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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Criminal Justice Academy -Law Enforcement Officer PSAV

Law Enforcement Officer Program  (5600) LIMITED ACCESS

Type of Award
PSAV - Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

Program Website

Program Description
The Criminal Justice Academy is a limited access program governed by Palm Beach State, Region XII Justice Training Council and the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

The Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training prepares students as entry-level law enforcement officers in the State of Florida. Practical skills and simulated activities complement the classroom instruction. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Certification Examination. This minimum standards class is regulated by Florida statutes and is a highly structured and disciplined program with special rules, policies and procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements
All candidates entering the program must have proof of a standard high school diploma or U.S. GED and are required to complete the Selection Center Testing through Palm Beach State or enter under the auspices of a Palm Beach County law enforcement agency. Additionally, they must complete a Palm Beach State application, achieve passing scores on the Basic Ability Test (BAT), and successfully pass a fitness ability test, a medical examination, a complete drug screen, and a criminal background investigation that includes a military, employment and education check. All candidates will be required to successfully pass a psychological exam and a polygraph exam.

Successful candidates will be accepted into the academy program. For information on testing or academy beginning dates, call (561) 868-3398 or visit the Web site at

Meeting with Rules and Regulations
Students registering in the Law Enforcement, Corrections or Crossover Academy must meet and abide by the rules and regulations of the Palm Beach State Criminal Justice Institute. These rules are provided in the Academy Rules and Regulations. Further, students are also subject to the rules and regulations of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission(CJSTC) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

Completion Requirements
Modular Examination Failure
Failure of any modular examination in academy training will entitle the student recruit to one re-test (not the same test), which must be taken before the academy ends. Failure of the re-test will result in the student repeating the module.

Statewide Examination and Failure
At the completion of academic training, the applicant must file with CJSTC to take the statewide certification examination. There is a $100.00 fee for filing. The test will be developed and administered by CJSTC. A total of three attempts will be permitted. Failure of the third test attempt will necessitate repeating the complete academy training program.

Program Length
Total program hours: 770
Approximate program length: 6 months fulltime, 9 months parttime

The program is offered at the Lake Worth location.

For More Information

Christine Todaro,, (561) 868-3908

Employment Opportunities
The Law Enforcement Officer Program provides eligibility for certification as a Florida law enforcement officer.

Gainful Employment
For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit

Career Path Notes
Students completing either concentration of the Criminal Justice Academies are strongly encouraged to continue their education by completing the A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Technology. Students completing the Law Enforcement program at Palm Beach State College automatically earn credits towards the A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Technology.

Career Center
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