A career in Law enforcement

The Law Enforcement Academy gives you the training you need to pass the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification Examination and become a police officer.

SPC's Southeastern Public Safety Institute is an approved FDLE training center and uses the curriculum of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC).

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average

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Law Enforcement Academy costs

In-state residents: $5,000
Out-of-state residents: $11,327.90

Tuition is subject to change. In-state tuition rates only apply to those who can prove Florida residency for at least 12 consecutive months. As part of the admission process, you pay $250 for a background check. Uniforms cost approximately $275.

Covering your tuition

As a Law Enforcement Academy student, you are eligible for financial aid and can apply Florida Prepaid toward your tuition. You must pay your fees up front.

Assistance for veterans

Financial assistance is available to veterans who qualify. Contact the Veterans Services Office at 727-341-4271 for more information.

Law Enforcement Academy schedule and length

22 weeks
7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Monday through Friday
790 hours

Upcoming Academies


PRC 232 January 22 - June 18, 2024
PRC 233 April 1 - August 20, 2024
PRC 234 July 15 - December 10, 2024
PRC 235 Sept. 16 - February 25, 2025


Find out how to apply to SPC's Law Enforcement Academy.

Download Program Admission Guide

Continue your education at spc

SPC's Law Enforcement Academy courses prepare you for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Certification Examination and transfer to our Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Technology. The A.S. degree transfers to our Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Administration.

Public Safety Advanced Training

SPC also offers extensive advanced and specialized training for public safety professionals.

law enforcement Academy

Contact the department at 727-341-4516

Academy Coordinator Joseph Saponare

Jamie Ryan