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 recruits will be trained in firearm proficiency, defensive driving, defensive tactics, first responder, and academic areas of criminal justice. Successful completion of the program prepares graduates to take the State Certification Examination for Law Enforcement, the test is required to become a certified law enforcement officer in the state of Florida and to obtain employment.
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).
- Attend Information Session at MTC Law Enforcement Academy. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:30am (please call to verify 752-8100 ext. 2000)
- Successfully Pass the FBAT entrance exam: CJBAT(FBAT) Exams: Information can be found here: https://manateetech.edu/testing/
- Apply to MTC athttps://manateetech.edu/apply-now/
- Pickup paper Application from the Law Enforcement Academy front desk once you have passed the FBAT exam. Once the on-line application is submitted, information will be provided via “To-Do List” within 1-2 business days. Check your personal email for log-in criteria. Complete your “To-Do List” found in the paper application. Turn all paperwork into the Academy once it has ALL been completed.
Length of Program: 770 clock hours – approximately 6 months to complete
Dual Enrollment Available: No
Industry Certification: Program graduates are prepared to earn the State Officer (State of Florida) Certification Exam.
Articulation: May be available towards credits at Florida public colleges/universities. Speak with a Career Counselor for more information.
Job Placement Rate: 95%
Download State of Florida Frameworks Sheet: Florida Law Enforcement Academy
Required Books and Materials: Bookstore Page
Program Information Sheet: Florida Law Enforcement Academy 20-21
Possible Careers and Outlook:
33-3051.00 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
Estimated Total: $4,400*
*An additional fee for a uniform, supplies and various materials is required. Fees for certifications and/or licensure may or may not be required. The 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. State Sales Tax calculated at the point of sale.
Location: MTC East Campus, 5540 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211 | 941.752.8100
Start Date: August, January
Start Time: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
For More Information: Please email MTCLawAcademy@manateeschools.net.