never received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Have good moral character.
Have passed a Commission approved Basic Abilities Test, if not certified and attending a Florida Basic Recruit Training Program. A BAT is not required for correctional probation.
Have successfully completed the Florida Basic Recruit Training Program for the respective discipline or completed the Equivalency of Training process.
Have achieved a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination.
Have been fingerprinted by the employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI.
Have successfully passed a background investigation, to include drug testing.
Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or certified advanced registered nurse practitioner, to include an EKG and drug screen
Currently possess a valid driver's license.
- Students will be held accountable for the policy and procedures of the Criminal Justice Training Center Program as outlined in the CJTC student policy/rule book, as well as the college student handbook.
Tuition & Fees
Law Enforcement Academy Costs
This program is eligible for federal financial aid and state Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
Approximate Additional Costs
Program Tuition and Fees*: $2,111
Access Fee: $29.78 ($1.16 per credit)
Assessment Fee: $34 (First Semester Only)
Lab Fees: $409
FDLE BAT Exam: $40
Physical Exam: $150 to $250
Graduation Fee: $10
State Exam: $100
*In-State tuition only; out-of-state tuition will be higher.
Law Enforcement Academy Courses
This program is certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Courses include the following topics:
Introduction to Law Enforcement Communication Legal Interviewing and Report Writing CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations Serving Your Community CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers CMS Criminal Justice Firearms Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics Fundamentals of Patrol Crimes Against Persons Crimes Involving Property and Society Crime Scene Follow-up Investigations Traffic Incidents Traffic Stops Traffic Crash Investigations DUI Traffic Stops Critical Incidents Law Enforcement Officer Physical Fitness Training Conducted Electrical Weapon/Dart-Firing Stun Gun