Program Content: The purpose of the Manatee Technical College Florida Law Enforcement Academy is to prepare students for employment or advanced training as Law Enforcement Officers in the State of Florida. The Academy is approved by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Law enforcement cadets will be trained in firearm proficiency, defensive driving, defensive tactics, first responder, and academic areas of criminal justice. Applicants must meet the following criteria: 18 years of age, US citizen, HS diploma/GED®, good moral character, no felony convictions, no misdemeanor convictions involving false statements or spousal battery, good physical condition, and successful completion of the F-BAT. Successful completion of the program prepares graduates to take the State Certification Examination for Law Enforcement, the test required to become a certified law enforcement officer in the state of Florida.
Pre-requisites for law enforcement applicants: Must be U.S. Citizen, 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, pass the Florida Basic Abilities Test (F-BAT), good moral character, no felony convictions involving false statements or spouse battery. Applicants must be in good physical condition, pass a drug screen, and successfully complete a polygraph, criminal history background check and pass the physical assessment test (all 5 absolute standards).
Length of Program: 770 clock hours, which takes approximately 6 months to complete if attending full-time.
Dual Enrollment Available: No
Industry Certification: Program graduates are prepared to earn the Certified Law Enforcement Officer (State of FL) certification.
Articulation: May be available towards credits at Florida public colleges/universities. Speak with a Career Counselor for more information.
Job Placement Rate: 91%
On-time Completion Rate: 94%
Other Classes Offered: Information regarding continuing education classes can be found here under “Law”: https://manateetech.edu/programs/continuing-education/
Practice CJBAT Exams: Information can be found here: https://manateetech.edu/testing/
CJBAT Exams: Information can be found here: https://manateetech.edu/testing/
Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT): Information can be found here: https://manateetech.edu/testing/
State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE): Information can be found here: https://manateetech.edu/testing/
Download State of Florida Frameworks Sheet: Florida Law Enforcement Academy (P430105)
Required Books and Materials: Contact the MTC Bookstore at 941.751.7900 for a current list of required books and materials
Latest Employment Trends: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Regional Labor Supply Dashboard
Possible Careers and Outlook:
33-3051.00 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
Estimated Total: $4,800*
*An additional fee for a uniform, books, supplies and various materials is required. Fees for certifications and/or licensure may or may not be required. Price is for in-state tuition. For out-of-state tuition, speak with a Career Counselor for more information. MTC is not an I-20 institution.
Location: MTC East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211 | 941.752.8100
Start Date: August, January
Start Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For More Information: Contact Suzy Moreno: 941.752.8100 x 2016, Email