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Basic Law Enforcement Academies

Program Code: 57022
Full-time: Approximately six months; Part-time: Approximately 9 months

The full-time Basic Law Enforcement Academy runs Monday  – Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., however, class hours do change during the training to achieve certain objectives. On graduation and passing of the State Officer Certification Examination, you are considered a certified law enforcement officer.

The School of Justice also conducts a part-time Basic Law Enforcement Academy Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applicant must:

  • Attend an orientation before submitting application.
  • Submit a completed Personal History Questionnaire
  • Be at least 19 years of age and a United States citizen
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be of good moral character as defined by 11b-27.0011 of the Florida Administrative Code
  • Have not been convicted of any felony, including a "withholding of adjudication," nor convicted of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement. Any and all arrests will be reviewed by the School of Justice
  • Have a valid Florida driver's license and no more than four (4) moving violations in the past 36 months; no driver's license suspensions within the past five years; no convictions of DUI, including a "no contest plea," within the past 10 years; no convictions for reckless driving, fleeing, or leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Submit to a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA); i.e., "lie detector"
  • Submit to a psychological assessment
  • Submit to a physical examination, including screening for illegal substances by a licensed physician
  • Submit to a criminal history verification
  • Submit a credit history with a credit score for the previous six-month period
  • Submit to SOJ Administrative Interview

Basic Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program - National Park Service (NPS)

Program Code: 57024
Full-time: Approximately three months

**Attention the Basic Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program - National Park Service (NPS) Program is under Curriculum Review by NPS. Upon completion of Curriculum Review the program will commence**

The Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program was developed to prepare seasonal rangers to perform law enforcement in areas administered by the National Park Service. This certification enables graduates to work in law enforcement positions with the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the Bureau of Land Management to safeguard our national treasures and provide assistance to the visiting public. In addition, other agencies – including the U.S. Forest Service, Army Corp of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority – also recognize the value of this training when seeking potential employees. 

Cross-over Academy

Program Code: 57016
Full-time: Approximately six months

Tailored for state-certified correctional officers interested in obtaining additional certification as law enforcement officers in the state of Florida, this is an intense program with academic and physical elements conducted in an academy format. Participants are expected to comply with all procedures and practices which apply to other basic training classes. This includes physical conditioning, ceremonial applications and protocols. The program is scheduled to accommodate most agencies in the tri-county area: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., or 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Application:

  1. Attend a School of Justice orientation session

  2. Completion of a personal history questionnaire

  3. Confirmation of employment as a correctional officer (SOJ form required)

  4. Fingerprinting

  5. F-BAT

For more information:

Please contact the Assessment Center at 305-237-1467 for more information on SOJ Academies.

Public Service Aide Academy

Program Code: 57014
Full-time: Approximately two months

This program prepares civilian employees to provide law enforcement-related services to augment sworn staff. The learning design incorporates occupation-specific aspects to a comprehensive curriculum that includes lectures, practical exercises and testing.

Program subjects:

  • Public Service Aide – 110 hours
  • Traffic Accident Investigation Supplemental – 80 hours
  • Traffic Accident Investigation – 80 hours
  • Parking Enforcement Officer Supplemental – 24 hours
  • Parking Enforcement Officer – 16 hours

Program Requirements:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Must submit to a criminal history check

Parking Enforcement Technician Training

Course Code: CJK 0451
1.9 contact hours/0.53 credits

Many municipal and county law enforcement agencies employ non-sworn personnel to monitor and enforce parking ordinances. These employees provide an invaluable service to the community and assist law enforcement personnel. With a task-driven curriculum, parking enforcement specialists will complete their training with more than theoretical knowledge.

Defensive Driving Programs

The School of Justice at Miami Dade College offers a variety of driver improvement and vehicle safety courses. A full-time driving range is staffed by experienced current and retired police officers, including several instructors who have attained a Master Instructor rating from the State of Florida.

Courses include:

  • Driver Improvement – An eight-hour course designed to refresh driving skills.
  • Commercial Fleet Safety Course – A 16-hour course that discusses vehicle dynamic and vehicle safety, followed by 12 hours of driving instructions that includes vehicle handling, emergency evasive techniques and wet-surface handling.
  • Advance Vehicle Operations Course – A 24-hour course that includes advanced vehicle handling techniques and vehicle operations under stress.

We are also able to custom tailor safety courses to meet a wide variety of needs. We currently offer training that would benefit anyone who works out of their vehicle or drives a vehicle as part of their job, including:

  • Government Agencies
    • Code Enforcement
    • Public Safety Aides
  • Private Security Firms
  • Commercial Fleet Operations
Please contact the School of Justice at 305-237-1400 for more information on these programs and more!



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